Those saying the legislative fight to address Obamacare wasn’t worth are basically upset because they missed an opportunity for a public relations campaign. Why mount a public relations campaign? To win the mid-term elections next year and then capture the White House in 2016. Proponents of this wait-and-see strategy promise that come 2017 we will be able to stymie Obamacare.
A sustained public relations campaign and a promise is little comfort to Robert Hare and Gregory Rothrock, both of whom were profiled by the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday. Their plans, bought from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, will become illegal on January 1, 2014 thanks to Obamacare. The Detroit Free Press reported 146,000 Michiganders will face loss of cheap policies thanks to the law. One insurance broker told the Chicago Tribune “I'm telling (clients) that everything they know historically about health plans has changed.”
“ObamaCare is going to be the end of the American free-enterprise health-care system,” Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham told the Wall Street Journal over the weekend. “We needed a plan to stop it. And if anybody has a plan other than what we're proposing; let's discuss it." But none of the counterfactuals you will hear in the coming days and months would have addressed these problems.
Americans suffering under the burden of Obama’s economy and health care regime don’t have the luxury of engaging in imaginary what if gamesmanship. They are just looking for someone in Washington to stand up and fight for them right now, not in 2017.