David Harsanyi
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank recently poked some fun at the GOP and its tenacious -- and, evidently, hopeless -- insistence on voting to roll back provisions of Obamacare. Surely, you've heard about Albert Einstein's apocryphal quote defining insanity as doing something over and over again and expecting different results.

The left, you may notice, rarely holds that sort of defeatist attitude about "the law of the land" -- not on gay marriage or immigration or No Child Left Behind or, well, any other injustice Washington throws at it. Persistence is a virtue in those cases. In this case, for Republicans (and more than 20 insane Democrats who voted to delay the individual mandate for another year), the choice is madness or surrender.

That's fine. But there are many definitions of insanity. Take the one offered by "Prozac Nation" author Elizabeth Wurtzel: "Insanity is knowing that what you're doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can't stop it." That brings me to President Barack Obama's Thursday speech kicking off yet another campaign to persuade the public to ignore all available evidence about the Affordable Care Act.

"I recognize that there are still a lot of folks -- in (Washington), at least -- who are rooting for this law to fail," Obama tells us. True. But also outside of Washington. Small businesses, for instance. It would be madness, no, to implement a law that would cause (as a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey found) 74 percent of small businesses to fire workers, cut off hiring and cut work hours during the middle of a stagnant economy? It would be lunacy to create an environment that (according to a deep dive by Louise Radnofsky at The Wall Street Journal) would mean consumers seeing insurance rates "double or even triple when they look for individual coverage." Why would we not reform aspects of a law that many experts predict will trigger companies to avoid federal penalties by offering limited plans sans many benefits, such as hospital coverage, and push people onto subsidized "exchanges"?


David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.