David Limbaugh
Could the boondoggle we call "Obamacare" be a bigger disaster? Is there any better example of the arrogance, incompetence and remorselessness of top-down central planning?

The very name of the law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is a deceptive euphemism, as it neither protects patients nor makes health care more affordable.

The law was born in hell. The premises upon which the bill was based, the promises its proponents made and the corruption and high-handedness in its legislative process tainted it from the outset.

Remember how the administration sent a threatening letter to Humana and other companies, threatening legal action for expressing their opinion that under Obamacare, some seniors would lose their coverage? Or how it pressured insurance executives to support the plan?

Anyone paying attention at the time knew the bill was full of accounting gimmicks and political tricks. Sen. Lamar Alexander aptly described Obamacare as "the most brazen act of political arrogance since Watergate ... in terms of thumbing your nose at the American people and saying, 'We know you don't want it, but we're going to give it to you anyway.'"

It was not President Obama's fancifully optimistic predictions about the bill that were vindicated but those of the bill's opponents, whom Obama brutally demonized during his endless campaign to pass the measure.

Contrary to Obama's assurances before it passed, Obamacare would increase, not decrease, the cost of health insurance to individuals. It would not improve but reduce the quality of health care. It would not reduce but increase the deficit. It would not come close to eliminating the number of uninsured. It would not enable people to keep their own plans or doctors. It would violate the conscience rights of faith-based health providers. It would fund abortion. It would create new burdensome taxes. It would not grow the economy but shrink it. It would increase unemployment and part-time employment. It was a Trojan horse for a single-payer plan. It would result in many doctors' early retirement and thousands of bright students reconsidering their pursuit of a career in medicine.

The American people sensed from the beginning what a mess Obamacare was. Even after all the lies, backroom deals and executive branch strong-arming, the people didn't buy into it. Indeed, the authoritarian cram-down of this monster catalyzed the creation of the tea party and led to the Republican congressional rout in 2010.


David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert in law and politics and author of new book Crimes Against Liberty, the definitive chronicle of Barack Obama's devastating term in office so far.

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