Donna Wiesner Keene

The Left has yet to come to grips with how to handle the fallout from the ObamaCare disaster, which has exposed not just the inherent problems with having government attempt to take control of our health care system, but the truths that liberals have worked so hard to hide.

Recently, on the reliably liberal PBS show, the News Hour, hosted by two clear stalwarts of the Left, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, a well-spoken attorney voiced her disappointment with having to pay $5,000 per year extra to pay for her health care after ObamaCare regulations forced her insurance company to drop her. In her fifties, she lamented that her insurance now included pregnancy care. In the next breath, she said she voted for Obama twice, believes in everyone being covered, and claims “no one told me” health care would be more expensive.

How is it possible that this apparently educated woman could have been shocked by this? Just how many attorneys believed that people like them would somehow avoid being charged more to pay for the uninsured and the unhealthy? Did she really believe that 23 taxes inherent in something called “The Affordable Care Act” were not designed for her income bracket? That she would not be affected to pay for others? If not her, who exactly was going to pay?

But the unreality of the liberal complaint goes much further than missing the existence of taxes and increased costs to achieve “fairness.” My Congressman, Steny Hoyer in the Democratic Leadership, joined Democratic Senators up for re-election to call for legislation that somehow would force insurers to reinstate cancelled individual policies. Sure, that would stop the short-term pain, but these Obama-called “substandard policies” (read, “you are too stupid to buy what is good for you”) were by design supposed to be short-lived after the bill was enacted. Killing the private sector and forcing everyone to pay for over-priced, full-service plans is necessary to make the rest of ObamaCare work.

Stopping the complaints today would only further distort the unequal distribution of government’s health care Ponzi Scheme, or, to use liberal terms, the “unfairness.” To be “fair,” ObamaCare had to skyrocket the costs of insurance for healthy members of the middle class, to pay for the “free” or “subsidized” health care of the uninsured.


Donna Wiesner Keene

Donna Wiesner Keene, a senior fellow at Independent Women's Forum, is CEO of BrainTrain, a business specializing in marketing and communicating political ideas and projects.