Supporters of this law argue (hope?) that popular hostility will recede now that it has passed. And yes, 32 million people will gain the theoretical right to health insurance. But half of that coverage comes from placing at least 16 million more Americans into Medicaid, an unpopular and overextended welfare program that already rations care. As Americans feel the bite of higher taxes and notice they’re not benefiting, opposition to the law will only increase.
There’s a reason government-run health care has been the holy grail of the Left for decades: It represents a giant step toward the creation of a European-style welfare state. This is an evolution Americans have resisted since our beginnings because it is alien to our national character.
Americans instinctively dislike the ugly deals and kickbacks used to pass this law. They’re aware that the actual law signed by the president contains payoffs for Florida, Nebraska, Louisiana and other states. But those deals are useful in that they’ve educated people as never before about the differences between the liberal and the conservative visions for America.
Our health care system requires reform.
We can and should strengthen the ability of American families to choose the coverage they want, rather than giving that power to Congress and its agency bureaucrats. We can also spur competition and choice to bring efficiency and lower costs to the health system, in place of Obamacare’s deadening regulation and damaging price controls. And, above all, we should foster state innovation rather than Washington-based central planning.
There are no permanent defeats in Washington. Things looked bleak for the colonists in 1776, and they prevailed. The forces of freedom will do so again.
Round two of the struggle to improve health care is underway.