Hank  Adler

"I know that all revolutions must have ideologies to spur them on. That in the heat of conflict these ideologies tend to be smelted into rigid dogmas claiming exclusive possession of truth, and the keys to paradise, is tragic. Dogma is the enemy of human freedom."

Saul Alinsky

Rules for Radicals

If still alive, Saul Alinsky, the guru of America's left, would easily be able to predict the upcoming 2014 nightmare for the Democratic Party. The personal inability of the President to change course with respect to Obamacare combined with the possibility that there is no longer any easy or reasonable short term fix for this poorly considered legislation should result in a continuing daily media ration of verifiable healthcare nightmares across the country. Harry Reid's decision to trade 215 years of Senate filibuster tradition for a few lifelong appointments to the Federal Court should also be regarded as only icing on the Obamacare nightmare cake.

If the Republicans can avoid nominating 'three headed' candidates, not always a given, the historical comparison could be of the proportions of the Watergate-dominated congressional elections of 1974. In that election, the Republicans lost 49 seats in the House of Representatives and 3 seats in the United States Senate because of a discredited president. Déjà vu all over again.

Obamacare should be the equivalent of water torture or water boarding for Democrats in 2014. There will be so many tragic and on-going media stories throughout 2014. Regardless of whether and when sign-ups actually begin to take place on the website, the 2014 media stories are already in place. From the media side, these stories will come with the benefit that they are very inexpensive to report. Through real life tragedy, the media will deliver daily stories that will demonstrate the reality of Obamacare:

· The general public will fully realize that the basic economics of Obamacare are to provide free and subsidized health insurance to many previously insured and uninsured individuals while essentially requiring everyone one else to pay that bill through higher premiums.

· The thought of a presidentially promised $2,500 decrease in annual premiums will have been demonstrably proven to be a fabrication. By Election Day, owners of new insurance policies will have made eleven separate higher monthly payments for their health insurance.

· The public will fully realize that they will not be able to keep the doctor they had in 2013 or will lose their doctor after 2014. Stories of lost doctors and ensuing death are inevitable.


Hank Adler

Hank Adler is an Assistant Professor at Chapman University.

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