Ken Connor

The hallmark distinction between Liberals and Conservatives in America is our radically divergent view of government and its role in the lives of citizens. Liberals are convinced that a strong central government is necessary to ensure that everyone "gets their fair share," while Conservatives believe that free markets are the best mechanism for allocating resources. Liberals value equality of results, while Conservatives value equality of opportunity.

Historically, Liberals have had a rhetorical advantage with their brand of "equality" talk. They are viewed as champions of the disadvantaged and downtrodden, while Conservatives are demonized as heartless worms who care nothing about the plight of the have-nots. Perhaps no policy debate highlighted this contrast more than the one that preceded the passage of Obamacare. As we are now painfully aware, Obamacare is a law that's long on sentiment and short on sensibleness. Democrats were so focused on the symbolic value of the legislation that they neglected to consider the logistics of its implementation. The idea was all that ever mattered – the idea of comprehensive, affordable, accessible health care for all without exception. We were told that the Affordable Care Act would realize this vision, although no one seemed quite able to tell us how. We needed to pass the law so we could find out what was in it, remember?

Fast forward to today. The President and his congressional counterparts got their way and Obamacare is the law of the land. The genie is out of the bottle and the American people are finally getting their chance to find out exactly what this law is all about. Turns out all those mean Republicans were onto something when they questioned the wisdom of entrusting one sixth of the U.S. economy to an ideologically-driven president and his bureaucratic minions. From the start, this law has been about one thing: the redistribution of wealth under the guise of health care reform. The President wants a single payer system and Obamacare was engineered to push the system in that direction. We were told that the law would increase competition and lower costs but the opposite is happening. People were promised that they could keep their insurance if they like it and keep their doctors, but the opposite is happening. Now we're being told that these broken promises are unintended consequences. The President simply didn't realize how complicated overhauling the health care system would be. Imagine that! A community organizer with zero business experience didn't realize how difficult it would be to reconfigure America's hugely complex health care system.


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.