Larry Elder

Obama did not inherit a massive "green jobs" initiative, in which government bureaucrats will "invest" taxpayer money in "promising" technologies proposed by companies that failed to persuade private investors to bet on them. Only a leftist can condemn "corporate greed" on the one hand and, with the other, throw billions in corporate welfare dollars to the same corporations for "renewable energy" to make "green jobs."

Obama did not inherit ObamaCare, a monstrosity that even he no longer claims will "bend the cost curve." Using his Democratic veto-proof Senate supermajority, along with a parliamentary maneuver used in an unprecedented manner, he rammed through ObamaCare. It adds 30 million Americans to the ranks of the insured, including people who made the conscious decision not to carry insurance. He ignored obvious measures to improve accessibility and affordability, like knocking down restrictions that prevent health insurers from offering policies across state lines.

With the arrogance of a community organizer for whom "profit" is a four-letter word, Obama expected merely to wave his hope-and-change wand and -- voila! -- companies would continue to operate as they did before. They would make no adjustments to reflect the new costs imposed on them. Americans would suddenly enjoy sensational health care -- only better, more accessible and, of course, cheaper.

Had this repudiation of Economics 101 actually worked, ObamaCare really would have been a "big f---ing deal."

Large insurers recently announced large premium increases. They are dropping certain policies, like those for children only, because ObamaCare requires the acceptance of those with pre-existing illnesses. When insurance companies announced increased costs and/or reductions in policies, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius summoned her inner Fidel Castro: "There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases." No wonder they kept Gitmo open; health care dissidents have to be "re-educated" somewhere.

Obama said: "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what." But employers are now asking for larger copays or offering more restrictive plans. Some will drop them altogether and pay the fine.

Several states filed lawsuits to declare unconstitutional ObamaCare's mandate that every American man, woman and child have health insurance. With a four-conservative/four-liberal/one-swing-vote Supreme Court, the mandate could be struck down for violating the commerce clause. No mandate, no ObamaCare.

It's been one quite expensive and, to an unknown degree, irreversible teachable moment. As for Obama, he doesn't get it. Leftists seldom do. But for most voters, the fog has lifted.

Obamalism does not work.

Larry Elder

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