For Obamacare to "work," the young and the healthy must sign up -- otherwise the estimated costs for Obamacare go out the window. Here's the problem: For a relatively small amount, they could have bought insurance before now -- but chose not to. Obamacare is betting that these healthy young adults will buy health care insurance at prices more expensive than today's rates -- rather than face a first-year fine of $95 on their 2015 taxes. What if they don't pay the fine? The IRS's maximum punishment is to take the penalty from the scofflaw's current or future tax refund -- assuming there is one. Is this enough leverage to force healthy young people to buy a product many neither want nor believe they need?
Obamacare's prime Democratic sponsor, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., now calls Obamacare "a train wreck." Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., wants a delay on the Obamacare mandate for individuals, the mandate on employers having already been postponed for one year.
This brings us to MSNBC's Ed Schultz, and the ability for even the most strident to reconsider when faced with facts.
Schultz, after the Sandy Hook tragedy, characterized the Founding Fathers as intolerant, homophobic, misogynistic slave-owners. He teed off on the Second Amendment. "But dammit," he said, it's the guns. Period!"
Then something extraordinary happened: Schultz changed his mind. Oh, he won't flat out say it. But after the recent mass shooting at Navy Yard in D.C., one expected Schultz to again attack the "antiquated" Second Amendment. Instead Schultz said: "Why should there be restriction on people who are law-abiding citizens that don't have mental health issues? That are law-abiding citizens? That pay their taxes? That do everything they're supposed to do? But then every time there's a mass shooting we're going to have a conversation about what I can own in this country. This is freedom, isn't it? ... And what is at the crux of all of this is freedom! You can go out and purchase a firearm! And there are groups out there that want to limit that and the types that you own because some crazy guy went in and shot up a workplace!"
Call this speculation, but in June, the Obama-ordered CDC study on defensive uses of guns came out. According to the study, Americans use guns for defensive purposes "at least" as often as they are used to commit crimes. The CDC's report even cites studies that put the number of defensive uses of firearms as high as 3 million times each year. "Self-defense can be an important crime deterrent," said the CDC, and when the victim uses a gun for self-defense, studies "have found consistently lower injury rates ... compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies."
So the evidence is in. Obamacare proves, once again, that there's no such thing as a free lunch. Congressional Democrats, as with Schultz, you can change your mind when faced with facts. Just say you "evolved."