Paul Jacob

Mr. Humpty Dumpty provided the lesson.

Not a novel lesson, I grant you. All the great sages gave similar warnings: “Don’t bite off more than you can chew”; “Look before you leap”; “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” So, I repeat, not novel. Call it oval, in honor of Mr. Dumpty — or, more properly, ovoid, because three-dimensional. And because it was President Barack Obama who had the pride, it was he who went before the fall, pushing his ovoid — Obamacare — off the wall.

And now he can’t avoid the fallout.

Which is a broken medical insurance market. Indeed, a shattered legacy, for which grand effort by all his horses, all his men — every last functionary and flunky and fizzled fanatic — will be of no use.

This is one mess that won’t be cleaned up to the satisfaction of its original proponents.

But, you object, Obama didn’t push his ovoid off the wall. What happened was Congress passed the monstrosity without reading it, and Obama signed it without comprehending it, all against much protest . . . that’s an awful lot like a shove.

There were reasons Americans resisted, the largest being that pregnant Tea Party query, “why start a new ‘entitlement’ program when all the other major welfare programs are on the brink of bankruptcy?”

Democrats had grown too confident of their historical mission to put more and more of American society under government control. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid — these were Democratic badges of honor. The fact that these were all poised to land splat on the pages of history, like a trio of ovoid eggs, did not faze them, for these partisans have (as I explained last week) the hubris to think they can fix anything broken — but their faith in government means any fix can only be seen as a fix if it involves more government. Hence Obamacare, which was supposed to make medicine so much less expensive that it would solve the Medicare and Medicaid problem snap, just like that.

It didn’t work that way.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.