Apparently, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Obama thought implementing ObamaCare by destroying the current system would be smooth and easy. She was wrong:
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that she did not anticipate how complicated implementing the president's signature healthcare law would be.
"The politics has been relentless and that continues," Sebelius said, according to Reuters. "There was some hope that once the Supreme Court ruled in July, and then once an election occurred there would be a sense that, 'This is the law of the land, let's get on board, let's make this work.' And yet we will find ourselves having state-by-state political battles."
Speaking to students at the Harvard School of Public Health, Sebelius said implementation had been hampered both by the law's slow roll out and red-state governors and legislators who have rejected state-run insurance exchanges.
"It is very difficult when people live in a state where there is a daily declaration, 'We will not participate in the law,' for them to figure out whether they are going to benefit," Sebelius said.
When people say ObamaCare is a nightmare, they mean it quite literally. It's amazing Sebelius and Obama just expected every Republican governor would go right along with their plan, despite the extremely negative economic consequences. Not to mention, is she really still trying to push the "this will benefit you" line? People have always hated ObamaCare and they hate it even more now. On January 1 Americans saw five new ObamaCare taxes kick in, medical device companies are laying off workers, employers are either cutting hours or cutting workers to absorb the costs of the legislation, six in 10 doctors are expected to retire early, students are reconsidering med school and the average cost of a health insurance plan for a family of four under ObamaCare will be $20,000. All great benefits.
39. From what you’ve heard or read, do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010? IF APPROVE: Do you strongly approve or somewhat approve? IF DISAPPROVE: Do you somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove?
Approve: 41 percent
Disapprove: 46 percent
Strongly approve: 21 percent
Strongly disapprove: 35 percent
40. From what you’ve heard or read, do you think the 2010 health care law will mostly help you personally, will mostly hurt you personally, or don’t you think it will have much of an effect on you personally?
Help: 15 percent
Hurt: 37 percent
No effect: 41 percent
The best we can hope for is that this thing collapses on itself, reverting back to the old system capable of new reforms and that people have a visceral reaction to future government overreaches into the healthcare system.
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