One year ago, President Obama opted to shove his radical health care prescription down the public’s throat. The measure passed Congress via reconciliation along party lines. To accomplish even this, liberals relied on amongst other things, unprecedented back room deals, budgetary gimmicks, and a Christmas Eve vote. At first glance one might ask: What a difference a year makes? Yet, on closer inspection, a more appropriate question to ask is has anything really changed.
The opposition to ObamaCare’s government takeover of medicine has always been substantial. The legislation greased the wheels for huge Republican gains in the 2010 midterm elections. Since taking over the House, Republicans have already voted to repeal the legislation, but these efforts died in the Democrat-led Senate. On the legal front, twenty-eight states have challenged the constitutionality of the individual mandate and two judges have declared the provision unconstitutional. The hitherto popular child-only individual insurance market has collapsed under the weight of ObamaCare’s hefty mandates and regulations, foretelling a scary fate for the adult insurance market when in the near- future similar mandates will kick in.
It’s been a rough first year for President Obama’s signature legislation. The president has ardently stuck to his baby. During the prolonged health care debate, he gave countless speeches, town halls, and radio interviews to pitch his liberal program. The president spoke about it from border to border and coast to coast. He was here, there, and pretty much everywhere to discuss his plan. President Obama acknowledged his plan had failed to garner widespread public support, but blamed this on poor communication. He claimed people did not understand the contents of the package. When in reality, the public understood it all too well. Unfortunately for the president, the problem was substance not marketing. Yet his solution was always repackaging and better marketing. Ultimately, when this failed to work, the president chose the sledge hammer: reconciliation.
President Obama more recently employed this strategy when he told governors at the National Governor’s Association meeting that he would be willing to move up the timetable states can opt out of the legislation with the caveat being they would have to cover the same number of people with the same benefits. At first glance this seems like a president willing to come to the table, but in reality it’s simply ObamaCare’s latest make-over.
Indeed the more things appear to change, the more they stay the same for a determined left-leaning president. Sadly President Obama with his never-ending packaging for ObamaCare is winning this stalemate. The longer it stays on the books and once the bureaucracy is established, the harder it will be to repeal with grave consequences for the world’s premier health care system.