NEW YORK CITY — Details remain sketchy of the facts leading up to the crash. We really won’t know what happened until someone finds the black box. I am talking about the crashing of our health care system under ObamaCare. At least the Malaysian Air folks sent victim families a text.
It will be coming up on its fifth anniversary next year of ObamaCare. The traditional fifth anniversary gift is wood, so I remain hopeful we will take a wooden baseball bat to the law.
The “Affordable” Care Act was born of deception with statements like “We have to pass the bill so you can see what’s in it,” and “If you like your insurance and your doctor, you can keep them — period.” Contrived in malice and surviving only because the media look the other way, ObamaCare is an unwieldy morass of a solution to a problem that never existed.
Unwinding the dictatorial debacle will be hard. Originally sold as saving families $2,000 a year, ObamaCare will double most families’ net health care costs. Prior to the passage of ObamaCare and taking into account what their employers contributed, the average family paid about $2,500 per year for coverage. Now the third-rate “Bronze Plan” the law offers is expected to cost $19,000. But don’t worry —unions and politicians in Washington have exempted themselves.
Moochers of all ilks sat in front of their computers trying to get what they thought was free health care. Democrats sat at their PCs for five hours at a time trying to take advantage of others, beating the previous record set by Congressman Anthony Weiner.
It is not the website debacle that is the issue with ObamaCare. It’s the failed ideology — the notion that a cumbersome and inefficient government can better handle for you what you have handled quite well to date for yourself and your family.
As Putin was invading the Crimea, Obama was peddling his snake oil to the gullible young. He did an awkward skit on a web show called Between the Ferns with comedian Zack Galifianakis. It is a time- honored tradition where stars come on TV talk shows to plug their comedy acts; sadly, in this case Obama’s was the “Affordable” Care Act.
Obama also pushed ObamaCare when he appeared on TV to fill out his March Madness brackets. He has Putin taking Poland after Russia got past Ukraine in the first bye round.
Maybe when Obama goes on American Idol next week with his pick for the winner, Ryan Seacrest will ask him hard questions: Why have only a fraction of his administration’s predicted seven million signed up for the great ObamaCare? How many of them have actually paid? How many just were shoved into the existing Medicaid system that we all will have to pay for?
Joe Biden was even dispatched to The View to peddle the failing ObamaCare, which represented a first for Joe. With Elisabeth Hasselbeck gone, he was finally the smartest person in the room.
Most followers of Obama thought ObamaCare was to be free. Imagine their surprise if they signed up anyway. If we know anything about those who mooch off government offerings, their money is good when it comes to paying for things on the honor system.
Watching Democrats stand by ObamaCare is like witnessing the wives of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner standing by them at their press conferences.
Instead of arguing on the merits, O-bots attack anyone who opposes them. The White House and its subsidiaries in the media went after Matt Drudge this week, calling him a liar when he said he had just paid his first ObamaCare penalty. They said it did not kick in till next year, and excoriated him for lying. Well the clownish media were wrong again and Matt Drudge was right. He paid (like all businesses have to) his quarterly tax payments for next year to include his ObamaCare penalty. Drudge was right, those who wrote and implemented the law were wrong.
Young kids will find no reason to pay the high ObamaCare rates. They are either covered under their parents’ plan, can just pay a $95 tax penalty, and are covered for preexisting conditions. If anything happens, they can just go buy insurance and we all will pay the bill. It’s like not having car insurance; you just bring the crashed car in and get paid if you have a wreck. ObamaCare is starting to make Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan look like well thought out plans.
Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com or visit www.RonaldHart.com