Monday, March 23, 2015

Lighting and Blowing Candles on ObamaCare’s Fifth Birthday

Out, out, brief candle!

Shakespeare (1564-1616), Macbeth

It’s here. ObamaCare made it until its fifth birthday.

Some people are lighting and blowing candles on the cake. Notable among these people is President Obama himself “On Anniversary, Obama Tells Critics to ‘Embrace Reality” (The Hill). His five year old child is alive. It has reduced overall costs. He says premiums are not as high as they might have been. More people are insured than might have been. As one sage observed, "The saddest words are it might have been."

But others are trying to snuff out the candle.

“Unhappy Birthday, ObamaCare,” Sally Pipes, New York Daily News.

“The Health Law Hasn’t Aged Well,” Editorial, The Washington Examiner.

“Five Years In, Busted Predictions,” Sam Baker, National Journal.

For others, the candles are still there, but they are flickering. but for them, they are burning their personal candles at both ends as they struggle to make ends meet.

“Small businesses struggle with Health Law,” Joyce Rosenberg, USA Today.

“Under the Health Law, Many Tax Filers Discover Costly Complications.” Abby Goodnough, New York Times.

“ObamaCare’s Potential Has Been Stymied by Politics, “ Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times.

Making predictions about ObamaCare is hazardous business. It is like blowing candles in the wind. As Sam Baker observed in the National Journal, the prediction made when ObamaCre became law have not to come to paas.

These predictions included. 1) it would be dead by now; 2) it would become popular; 3) it would end Medicare; 4) it would end private insurance; 5) if you like your plan, you can keep it.

As for me, I am currently working on a book with the self-explanatory title of ObamaCare’s Decline and Fall.

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