Friday, September 5, 2014

ObamaCare Triology

Every reform, however necessary, will be... carried to excess, that itself will need reform.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834

I am in the midst of writing a three book summary of the history of ObamaCare.

Book One – From Enactment to Enrollment, March 2010 to October 2013

Book Two - The First Enrollment, Start to End, October 2013 to April 2014

Book Three - End of First Enrollment to Midterm Elections, April 2014 to November 2014

These books represent distinct stages in ObamaCare’s evolution – the most dramatic expansive reform of the health system in U.S. history.

No one doubts reform was needed. But how it was done – unilaterally without consulting the opposition party, which represents nearly half of the American people and 60% of the states, is open to debate.

The first book sets the stage for implementation.

The second book describes the gaffes, confusion and uncertainties of implementation.

The third book asks the question: Is ObamaCare dead or alive?

Setting aside the rhetoric about covering the uninsured as a moral imperative for a civilized nation, consider the reality that the majority of the American people, particularly the Middle Class, bear the burden of reform. From the beginning to enactment to the present, Americans have opposed ObamaCare by double digit margins(currently 13% in the average of national polls).

“ObamaCare: Dead or Alive?” is a reasonable question to ask. American democracy, after all, is based on the consent of the majority of the governed.

Who should decide, the temporary governing politic party or the majority of consumers, who reform is to be carried out?

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