Friday, November 14, 2014

Obama Doomsday Scenarios

Doomsday is near; die all, die merrily.

Shakespeare (1564-1616), King Henry IV

Once an election is won or lost by crushing margins, doomsday scenarios set in.

Republicans are saying ObamaCare and liberalism and the Democratic party are dead. Merrily march on. Turn right. Pass the XL Pipeline. Kill the medical innovation tax. Repeal ObamaCare.

Democrats and Obama are saying there is life in the Old Girl yet. Take a sharp turn to the left. Defy the GOP Grim Reaper. Declare amnesty for five million illegal immigrants. Close Guantanamo. Conclude Iran nuclear deal. Tell the world you have solved climate change problem. Announce a series of executive orders and vetoes in advance.

But whatever you do, you Republicans and Democrats, do something, or you’re out of there in 2016.

Replace ObamaCare with something simpler and more understandable. Replace it with something that offers choice of doctors and health plans, shopping across state lines, lower premiums, lower deductibles, lower co-pays, benefits tailored to the individual, catastrophic insurance, and more coverage of the uninsured at lower costs than ObamaCare.

There are ways of doing this (see “Getting There: How to Transition from ObamaCare to Real Health Care Reform,” James Capretta and Yuval Levin, Weekly Standard, September 22, 2014 ). There's always Doom for Improvement.

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