Thursday, December 4, 2014

Requiem for ObamaCare

That we would do, we should do, when we would, for this “would” changes.

Shakespeare (1564-1616), Hamlet

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

Title of popular song

After their devastating midterm losses, Democrats are holding a requiem for ObamaCare.

This requiem could be titled: Woulda, Coulda, Shouda, Gooda, meaning no use dwelling on what would, could, and should have been, and is.

The Woulda, Coulda, Shouda, Gooda theme goes like this:

On ObamaCare, we woulda have been better off not passing it and holding out for single payer or a public option; we coulda focused on the economy rather than health care, but we made a mistake and blew it; we shoulda not have listened to that Gruber guy and we didn’t , even though we did; we were big and bold and moved forward, for 9 to 10 million now insured and for the common gooda, even though it raised the price for s the middleclass, the seriously ill who needed special drugs, and those who had to pay higher deductibles causing millions to delay or put off care.

In short, What's done is done. Now we must move on.

In retrospect. was ObamaCare worth it?

You betcha, say Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sibelius, President Obama, and the 9 to 10 million uninsured signing up for subsidized health exchanges plans.

Not if we have to pay extra, said the middle class, those in unsubsidized health exchange plans, and voters, who could, would, and should not afford the new elevated deductibles, premiums, and co-payments.

Sources reporting on December 3 and 4

1. “Dems on O-Care: Was It Worth It?" The Hill

2. “Obama Author: Health Law Is ‘Really Complicated,” The Hill

3. "Kathleen Sibelius: Jonathon Gruber: Who?” USA Today

4. “Cancer Patients (and HIV, MS, and Patients with Certain Chronic Diseases Pay More for Care, “ Bloomberg Business World.

5. “ObamaCare Sign-Ups Top 765,000 in First Two Weeks, “ National Journal.

6. "Consumers Absorb More Health Costs, and Delay Care, Wall Street Journal

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