Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ObamaCare: Not the Same Old Story

It’s still the same old story,

A fight for love and glory,

A case for do or die,

As time goes by

Herman Hupfeld (1894-1951), As Time Goes By

Today, as a GOP Congress takes over, it’s not the same old story.

The new Congress hopes to repeal ObamaCare, reverse taxes on medical innovation companies, expand the penalty free full time workweek from 29 to 40 hours, and to otherwise remove the individual and employer mandates . And the Supreme Court may declare illegal subsidies via federal health exchanges.

Whatever transpires, such as a series of Presidential vetoes, ObamaCare will not go on unimpeded. Odds are, the health law will not win the liberal fight for public love and political glory, now that voters have sided with the GOP by 60/40 margins in the midterm elections.

The evidence that the progressives’ fight for love and glory is drawing to a close is clear.

• The Harvard Faculty, the highest paid faculty in the land and arguably the most liberal, which backed ObamaCare to the hilt and provided manu of its experts, is now up in arms about increased healthcare costs with diminished benefits, which it must now bear with the rest of the us in the U.S, (Robert Pear, “Harvard Squacks as Costs Come Home to Roost,” New York Times, January 5, 2014).

• Stephen Brill, a wealthy journalist, lawyer, ObamaCare supporter, and author of America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Healthcare System, said in a video yesterday, “There’s nothing in the legislation that brings down healthcare costs…the drug companies are making more money, the hospitals are making more money, and everybody is happy except for the taxpayers.”

• Only Tevi Troy, a Republican and former deputy secretary of Health and Human Services and presiendt of the American Policy Institute, seems happy (“The ObamaCare Crucible, “ Commentary, January 2014).

“The perception of an arrogant elite foisting a costly and unpopular bill on a resistant American public will be hard to erase. Gruber’s comments seemed at heart the purest example of modern, activist liberal thinking: We, the elites, know what is good for the people, but it is too difficult to explain to the hoi polloi. It must be foisted upon them for their own benefit.”

“As it turns out, the future of the ACA will not be determined by arrogant MIT professors who look down on the American people, but by the American people themselves, through their chosen representatives. The people will continue to judge the law based on what it costs them, whether the goals of near-universal coverage are met, and whether they will be able to keep the insurance they originally had. They will make their views known, in 2015 and beyond.”

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