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Friday, October 18, 2013

ObamaCare's Problems Continue to Spiral

"My magical powers will give you, the people, the best health care and no increase in cost because it will be subsidized by the wealthy-- which is defined by anyone possessing a job."

Why is this a surprise to anyone? I guess because so few people pay attention to how government contracting goes.

From AllahPundit at HotAir.com:

Via Lachlan Markay and Ace, who calls it “Nixonian.” This is the rare Hot Air item that might actually make liberals angrier at the White House than conservatives. If you’d staked your party’s credibility on realizing the utopian dream of universal health care only to have Obama deliver this fartburger, you’d be furious. Why anyone on either side still wants Sebelius in charge, I have no idea.
Facing such intense opposition from congressional Republicans, the administration was in a bunker mentality as it built the enrollment system, one former administration official said. Officials feared that if they called on outsiders to help with the technical details of how to run a commerce website, those companies could be subpoenaed by Hill Republicans, the former aide said. So the task fell to trusted campaign tech experts.
Very important to understand: Between this and the fact that HHS deliberately hid the price of insurance behind a reg wall on Healthcare.gov to reduce “rate shock,” the grand takeaway about the website’s failure is that O and his team made it much worse than it needed to be because they were terrified of transparency. And the reason they were terrified of transparency, both in the case of hiding the cost of the premiums from web users and hiding the site’s architectural problems from contractors who might be hauled before Congress, is because they know they’ve delivered a bad product. Put the premiums on the front page and the public, expecting “affordable care,” would recoil at the truth. Put the contractors at the witness table before Issa’s committee and the public, expecting that the government would “fix” health care, would recoil upon discovering that they can’t even build a website with three years’ lead time.
While the website roll out was, of course, a disaster and is making some press, the real problems in ObamaCare resides not merely in its execution, but in its content. Yes, the implementation of it was guaranteed to be a disaster, but the real disaster is still to come.

Government price controls and government-mandated coverage will lead to shortages of services, medical supplies, and the nightmare scenario of lobbying federal officials for coverage of various diseases. It's in the recipe. There's no way to avoid it.

As I have said numerous times before-- and having actually read the huge law itself-- ObamaCare cannot work. It's very simple. The only question is how much costly suffering, both in terms of dollars and in human life, will we have to endure until it is thrown into the ash bin of history. My bet, a helluva lot.

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