It never ceases to amaze me how just plain oblivious the people in charge of this country are. They think of themselves as the “best and the brightest”, capable of organizing the lives of 330 million Americans better than we can organize them for ourselves, yet they manage to totally screw up the most simple, obvious things.
While Republicans in congress have been busily working to legalize, subsidize and enfranchise 30 million new illegal alien Democrat voters, in the hopes that some of them might convert to the GOP out of gratitude, Democrats are only now starting to realize that their crowning achievement from the heady days of President Obama’s first term, Obamacare, is a ticking time bomb set to explode right before the next midterm elections. It now appears that health care premiums under that act, rather than becoming “affordable”, could double or triple within the next year.
This should come as no surprise. When you mandate all sorts of extra coverage, lower deductibles, modified community rating, “free” preventive care, and most especially guaranteed issue, someone is going to pay. Not only will people and businesses see their costs skyrocket, but many people will be dumped from employer plans altogether (it will be cheaper for some businesses to just pay Obamacare’s fines), while others in low skilled jobs will get “skinny” insurance, which covers only routine, everyday costs, but does nothing for you if you come down with cancer or get hit by a truck. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/349094/band-aid-health-insurance-michael-barone
Add to this the problems federal and state governments are having just putting together the software needed to run Obamacare’s insurance exchanges (which are supposed to be functional in just over five months), and Senator Max Baucus’ “train wreck” comment looks pretty sagacious (and would look even more sagacious if he wasn’t one of Obamacare’s chief architects).
If national Democrats weren’t almost as stupid as national Republicans, they would “postpone” much of Obamacare indefinitely, or at least forget to implement it, sort of like the President has forgotten about closing Guantanamo, after making a big splashy show of intending to do so four years ago. But fortunately for Republicans, that’s not likely to happen, and the whole Rube-Goldbergian mess will come crashing down on the nation just in time for the 2014 midterm elections, and should be of such a magnitude that even reliably Democratic low-information voters can’t fail to notice.
Now if Nancy Pelosi can just sabotage comprehensive immigration reform by insisting on immediate full welfare benefits for illegals and ruling out even cosmetic border enforcement (thereby pulling off the GOP’s fig leaf), Republicans will have a decent shot at re-taking the Senate, and maybe even beating Hillary in 2016.
On the other hand, being who they are, the GOP establishment is likely to come up with some new way to screw up their chances.