We Told You So
We had to wait three and a half years from the time it was passed for ObamaCare to fully go into effect, and now we know the purpose of that delay, don’t we? It wasn’t because they needed four years to implement it, because they put off many key decisions about ObamaCare until after last year’s election. No, they needed the delay so that we wouldn’t “find out what’s in it” until after the election. Because if any of this had happened before November 2012, do you think Barack Obama would be sitting in the Oval Office right now?
Never was a disaster more predictable, or more widely predicted. Possibly my own greatest moment of vindication as a writer is the fact that I warned, in late 2009, that under ObamaCare “You Will Lose Your Private Health Insurance.” Lo and behold, four years later, we’re losing it. And we’re not happy about it. That’s the big story to look for in 2014, by the way. I’m already hearing stories about Democratic operative being approached in public and told off by angry strangers who are livid at losing their insurance.
The disaster started building very early in the year. In January, I cited early reports that the Affordable Care Act was making insurance unaffordable.
The most astonishing aspect of ObamaCare’s collapse is that President Obama himself has been forced to liquidate it, delaying or suspending the law one provision at a time. The process began in the middle of the year. As I proclaimed:
So much of the law has dissolved on contact with reality that I eventually called it VaporCare:
But it is also very ominous, because these suspensions and constantly changing deadlines indicate that there is no law any more, just presidential edicts.
George Will described the president’s habit of announcing changes to the law at press conferences and complained that he is effectively treating the White House press room as a third chamber of the legislature. Will eloquently sums up ObamaCare as “a tapestry of coercions mitigated by random acts of presidential mercy.”
Or as I put it way back in July: