Remember a couple of months ago when the Obama administration sent letters to four states promising to use federal agents to enforce Obamacare if the states failed to? Well, it appears that smug arrogance may have been a bit premature.
Reuters reported last month that many of the Affordable Care Act’s supporters are getting concerned that the states are not doing enough to support the legislation and that, without their help, enough people may not sign up. It turns out that there is good cause for these concerns because “most states have balked at the exchanges and the Medicaid expansion.” The exchanges are the infrastructure on which Obamacare is built and the states’ refusal to create them has created complexity for the federal government’s efforts to implement it.
Talking about the federal government’s limited ability to advertise the program, one advocate said, “It’s going to require a very robust effort in the private sector.” The expectation of this would appear to be an unwarranted exercise in optimism given the fact that the public “is highly skeptical…about the most complex social legislation since…the mid-1960s.” A recent poll shows that only 37% of Americans think that Obamacare is a good idea while 49% believe that it is bad. Only 38% of respondents think they will be better off as a result of the ACA.
Those who think that socialized medical insurance is a bad idea are, of course, totally correct. The Reuters article basically admits that Obamacare is a government-mandated Ponzi scheme, noting that “some of the law’s main advocates fear that…new insurance plans may not be attractive to young, healthy consumers needed to offset an expected influx of older and sicker patients.”
Didn’t Bernie Madoff go to jail for taking money from one group of people to cover his liabilities to another? Government officials are admitting that they can’t make Obamacare work without having younger people pay for more coverage than they need in order to subsidize the program for needier patients. And remember, this is supposed to make the medical system more efficient.
The dirty little secret that the DC crowd doesn’t want you to know is that they simply don’t have the ability to overcome widespread non-compliance with a wildly unpopular and unconstitutional law. Paul Starr, former health adviser to President Clinton said, “I don’t see how what they’re planning to do is going to be adequate. The resources are too limited (and) the (law’s) penalties are too weak…”
Despite the posturing of politicians, the defeat of Obamacare is within reach. The states are jamming the gears of Obamacare by refusing to comply with its ridiculous structure and regulations. So while the tone-deaf federal government continues to ignore its constituents, the states once again prove the maxim that the closer the government is to the governed, the more likely it is to act in their interests.