“A delay in the individual mandate would not be a special favor to American consumers. It’s a matter of fairness.”
That is not a quote from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas or The Wall Street Journal editorial board. Instead it is the Chicago Tribune, President Barack Obama’s hometown newspaper, sounding the alarm on just what a disaster Obamacare is.
The taxpayer-funded $600 million Obamacare website, created by a Canadian firm on a no-bid contract, has already crashed and burned. With more than three years to prepare and a price tag higher than Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter the federal site and state exchanges are already famous for interminable waits, unsuccessful attempts to create accounts, poorly written code, and incomprehensible technical jargon. The Obama Administration faces daily questions about how many people actually signed up for Obamacare, but they either are too embarrassed by the low number or too incompetent to be able to keep an accurate record. Now with the mandate deadline in sight and the exchanges continuing to fail, more people are seeing how much Obamacare negatively affects their lives.
The Chicago Tribune continued, “People who have individual insurance coverage are finding that Obama’s oft-repeated promise – ‘if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan’ – is just not true. They are being told by insurers that their existing plans expire on December 31 and they must choose new coverage. They’re learning that insurers managed to offer lower-cost plans by narrowing the networks of hospitals and doctors that are available or by upping the out-of-pocket expenses.”
This is true for most Americans, but Obama personally made certain that these harmful changes to yours and my personal health insurance will not happen to government workers or elected leaders. In fact, Obama is so insistent on protecting himself and the ruling political class from the consequences of his own healthcare law that he vowed to veto debt ceiling legislation and continue the government shutdown if the exemption is not maintained. This is outrageous.
Even prominent liberals have been forced to admit what a disaster the implementation of Obamacare has been. Left-wing Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein begrudgingly went into detail about why the law is a “failure.” Democratic National Committee chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz opined there “should have been a better rollout and a better design.” And former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs believes the problems with exchanges are so bad that people should be fired.
Gibbs is correct, and the first person who should go is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Because the media has given her a pass, it took Comedy Central’s Daily Show host Jon Stewart to question the law’s countless failures and her incompetence. Sebelius has abused the taxpayers and trust of the American people, while only making exceptions on behalf of high-priced corporate lobbyists. Sebelius is the public face of Obamacare, and any competent executive would fire her in an instant.
The Obamacare train wreck gets worse on a daily basis and it must be stopped now.