On Monday, the deadline for individuals to obtain their mandatory health care insurance ended. Obamacare has worked flawlessly to provide health care coverage to the upwards of 50 million uninsured individuals without any adverse effects on those that were currently insured. They kept their plans, their doctors, and the cost for an average family has declined some $2,500.
I am kidding, obviously. So let’s get back to reality. The only real deadlines that seem to exist are in the heads of administration officials, and particularly the President. The March 31st deadline we were told was concrete, that there was no way it would be pushed back and even that they did not have the statutory authority to do so. Through the honor code, those that allegedly already started the process can check a box and receive more time to do so. Do not hold your breath for strong enforcement. Add it to the other deceptive statements and unilateral changes we have seen all-too-often. This came as no surprise to me. As the deadline neared, another delay seemed inevitable.
The President spoke on Monday afternoon touting “7.1 million” enrollees to a servile crowd including many Congressional allies that helped ram the law through without the support of the majority of Americans. He remarked that “the law is doing what it is supposed to do.” I guess it was supposed to throw people off the plans they preferred and keep them away from their favored doctors? That much-lauded number still remains very questionable. How many people that lost their insurance were forced into it? How many have completely paid for it as opposed? How many young and healthy signed up to subsidize the older and sicker? The list goes on, but only time will tell.
The number of straw men arguments in the speech was enough to fill a barn. To pretend that critics of that law are against people or want them to have less access to care and that there are no alternative ideas is devoid of reality. Having a goal for everyone to get decent health care is noble but completely upending a great swath of the economy through increased government intervention is no way to accomplish it. The President said that “Congress should be proud of what they’ve done” and maybe some are. The voters, however, get to show how “proud” they are of their members, especially the ones that foisted the law upon them, this November.