Maybe this Obamacare nightmare may be put to rest after all. Could we perhaps call it a mercy killing? Democrat Senator Max Baucus of Montana, who played an instrumental role in shoving the misnamed Affordable Care Act on all of us, in a recent hearing, called the implementation of this monstrosity a potential train wreck. In that April 17 hearing, Baucus issued a warning to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that he didn’t believe her department had done enough to ensure Obamacare would fully go into effect as planned for 2014. He expressed concern for small businesses and accountants who, he said, are throwing their hands up over this law. They aren’t getting enough information to know how to deal with it, leading to his specific comment, “I just see a huge train wreck coming down.”
Well, Sen. Baucus, there were any number of your colleagues in the Congress, policy analysts, and conservative commentators who could have told you that ahead of time. They tried. You didn’t listen. And only now you are coming to grips with this reality? What’s even more interesting is that Baucus, shortly after this hearing, announced he won’t be running for reelection. Politicos in the know were already predicting tough sledding for him in a state that seems to be far more conservative now than its own senator. I think he’s getting out of town while the getting’s good.
In a new article by John Stossel, found at Real Clear Politics, Stossel notes that HHS has already added 20,000 pages of rules to the already bloated bill itself. Those rules form a stack seven feet tall—and there are more to come. Under healthcare prior to Obamacare, there were 16,000 codes for various medical ailments; Obamacare is giving us more than 100,000. Consider these examples:
Government likes to think regulations can account for every possibility. Injured at a chicken coop? The code for that will be Y9272. Fall at an art gallery? That means you are a Y92250. There are three different codes for walking into a lamppost—depending how often you’ve walked into lampposts. This is supposed to give government a more precise way to reimburse doctors for treating people and alert us to surges in injuries that might inspire further regulation.
On Government-Planned World, this makes sense. But it will be no more successful than Soviet central planning.
And that’s where we’ve arrived on this train: the type of planning that brought down the Soviet Union. You know, the country we battled in that decades-long Cold War, the war we supposedly won. Yes, “train wreck” is the perfect description of what is taking place:
A few days ago, there were reports that Congress was considering exempting staffers from Obamacare. Apparently, that was a little overblown, but they were trying to figure out how to help staffers afford it. That’s funny. I thought this was the “affordable” care act. Perhaps we wouldn’t have all this confusion if Congress hadn’t followed Nancy Pelosi’s advice to pass the law so we can find out what’s in it. By the way, that comment ought to win some kind of award for one of the dumbest things ever to come out of the mouth of a Speaker of the House.
Will Obamacare sink itself? The ideology that brought it into being has been shown to be faulty everywhere it has been implemented. The administration tasked with carrying it out may be the most incompetent in American history. So, yes, there is hope it will implode. For the good of the country.