A Reminder: Democrats Are The Only Ones Responsible For The Chaos Of Obamacare

Article posted on June 22nd, 2015 by WhatAmIMissingHere

Obama signing ObamacareBy David Harsanyi

If the Supreme Court decides that there will be no more retroactive legislating and upholds Obamacare as written, terrible things will happen to America. No doubt, you’ve heard some of them. We might, for instance, find out what health insurance in fabricated, state-run “marketplaces” actually cost.

Insurance plans in federally run exchanges already cost 650 percent more than consumers pay. The difference is picked up by taxpayers. Kaiser estimates that the 37 states that have declined to set up exchanges will see an average spike of 287 percent should the King v. Burwell decision not go the administration’s way. A ruling that only proves exchanges have not made insurance markets more competitive or more affordable, as promised.

And you know who’s to blame for that, right?

It’s widely contended that the GOP has some kind of obligation to rescue Obamacare—whether for moral reasons or for self-preservation. In addition to the administration’s postion, Connecticut’s Sen. Chris Murphy actually stood on the Senate floor with a “shruggie” symbol to criticize the GOP for not formulating a plan in response to King v. Burwell. This is would be the equivalent of Sen. Ted Cruz demanding Democrats come up with a strategy to resuscitate the Defense of Marriage Act. It is preposterous.

So, predictably, a number of Republicans are working on a plans to do just that. Sen. Ron Johnson’s scheme allows exchange participants to keep their Obamacare subsidies until August 2017 (which I’ve argued before needlessly confers the GOP with ownership of a problem it didn’t create). The thought is that Obamacare will be on life support until a Republican president takes office and the legislation can be repealed and replaced. Johnson, as you can see, exhibits completely unwarranted faith in his party.

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Health Policy News Index says that 59 percent of Americans aren’t paying any attention to news stories about King v. Burwell. A mere 16 percent have been following the story. So you can imagine the overwhelming appeal to emotion Democrats and the media will roll out once millions lose their subsidies. The fight is going to be over for who the public blames for whatever chaos ensues. The culpability for that chaos belongs in one place.     (my emphasis)

READ all of David Harsanyi’s comments from The Federalist here.

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