Current opinion of Obamacare perfectly embodies what I think is a primary cause of our seemingly chronically poisonous political discourse.
Obamacare is a hair’s width from a complete disaster. Let’s review the promises on which it was sold.
Keep your plan? Not necessarily. Keep your doctor? Maybe. Deficit-neutral? Absurdly not so. Lower health care costs for “a typical family”? Ridiculously untrue. Universal coverage? Not even close.
Did I miss any big ones? That looks like 2 Ds and 3 Fs to me (to be very charitable on the first two). The president’s signature accomplishment is a failure. It is awful. It harms many, many more than it helps. If there is a dogs-and-torches sort of moment for the American people, this seems like it.
Indeed, there are many saying just what I’ve said. But a significant minority still supports this travesty.
Well, those with preexisting conditions are in better shape than they ever have been. So there’s one diamond in the dump truck of manure. It didn’t take a disastrous omnibus law to help those people, despite the false dilemma bleatings of those who would claim otherwise.
I think the main reason some percentage of Americans continue to support this law is that its stated intentions are desirable. Its creators and backers say that it is designed to help, so it must be helping.
I do not question the motives of most Obamacare supporters. I question their assessments (if any) of its efficacy.
I would love to accomplish what Obamacare claims to accomplish. It is very clear that it doesn’t now, nor will it ever. So I want it stopped.
I want it stopped because it doesn’t work, not because I oppose its stated goals.
See the difference?