Why there is no future upside for Obamacare

There are a lot of whoppers out there in connection to the recently signed health care bill. The largest one is the idea that the health care bill is going to somehow strike popular in the polls this November. The argument being made is that there are immediate, magical upsides to the bill that will kick in by November. That is precisely what the NY Times is spinning this very moment.

The NY Times reports:

But at the same time, many provisions of the bill that go into effect this year — like curbs on insurance companies denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, or the expansion of prescription drug coverage for the elderly — are broadly popular with the public. The more contentious ones, including the mandate for the uninsured to obtain coverage, do not take effect for years.

And in a week when Democrats are celebrating the passage of a historic piece of legislation, Republicans find themselves again being portrayed as the party of no, associated with being on the losing side of an often acrid debate and failing to offer a persuasive alternative agenda.

I’m sure anyone would feel invincible after having just passed one of the largest pieces of legislation against the will of the electorate. Make no mistake (Obama’s favorite phrases), today’s legislative celebration has more to do with the denial of reality than surging public support. It is amazing what the desperate say when faced with the inevitable. However, the truth is the truth even if no one writes about it in the NY Times.

This bill is not going to turn to sugar in the mouths of the electorate by November. The theory that the democrats are going to resell this bill and make it a victory is ludicrous. It is a wet dream thought up in the euphoria of celebrating a narrow legislative win in the face of rapidly waning support. It’s like a credit card spending binge right before declaring bankruptcy.

Here are the facts. While many Americans don’t want to see other Americans turned away due to preexisting conditions, nearly none of the electorate will actually benefit from this provision in the bill. Plain and simple, it isn’t nor wasn’t an issue most Americans had to deal with personally. Furthermore, Democrats are hoping that seniors will be more interested in the pittance from the expansion of prescription drug coverage in comparison to the $500 billion in cuts to Medicare. Seniors need to also see doctors.

This strategy being floated in the media and the leftist political class is a mirage. It’s the belief that Obama and the democrats can sell health care and the only problem three days ago was that they hadn’t forced it down America’s throat yet. It’s a flaw in their thinking that is rooted in their ideology. The reality is that most Americans are happy with their health care and there is nothing in the bill that will noticeably improve for the average voter. However, there is a ticking time bomb in the minds of America and that bomb is the mandates that kick in a few years from now.

The writing is on the wall, but for now the delusional left is going to pretend like they were just invited to a party that they crashed.

Via Memeorandum


  1. unless someone comes out from the right and declares he will not abide by this law and gives the right a real leader, we will continue down this path of socialism, my friend. i only need to look back and see the people's reaction to Bush's plan to privatize social security to base this viewpoint.

    the majority of any society are followers not leaders and they need to be led. and the right, right now, has no real leader that will take the people down the path of freedom. and that path of freedom is not a smooth path either anymore. it will take the will power of sacrifice of a whole lot of people that i am sceptical about.

  2. These delusional people simply believe if they bombard our eardrums with static and noise, and flood the lame stream media with disinformation we will all grow to by into their grand plan.

    Griper is right that most are followers and not leaders. Right now the conservative movement needs a powerful and convincing voices such as Buckley, Goldwater, and Reagan…

    Hopefully such a national voice will rise to lead the cause. Those doing the work in the trenches each an every day (like you Tim) need a strong and convincing voice on the national stage.


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