Fatal flaw in socialism clearly shown once Obamacare actually took effect
The fatal flaw in socialism – whether wholesale, as it is practiced in Western Europe, or whether it is the watered-down variety, as proffered by President Obama and his governing coalition in Congress – is that it just doesn’t work very well.
The live broadcast implosion of Obamacare in the last month has become an object lesson for those who had either forgotten or were too young to know: As a governing philosophy, socialism is self-defeating at the point where rubber meets road.
The use of the term socialism is, of course, charged. But there’s no denying that’s what O-care is.
Young and healthy citizens are being forced into high-priced plans that they don’t want or need in order to satiate the demands of actuaries who need more premiums paid into the healthcare system.
Those who live healthy, active lifestyles are being stripped of pricing incentives over those whose favorite form of exercise comes on the left end of the couch.
Working families who at this time last year opted for high deductible policies as a catastrophic health care backstop have been pushed out of these frugal plans in exchange for expensive coverage that they do not want and, in many cases, cannot afford.
Medicaid, meanwhile, once a health care safety net for the poor and infirm, has been transformed into the super-charged, single-payer health care system of first resort for millions.
Obamacare is socialism. It just is.
Like so many failed schemes of centralization that evoke that term, the president’s health law is failing at the point where high-minded policy gets implemented in the real world.
No, the ruination of O-Care is not being caused by a lack of compassion or caring on the part of the law’s critics, as a commentator on these pages recently suggested. It is a more basic, practical equation that has rendered the health law undone – it doesn’t work.
Millions have lost their health insurance. Millions more can scarcely afford the insurance into which they’ve been forced to transition. Job creators , under the weight of this bureaucratic albatross, are eliminating jobs.
Dimming right alongside Obamacare is the popularity of the man whose name it bears.
A Washington Post poll released earlier this week shows that, not only do large and expanding majorities of Americans want the health care policy repealed, but more Americans would now vote for Willard Mitt Romney if given the chance for a do-over.
Here in our fair swing state, Democrats up for election are fleeing from the health care law as fast as their Birkenstocks will carry them. Mark Udall, up for re-election next year, is calling for a two-year timeout from some of the law’s provisions.
It’s a remarkable turn of events for those who had supposed that this president had affected a permanent change in our politics and prevailing philosophies in the direction of an aggressive progressivism.
At this time last year, there was certainly a case to be made. This year, though, as Obama’s Madison Avenue web ads and slick campaign mail pieces have given way to Obamacare web crashes and direct mail of a different variety (“we regret to inform you that your health insurance policy is canceled”), the fortunes of those pining for more and bigger government are not so fortunate.
As it turns out, the best (and perhaps only) way to defeat the arguments of Obama the Eloquent is to allow his policies to take full effect.
If Republicans made any mistake during the legislative fight over Obamacare, it may have been in delaying its implementation past the date of the president’s re-elect.
The sooner it was implemented, the sooner it was destined to fail, and with it the political prospects of those who supported it.
At some point Obamacare was destined to be found out. Socialism still doesn’t work.
Josh Penry is a former minority leader of the Colorado Senate. He graduated from Grand Junction High School and Mesa State College.