From today’s Morning Jolt comes something I’ve been meaning to write but couldn’t quite come up with a formulation I was happy with. Along comes National Review’s Jim Geraghty to deliver a spot-on statement of response to this building accusation from the Left about how terrible it is that conservatives are “enjoying” the failure of Obamacare…
From the beginning, Obamacare fans inside and outside of government insisted that they were right, that we were wrong, and that we were motivated by all sorts of malicious and callous motives. They insisted our skepticism was fueled by ignorance and outdated ideology. Our warnings and dire predictions were dismissed as sour-grapes negativity and pessimism.
Most of the ideas from the right — medical malpractice reform, interstate sales of insurance — were ignored or dismissed. We said you couldn’t require insurance companies to cover a lot of new expenses — i.e., pre-existing conditions — without driving up costs, and that higher costs inevitably would drive up premiums. Obama’s promise that his plan would lower premiums by $2,500 per year for families was always industrial-strength snake-oil, and yet somehow we were the bad guys for saying it couldn’t possibly happen, short of covering the costs from the discovery of the Leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Now it is exceedingly clear that one-sixth of the nation’s economy is being fouled up beyond recognition by a convoluted, complicated, poorly-planned Rube Goldberg of a law that has been implemented by hacks whose overestimation of their own abilities is on an astronomical level.
So we’re not enjoying any of the problems from Obamacare, but spare us the insistence that we not take any satisfaction in seeing our assessment of the world, the limits of policy, the capabilities of government, and the possibility of grandiose, utopian promises reaffirmed, verified, underlined, highlighted, and footnoted in high-definition, day after day.
Frankly, I go further than Geraghty does. I look at the 45 percent of the American people who still say this president is honest and trustworthy and I see people who absolutely deserve Obamacare. The suffering and destruction caused by this terrible law – which I can’t escape from myself – is something of a purifying fire, frankly. Without it you’re going to have too many people in this country who don’t understand socialism and what it looks like.
Nobody goes to Cuba. Nobody goes to North Korea. The Soviet Union doesn’t exist, and you can’t find communism in Russia anymore. And China is no longer communist; it’s fascist. Moreover, if you go to Western Europe, you won’t find the ill effects of socialism there – not on the Champs-Elysees or in Piccadilly Square. And the socialism preached on campus never gets a showing in its practical application.
For some reason, people don’t seem to associate American urban socialism with its effects. Perhaps that’s changing, and perhaps the reduction of Detroit to ruins will make the American people understand what happens when the government crowds the private sector out of the economy.
But with Obamacare, it’s inescapable that government cannot solve societal problems. That’s a great thing. And if the hubristic idiot tyrants who cooked up this insanity are thoroughly discredited, perhaps such that they aren’t given the power to practice their brand of “governance” upon the public ever again, it’s worth some temporary pain.
So yeah – we’re getting some satisfaction over Obamacare’s failure to launch. We’re being proven correct. That feels good. And we won’t be lectured to about our feelings by the clowns who visited it on us in the first place.