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Obamacare: the “single worst piece of legislation . . . passed in modern times”

“Sometimes,” I blogged, quoting Amartel, a commenter from Ann Althouse’s site, “knowledge has to be obtained empirically“, that is, only when Obama’s are fully implemented, will people realize how bad they are — and become upset enough to vote his fellow partisans out of office.  (No wonder he delayed implementation until after the 2012 elections.)

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal‘s Stephen Moore, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spells out how Obamacare not just increases the expense of the federal government, but also how it creates complications for health care providers in his state:

Any tax and entitlement deal would likely leave unresolved the newest budget-busting entitlement: ObamaCare. “It’s the single worst piece of legislation that’s been passed in modern times,” Mr. McConnell says, “and the single biggest step in the direction of Europeanizing the country. It can’t possibly work.” Democrats don’t understand that now, he continues, but “people are going to be coming at us in hordes asking for us to revisit it” and fix the mounting problems.

He says that in the towns he visits in Kentucky, “the health-care providers who are dealing with patients on a daily basis—big hospitals, rural hospitals, nonprofits—are all freaked out about virtually every aspect of the Medicare cuts that affect today’s seniors and today’s providers. Seven of nine justices on the Supreme Court said the Medicaid part of it is genuinely optional. Smart states won’t take this additional burden.” Employers are dropping their coverage. He predicts the law will come apart on its own.

Emphasis added.  Sounds like we’ll have to wait until it’s implemented to see those people coming at us in hordes.  Read the whole thing; shows how reluctant the president is to work with Congress.

Wonder why that didn’t come out in the campaign.



  1. ObamaCare was designed to fail. The Socialists want to say, “Ermagerd, private health care in unfixable. Single payer is the only option.”

    Comment by V the K — November 15, 2012 @ 8:30 am - November 15, 2012

  2. I have no idea of how this is going to practically work here in NJ. You basically can’t get medical insurance as a sole-payer if your self employed. And if the Federally-mandated “pools” are based on Medicare/Medicaid…forget that.

    Here in NJ most medical services providers and hospitals do not accept new patients with Medicaid, and only Medicare patients they’ve carried-over from their pre-Medicare status. Despite being home to several major military installations including megabase Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst and many military dependents and retirees, most don’t accept Tri-Care patients either. And Tri-Care is supposed to be “just like what Members of Congress get”.

    My father’s friend who is a ex-USAF pilot had to wait 6-months to get a NJ hospital that would accept Tri-Care for a hip-replacement. And they treated him like he was a charity-case. His wife (who a retired elected-official here in NJ) waited months for important tests that no-one wold perform. And the VA has closed their hospitals here and shifted all the “services” to Tri-Care too. Great!!

    … And they want to put the rest of the general public on Govt-supported-and-managed health insurance?

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — November 15, 2012 @ 9:57 am - November 15, 2012

  3. First, the link to Mitch McConnell and the Wall Street Journal interview is pure gold. I am energized by what McConnell states. Not just the Obambicare fiasco, but the whole poker game of raising taxes. It is a true “must read.”

    Secondly, you will recall that Obambicare was dumped on us as whole cloth without any preview peak at any aspect of it. Then we discovered that it was not whole cloth at all, but a bunch of loose threads all to be regulated into place by faceless, nameless, unaccountable clerks, flunkies, apparatchiks, lickspittles, toadies and parasites.

    So, as the miasma and effluvium of Obambicare froth up, every care provider and insurance provider overassesses the implied costs out of fear of the unknown. Better safe than sorry. Billions have been spent parsing, analyzing and planning for the implementation of this still largely incomplete overhanging imminent peril.

    The point is that we are held captive by the faceless, amorphous thing called Obambicare. We can not get access to what it is. It dribbles out in fits and starts.

    We are being held in the grasp of the unknown and there is nowhere to turn or escape.

    The liberals want free care on demand. And, certainly, if it is there for the taking, every other political ideology will go along with it. People don’t usually choose the tattoo that says “Schmuck.”

    Realistically, the horse is out of the barn and it is too late to have a discussion about stall doors and tethers and bolting the barn door.

    The economy is in deep trouble and much of it is still left in the hands of bureaucrats who are manipulating the health sector of the depressed economy without any focus on the health of the economy. How ironic it that?

    Not ironic at all, when you consider the roles of parasite and the host.

    Greece is on fire because the parasites intend to force the host to give more, even though the host is dead and decaying. Parasites are like that.

    Comment by heliotrope — November 15, 2012 @ 11:25 am - November 15, 2012

  4. “It’s the single worst piece of legislation that’s been passed in modern times,”

    I submit: the 19th Amendment.

    ” He predicts the law will come apart on its own.”

    The Soviet Union came apart on its own, but it took a lot of lives and the economies of entire nations with it. The real tragedy is that this was an entirely preventable disaster. Many, many people very vocally pointed out the implications and problems with this legislation, and we had a half century of experience in Europe to draw on. The people who pushed and passed Obamacare aren’t evil, but their actions at the very least are criminal.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — November 15, 2012 @ 1:47 pm - November 15, 2012

  5. ObamaCare will collapse because we simply don’t have the money; this is linked to the $16 trillion defict for a reason. It’s also a mess to try to implement in the real world with disastrous consequences. One main reason for the repeal is in fact the full time job is now defined as 28-32 hours a week as private businesses lay off & cut their employees’ hours. This will be huge in 2014.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 15, 2012 @ 3:24 pm - November 15, 2012

  6. And based on the boycotts of Papa Johns, Applebees, and Denny’s… liberals are shocked to learn that free health care isn’t actually free.

    Liberal: “Hey, doctor who endured 12 years of med school and racked up $100,000 in debt, treat me for free because Health Care is a right!”

    Comment by V the K — November 15, 2012 @ 4:43 pm - November 15, 2012

  7. I agree that the whole point of Obamacare is to be bad, but not only so “universal healthcare” can be deemed to be the only option. It was designed to lack specificity so it can be amended later as needed; in other words, it gives bureaucrats unspecified power to change it for whatever reason at any time.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — November 15, 2012 @ 5:13 pm - November 15, 2012

  8. If you want to see what our future is going to be like check out this sight.

    Comment by Catseye — November 15, 2012 @ 7:04 pm - November 15, 2012

  9. How is Obamacare a “right” if no doctor will accept your Medicare/Tricare/Medicaid and no hospital or clinic will voluntarily-treat you…except through the Emergency Department? That’s the flaw…

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — November 15, 2012 @ 9:14 pm - November 15, 2012

  10. “At the same time, the proportion of Americans that report wanting to see the law repealed dropped to a new low of 33 percent. … In terms of health issues, more think President Obama’s policies will be good for Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA, than think they will be bad”

    Comment by Passing By — November 15, 2012 @ 11:58 pm - November 15, 2012

  11. A bankruptcy filing Sept. 6 by the Fremont, California- based company, which had a $535 million U.S. loan guarantee, has spurred inquiries from Republicans in Congress who say President Barack Obama’s administration may have rushed the support in part because of Kaiser, a campaign donor.

    Kaiser, 69, hasn’t commented on his family foundation’s involvement with Solyndra or the controversy created by its collapse, which may leave taxpayers on the hook for as much as $528 million…….

    The Kaiser foundation owns almost 36 percent of Solyndra, mostly through its Argonaut Ventures I investment fund. Investors including Argonaut and Boston-based Rockport Capital Partners moved ahead of taxpayers earlier this year in exchange for new loans to the company in a deal sanctioned by the U.S. Energy Department, according to congressional documents……

    Because of his family charity’s supporting role to the community group, Kaiser’s tax bill may be lower, according to Paul Streckfus, a former tax-law specialist in the Internal Revenue Service’s Exempt Organizations Division. U.S. tax law lets individuals deduct as much as 50 percent of adjusted gross income for gifts to supporting organizations, the same as for public charities, he said. Deductions on gifts to private foundations are typically limited to 30 percent…….

    In 2009, the Kaiser foundation distributed $46.4 million in grants, or about 1.2 percent of assets, according to its latest publicly available federal tax return. If it had faced the giving requirement of a private foundation, it would have had to distribute about $150 million more that year, according to Aaron Dorfman, executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy in Washington.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 16, 2012 @ 4:53 pm - November 16, 2012

  12. …when Obama’s [policies] are fully implemented, will people realize how bad they are… [McConnell] predicts the law will come apart on its own.

    2012 election results say that’s wishful thinking.

    To have a great country, you need a great people: a people who value freedom, integrity, honesty and self-reliance; a people willing to call a spade a spade; a people willing to separate success from failure, truth from lie, sense from nonsense.

    In 2012, Americans weren’t. In 2012, 51% of Americans preferred to be a small people, a people easily distracted and lied to by their ever-larger, ever-more constricting and manipulative government.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 20, 2012 @ 5:06 pm - November 20, 2012

  13. ObamaCare will collapse because we simply don’t have the money

    They’ll just print the money. Sure, doing so will lower living standards and send the prices of food and gas through the roof, leading to ever greater un(der)employment, while medical costs also continue to skyrocket as Obamacare only makes the problems worse. But the media-DNC-government complex will lie to people that it’s the fault of conservatives, and, per my comment above, 51% of people will willingly swallow the lies.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 20, 2012 @ 5:10 pm - November 20, 2012

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