Recently, I have heard and read pundits from the Right like James Capretta, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, interpreting the apparent implementation problems with ObamaCare to be signs that it is going to fall of its own weight. Mr. Capretta, whom I respect a great deal, actually predicted that the new law would implode in the next nine months. It never ceases to amaze me how obtuse those on the Right can still be with regards to Barack Obama, as if after almost ten years on the national political stage, they still do not have a clue about the ideology that drives his agenda.
The overly optimistic demise of ObamaCare from some Conservatives has been given new life by two recent developments with the implementation of the new law. Last week, the administration announced that the employer mandate, set to begin in 2014, will now be delayed until 2015. This delay will allow employers an extra year to off-load their health insurance burdens without threat of a federal penalty. The second major development from the administration which buoyed the spirits of misguided Conservatives, is the announcement that the federal government will accept the word of individuals that they have secured a government-mandated health insurance policy and there will be no verification of this data.
The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was not passed as a health care or even a health care insurance law. It was designed from the beginning to be a wrecking ball that would demolish the edifices of the commercial health care insurance industry. Atop the foundation of what was once the greatest health insurance industry in the world, would be built a taxpayer-subsidized health care system that would use rationing to control costs and deny care based on an individuals worth to the State. This is the kind of single-payer system that Barack Obama alluded to when he spoke in front of a group of union devotees and said a single-payer system was his goal, but it would take ten years before they could get there.
Knowing that the goal from the beginning was not to fix the problems with our private health insurance industry (mostly created by too much government), but was a single-payer, government-run health care system, makes these "problems" with implementation actually mile markers on the road to socialized medicine in this country. And yet there are still people on the right that misread the deliberate chaos of ObamaCare implementation as trouble for the new law and the President who breathed it to life. They seem to ignore the fact that Barack Obama came into office promising chaos and crisis. This modus operandi of the administration was given voice by the President's first Chief of Staff, Rohm Emanuel, when he said, "You never want to waste a crisis because it gives you the opportunity to do things you wouldn't normally be able to do." ObamaCare implementation crisis is planned chaos for the purpose of increasing the scope and control of the federal government, Conservatives are mollified by it at their own risk.