“Answered Prayers” was the title of the much-discussed and never-completed last novel of Truman Capote, based on his notion that having one’s dearest wish granted can be even more painful that having it never come true.
This new Truman Doctrine is about to be tested in the next months and years for the Democrats. They had their prayers answered in seeing Obamacare pass, seeing it given a pass by John Roberts and then given reprieves anew by the recent election. They now face the ordeal of seeing this huge, complex and unpopular act carried through in the face of its own contradictions, 30 unhappy Republican governors, and the sullen resistance of much of a public that never embraced it and likes it now less than it did before.
What woes could now spring up to haunt them? Here are just a few.
Obama won on the claim we had come through the worst of the crash and recession, and that things would slowly but surely start to improve. But wait for the downturn that’s likely to hit when smaller business embark on a new wave of cutbacks, to avoid moving north of Obamacare’s 50-employee limit, above which the federal mandates to provide workers with health care kick in. New hires will not happen, full-time employees with benefits will become part-timers without out them, and some jobs may even be axed. For two years, businessmen have postponed their decisions — now they will make them. Wait until voters find their jobs, their hours cut, their premiums rising, their insurers going out of business and their employers dropping health coverage because of Obamacare.
There’s more at the link, but I can honestly tell you that I can’t wait. Just a few hours ago, a neighbor was telling me a horror story about the recent birth of a grandchild. The horror was created by new regulations which limit and discourage certain procedures. You see, our hospitals are in a competition to do less, and the losers will lose patients. This means that the teaching hospitals will inevitably be penalized. The baby is ok – sort of – but will require a lot of intervention for the next year or so to correct a problem caused by the money-saving regulations. Score!!! The birth cost less but the after-birth care will cost a boatload. Now, I love my neighbor and hate to see her suffering this way, but all those cretins who believed that the government knows more about the best treatment than their own medical team are in for some serious surprises. Massachusetts is ahead of the curve here. My neighbor is hopping mad about the new healthcare law. And it hasn’t even begun.
BTL, I wonder if we should invest in a huge popcorn maker? We’re going to have so many hours of entertainment as this law rolls out.