The Hefty Price Tag on the Obamacare Delay
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  • Corlyss

    “(This was arguably the Obama administration’s intention from the beginning.)”
    Giving people subsidies that couldn’t be revoked, that was the plan from the beginning. Once the subsidies go out, there’ll no stopping them in order to re-orient or repeal the law.

    • Thirdsyphon

      I’m not so sure this whole sequence of events wasn’t part of the original plan. Get the insurance companies on your side by promising them a new stream of involuntary members. . . counting on their greed to blind them to the fact that, once the bill becomes law, the individual and business mandades can be deferred and the subsidies paid out of general revenues, making the insurance companies ripe to be made the villains in a new narrative. Let’s call it the “Why are we letting these private-sector middlemen suck up *our* tax dollars when we could get the same level of care for x% less by just expanding Medicare?” story.
      Obama’s opponents underestimate his political effectiveness at their peril. It’s been a long time since anyone’s made any money betting against him. I think he might have a *very* clear idea of where this is going.

      • Corlyss

        I wouldn’t be surprised if it were exactly as you portray.

  • Boritz

    If a genie granted you three wishes what would be your first wish? For the politically astute this is a no-brainer: Your first wish would be for an unlimited number of wishes.

    If it is your legislation that you are dealing with then your first wish is to make it anything you want it to be through the way it is implemented and administered. ACA and much future legislation will bear only some resemblance to what is on the thousands of pages describing it. Instead it will morph into whatever the traffic will bear. This is truly transformative legislation, and not just for healthcare. The precedent set by this approach to governing will be with us from now on.

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