We are almost certainly in for another four years of cementing, expanding, protecting, amplifying, justifying, and continuing to force one of the biggest lies in U.S. government history, the Affordable Care Act. President Clinton’s Wife and her supporters will not deviate from the fiction that this is a wonderful program that has left us better off. It is so important for the anti-freedom Democrats and their cowardly GOP handmaidens to protect this all-consuming blob that laws no longer matter. Chief Justice John Roberts set the example, by reinterpreting the law away from its literal words and oral arguments in order to justify it. And when you can’t change to fit the law…just ignore it.
The sleuths at the AP tell us that the Obama Administration has failed to follow their own law, which required them to compensate insurers for more ill patients. Well of course they did! “Transitional reinsurance” was supposed to take money from employers and private health insurers, and give it to plans that faced higher claims. Well surprise, there were shortfalls in expected revenue – how can that be, when everyone’s premiums went up?? – and HHS just didn’t pay the Treasury as directed in the statute. Just you try to not pay the Treasury sometime.
The insurance companies are bastards for colluding with Obama in a sweetheart bribe that ripped us all off. But that in no way excuses the administration from following its own law. But hey, the list of laws to which this White House has given the finger is too long to bother reciting. Congressional Republicans will furrow their brows, write letters of great concern, hold a hearing or two, and not do a damn thing. For the administration, and the likely next one, the corruption, law breaking, lies, workers not hired, companies bankrupted, debt run up, households impoverished, doctors strangled, and patients denied will be worth the cause of expanding institutional compassion in the eyes of its champions. The law is a wreck for public purposes, and in its lawlessness is accomplishing exactly what it was intended to achieve – single payer.Tweet