Vladimir Lenin is said to have observed, “the worse, the better,” meaning the worse things got for Russians the better it was for the communists.
Lately, the left has taken to calling conservatives “Leninists” for our refusal to fix Obamacare.
The implicit acknowledgement here is that Obamacare is going to make things worse, despite their claims to the contrary.
No conservative wants things to get worse. We just know things will get worse. Obamacare will be deeply destructive. People are already seeing it. The only way Obamacare would ever work is if people behaved irrationally. It is a system that requires the young to go out and by their own insurance, but allows them to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are well into their twenties. The law operates only if people do not behave like people.
Republicans should be opposed to any and all fixes of Obamacare. The GOP should not lift even half a finger to accommodate Democrat demands for changes. The Democrats planned and implemented Obamacare without a single Republican vote. They made clear they did not need the votes. They used a budgetary procedure in the Senate to get around a filibuster after the people of Massachusetts sent a Republican in Ted Kennedy’s steed to try to stop it.
So the Democrats can own it. They can own every deleted application, every delayed entry into the website, every denial of insurance, every decline in full time work, and every denial of care that comes from this horrible law.
The Democrats can own it all.
Republicans who have said forever that the law will crumble on its own (looking at you, Paul Ryan), need to step back and let it collapse. I hope the lawsuit seeking an end to subsidies in states without state run exchanges is a smashing success.
Americans should not suffer. Barack Obama promised that Obamacare would relieve Americans’ suffering. So now it is time to see if he is right with the law as the Democrats wrote it. Let’s follow the law and see where it leads.
If it leads to worse, it is not that conservatives wanted it to be, just that we knew it would be so and the Democrats refused to listen.