Sometimes, ideas are clear as day; other times, certain concepts are difficult for people to understand. It is certainly reasonable that in the infinitely complex world of politics, some ideas are not grasped immediately. However, when a concept has been tested and tried numerous times in varying situations, over the span of decades; it truly is unreasonable when reality fails to set in. Such is the case with Obamacare.
Socializing medicine has never been–nor will it ever be–a sound idea; yet somehow, it continues to be thrust upon unsuspecting victims. It has failed in Europe; it has failed in Canada; and it will fail in the United States.
The most recent example of the abject failure of socialized medicine comes from Florida. According to Jason Garcia, of The Orlando Sentinel:
“Universal Orlando plans to stop offering medical insurance to part-time employees beginning next year, a move the resort says has been forced by the federal government’s health-care overhaul…’mini-med’ plans will no longer be permitted under the federal Affordable Care Act.”
A “mini-med” plan is described as a limited insurance plan for part-time employees, designed to cover a portion of said employees’ medical expenses. Out of the 17,000 people currently employed by Universal Orlando, approximately 500 are enrolled in the mini-med plan. For all intents and purposes, those 500 employees will now be dropped into the hands of the red-tape monster that is government healthcare.
In addition to Universal Orlando, other companies investigating the consequences of the new Obamacare cost impositions are Disney, and Sea World. Walmart–in a move prompted by Obamacare–altered their definition of “part-time,” increasing the required hours from 24 a week to 30. When one of the largest employers in the world shrinks at the sight of government regulations, something big is happening.
The formula for failure is obvious: doing absolutely nothing to reduce costs + raising taxes + paying for 310 million people (including freeloaders) = bankruptcy. The formula for success is right in front of our eyes: Tort (legal) reform + means testing + cross-state insurance sales = cheap, more affordable healthcare coverage. The most important piece of the reform puzzle is the increase of company competition. Call it what you want–it’s called Capitalism–it continues to prove fruitful.
In the face of decades of socialized medical failure; and the accelerated implosion of Obamacare; why do Liberals continually pound the healthcare nail with their hammer and sickle? Quite simply, the concept of “free” healthcare is compelling. Many Americans just don’t understand that nothing comes without a price. As long as something “free” is dangled on a stick, Obama can say “jump,” and the people will ask “how high?”
As Napoleon Bonaparte said: “In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” In the case of Obamacare, it’s not the stupidity of the politician, but that of the voters.