The far-leftists over at NewRepublic.com ran an op-ed titled “Obamacare’s Threat to Liberalism.” As one who is on the opposite side of the political spectrum from the article’s writer, it was a reaffirming article for me to read.
What I mean by that is that for quite a while now I’ve been an advocate of letting Obamacare taint the public’s perception of Democratic competence; of letting it serve as a strong warning against left-wing politics; of, simply, letting Obamacare be. At least until such time as it has thoroughly disillusioned the American populace in its entirety, or at least near entirety. Five million health-insurance cancellations is nothing in a nation of 317 million; we must let that number grow. This is, after all, what America voted for in 2012.
It seems that contrary to the criticisms leveled at me from conservatives for my ideas regarding Obamacare, the reality of President Obama’s health-care plan is justifying those ideas.
From New Republic’s op-ed:
Liberalism has spent the better part of the past century attempting to prove that it could competently and responsibly extend the state into new reaches of American life. With the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the administration has badly injured that cause, confirming the worst slurs against the federal government. It has stifled bad news and fudged promises; it has failed to translate complex mechanisms of policy into plain English; it can’t even launch a damn website. What’s more, nobody responsible for the debacle has lost a job or suffered a demotion. Over time, the Affordable Care Act’s technical difficulties can be repaired. Reversing the initial impressions of government ineptitude won’t be so easy.
The writer nails it, except in seeming to suggest that the only problems with Obamacare are with the website (when the website is fixed, however, the cancellations will continue). The point is, Obamacare is greatly damaging liberalism. This is why conservatives should wise up and let Obamacare be. This debacle is precisely the reason I didn’t want Republicans to defund, delay, or otherwise disrupt it. It’s why I, a hardcore right-winger considered too extreme by conservatives, voted for Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial election earlier this month. People need to feel the effects of full Democratic control, of liberal policies, not just to be told over and over again, “Liberalism is bad.”
There are many conservatives saying it’s good for conservatism that Obamacare is showing itself to be a disaster, but this is a little hypocritical considering that those same conservatives were at the forefront of the effort to prevent people from seeing the disaster.
So sit back, vote Democratic in 2014, and watch the chaos continue. Only then, after experiencing such liberalism, does American society, and thus its government, stand a chance of becoming right-wing.