Posted by: Rick | Thursday, March 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, PPACA

Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and I’d say its future is looking pretty bright.  Here’s why:

Opponents of reform fall into two groups: people who don’t know what the law does, and people who don’t care what it does.

Let’s take the second group first.  It consists of gullible Tea Party-types and the (mostly) Republican politicians who fear them.  These people don’t do “policy”.  They live in a parallel universe of anger and confusion, where Barack Obama is a Kenyan socialist who wants to take away their precious right to be abused by corporations.  This group is not getting larger.  Indeed, it’s likely that in the coming months, its more intelligent members will quietly rediscover reality and quit teabagging altogether.

The other group of Obamacare opponents — the uninformed — is the more important one.  Most Americans have only the vaguest notion of what their government is up to, particularly on complicated issues.  Fortunately, as we get closer to 2014 — when  the really good stuff in health care reform kicks in — they’ll start noticing who’s on their side and who isn’t.  At that point, look for the teabaggers, under the leadership of Glenn Beck and Michele Bachmann, to reach DEFCON 5 levels of paranoid hysteria. 

Republican politicians will then throw the Tea Party under the bus, Newt Gingrich will claim that Obamacare was actually his idea, and the rest of us can sit back and enjoy another conservative crack-up.

At least that’s how things should go down.



  1. As of March 7th 1,040 waivers have been handed out and now Anthony Weiner is looking to get a waiver for everyone in New York, sounds like such a great plan that only small businesses and politically unconnected will have to pay for this mess.

    I have asked the office of Florida Governor to follow other states and get a waiver for Florida so we can avoid the catastrophe coming.

    Of course most of those waivers have gone to big corporations and labor unions, shows you who the president owes his career too. Not much of a chance for average Americans to get a fair shake with this stooge in the white house.

    “Most Americans have only the vaguest notion of what their government is up to” and the progressives love it that way, because if Americans understood what their government where up to they would revolt.

    • Guest-hosting The Glenn Beck Program, Chris Baker suggested on November 9, 2009 that health reform will lead to overweight people going to jail or being put to death: “Sir, you’re overweight. What? Yes, sir, you are overweight, we’re going to have to require you to lose weight. And if you don’t lose weight on your own, we’re going to send you to a fat camp and make you lose the weight. And if you still don’t lose the weight, then you know, we’re just going to have to … put you in jail. And if you don’t lose the weight in jail, sir, I don’t know what else to do. Maybe some end-of-life counseling might be good. I mean, I remember a woman that got — that was greased by Dr. Kevorkian because she was fat.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 11/09/09]

      This kind of talk is common on the right. I don’t think it’s very persuasive, and I think it’s going to become a huge problem for the GOP.

      Just my 2 cents.

      • No answer for the waivers or Weiner, didn’t think so.


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