Mar 16, 2011

Thoughts preceding the anniversary

Okay, I know everyone and their grandma has already busted him on this one:

“If you like your current health plan, you can keep it.”

Still, just taking the statement at face value, isn’t it kinda admitting you’re not really changing anything significant about the health care system?

Part of the reason health care is so broken and expensive is precisely because of the generous all-you-can-eat buffet-style plans that exist today that abstract away the cost from most customers. If we shopped around for health care like we did cars, well

But admitting that the law won’t change it betrays the fact that it isn’t really going to do anything to fix the underlying problem, and instead do a lot of little things that ultimately complicate the system further and drive up costs.

I guess it is no surprise then, here on the (almost) one year anniversary.

Omake Bonus: The PPACA started life as the “Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009” with the stated description as “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the first-time homebuyers credit in the case of members of the Armed Forces and certain other Federal employees, and for other purposes.” If I had to guess (read: pure speculation with no proof) this bill started as something else and was “re-appropriated” (see also: gutted and completely rewritten) so as to fast-track ObamaCare by skipping that annoying committee part. Let’s hear if for parliamentary procedure and legislative integrity. (So sorry, armed forces folks; maybe you’ll get that tax credit some other time!)

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