It has actually been quite amazing to see how much criticism has been thrown at Obamacare. It is typical for Jay Leno and Saturday Night Live to make fun of such things. These shows generally do not have a problem criticizing the left if it is worth a good laugh. But to see the more serious (fraudulent) news programs go after Obamacare is a sight.
It is not that the so-called mainstream media is saying that the Republicans were right. They certainly would not say that the libertarians were right either. But they have been somewhat critical of a program that was almost universally supported by Democrats and almost universally opposed by Republicans and libertarians.
This is not a matter of the media changing its opinions. It is a matter of Obamacare being a complete and utter failure. It is so bad, that even the leftist media can no longer defend it.
Obama's approval ratings are down, although some polls still show his approval around 40%. My question is who these 40% are? Are they paying any attention to what is going on around them?
Over 5 million Americans have received cancellation notices of their health insurance plans. More are expected. Meanwhile, those shopping for new plans are finding a lack of success with healthcare.gov.
But it isn't just the website that is a failure. That is just the beginning. The premiums people will have to pay are huge. And these are for plans that don't even cover that much. They are often high deductible plans where you have to pay the first several thousand dollars out of pocket. Meanwhile, the premiums are still hundreds of dollars per month. Most middle class American families simply don't have the money to pay for all of this.
I believe that most government programs are a lose-lose proposition for most people. It is usually a tiny fraction of people who gain at the expense of everyone else. But with Obamacare, it is far more obvious. Other than a few individuals and companies that benefit, most people are losing on Obamacare. Even those getting subsidies for their so-called insurance will still find that it is more expensive. And not only is almost everyone paying more, but the Medicaid program is being expanded. I still wonder why Medicaid is so needed if Obamacare is supposed to take care of everyone.
I have a good mix of friends on Facebook and I remember some leftist friends who were touting Obamacare so much when it was being passed. I think they are tongue-tied now. They would like to pretend that they never advocated such a thing. If anyone brings it up to them, they will find excuses or find others to blame. They are just following their master, Obama. Obama is trying to blame Republicans for the failure of Obamacare. There are many things to blame Republicans for, but the failure of Obamacare is not one of them.
The 2014 elections are going to be a disaster for the Democrats. I think they just want to hide in a hole and pretend that this elephant in the living room doesn't exist. But it will continue to be on the minds of all of the Americans who either don't have insurance or will be paying huge premiums for it.
Obamacare's official name is the Affordable Care Act. Just like so many other government programs, this accomplishes almost the exact opposite of its stated purpose.