Oba­macare’s in­escapable death march

Vot­ers should level the au­thor­i­tar­i­ans’ cities and salt their fields

The Washington Times Daily - - Metro - By Dr. Mil­ton R. Wolf

The die is cast: Oba­macare will not sur­vive. This is not a pre­dic­tion of how the Supreme Court will rule on Pres­i­dent Obama’s health care takeover, mind you. It’s the harsh re­al­ity that if Oba­macare does not die a ju­di­cial or po­lit­i­cal death — or bet­ter yet, both — it will die an eco­nomic death, and if it does, it will take Amer­ica down with it.

Oba­macare’s costs are ex­plod­ing in the land where bud­gets al­ready have burst. The $900 bil­lion bar­gain-base­ment 10-year cost es­ti­mate that Mr. Obama promised for his over­haul re­cently bal­looned to $1.8 tril­lion. Of course, these are still just es­ti­mates, and con­sid­er­ing that the gov­ern­ment un­der­es­ti­mated Medi­care’s cost by a fac­tor of 10, who re­ally knows how mas­sive the final price tag will be?

Wel­come to the United States of Greece, where our $15.6 tril­lion na­tional debt has sur­passed the size of our to­tal econ­omy. This debt trans­lates to $138,000 per tax­payer, but that’s just get­ting warmed up. The un­funded obli­ga­tions of Medi­care, Med­i­caid and So­cial Se­cu­rity are at least $50 tril­lion — prob­a­bly closer to $75 tril­lion — which adds an­other $450,000 per tax­payer. Pony up.

Mr. Obama’s so­lu­tion to this eco­nomic quag­mire is to grow the en­ti­tle­ment state still larger. The “smartest guy ever to be­come pres­i­dent” ac­tu­ally be­lieves that our gov­ern­ment is too small. Our en­ti­tle­ment spend­ing is al­ready a stone skip­ping on the water. It’s sim­ply un­sus­tain­able. Oba­ma­nomics re­places the stone with a bowl­ing ball.

The Supreme Court jus­tices soon will have their say. Their final rul­ing is any­body’s guess, but most ob­servers pre­dict that what­ever the vote is, it will be close, prob­a­bly 5-4. For the sake of our Con­sti­tu­tion and our coun­try, I hope they over­turn Oba­macare, of course, but I take lit­tle com­fort know­ing that, af­ter al­most 21/ cen­turies, the fate of our Amer­i­can ex­per­i­ment of self-gov­er­nance and limited gov­ern­ment rests in the hands of any one man or woman.

A ju­di­cial death of Oba­macare is cer­tainly to be de­sired, but even this is in­suf­fi­cient to save our repub­lic. In some form or an­other, na­tion­al­ized health care will rise again. If Democrats were will­ing to dis­re­gard their own con­stituents’ wishes when they pushed this mon­stros­ity, surely they’ll keep try­ing, even if all or part of Oba­macare is struck down by the court. The health care takeover must die a po­lit­i­cal death be­fore we de­clare it dead.

Most Amer­i­cans un­mis­tak­ably op­pose Oba­macare. The most re­cent Ras­mussen Re­ports poll shows com­plete repeal is fa­vored 56 per­cent to 39 per­cent, and these num­bers have been im­pres­sively sta­ble. Po­lit­i­cal polls are known to rise and fall. Can­di­dates surge and col­lapse. Is­sues come and go. Even deeply held opin­ions such as party af­fil­i­a­tion and at­ti­tudes on abor­tion show some de­gree of vari­abil­ity. But op­po­si­tion to Oba­macare has re­mained re­mark­ably steady, week in and week out, since even be­fore it be­came law.

The vast ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans un­mis­tak­ably op­pose the in­di­vid­ual man­date to pur­chase gov­ern­ment-ap­proved health in­sur­ance. A re­cent ABC News poll shows 67 per­cent op­pose this gov­ern­ment di­rec­tive. Even a ma­jor­ity of Democrats, 56 per­cent ac­cord­ing to a re­cent USA To­day/gallup poll, think the in­di­vid­ual man­date is un­con­sti­tu­tional.

From the polls to the bal­lot box, Oba­macare be­came the driv­ing force of the 2010 elec­tion. Out­raged Amer­i­cans gave the pres­i­dent and his party a his­toric “shel­lack­ing” from Congress to state­houses to dog catch­ers. A blue map was painted red in a sea change the likes of which Amer­ica has not seen since War­ren Hard­ing oc­cu­pied the White House. But our work is not com­plete.

Oba­macare was forced upon Amer­ica by 219 con­gress­men, 60 sen­a­tors and one pres­i­dent. For Amer­ica to be safe from fu­ture would-be au­thor­i­tar­i­ans, their po­lit­i­cal ca­reers must end. Po­lit­i­cally speak­ing, we should level their cities and salt their fields so that when fu­ture gen­er­a­tions look upon the bar­ren waste­lands that once were promis­ing po­lit­i­cal ca­reers, it will be a time­less re­minder that Amer­i­cans sim­ply will not tol­er­ate the be­trayal of their will.


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