I’m not a fan, but could his obstructionist actions be his best political move ever?
So far, and it is certainly early, Obamacare appears to be a disaster. If it is as bad as I predict it will be, Ted Cruz will run campaign ads for his own run for Presidency showing him, a lone wolf, standing at the podium for 21 hours criticizing the program and demanding de-funding. Gone from everyone’s memories will be the government shutdown he caused, and standing before us will be the one man who appeared to have the guts to stand up to one of the most destructive pieces of legislation in American history. It will be the kind of ad that could launch him to the Presidency.
As for the current state of Obamacare, consider the following:
1. The President has granted waivers to hundreds of organizations that are his political supporters. The President, who constantly rails against special interests, caters more to them than any President in our memory. Make no mistake, granting “waivers” to friends means, in essence, “I’m not going to make you guys suffer under this program like most people will.”
2. The President, and Kathleen Sebelius, cannot tell us how many people, if ANY, have signed up on the health exchanges made available on October 1.
3. The Exchange web sites, as shown in a previous post of mine, are non-functional, making it nearly impossible to sign up.
4. The President, breaking the law, unilaterally decided to delay the Corporate Mandate until after the mid-term election in 2014. More on this in another post, but how have the American people missed the magnitude of the implications of such a decision?
5. The President has issued subsidies to members of Congress which no other citizen will have, giving them $5,000 for a single person, $11,000 for a family, to make up for the lack of coverage and high deductibles in the Exchanges.
6. The cost of Obamacare, which will not be known for some time, will at least (per capita) be double or triple the false numbers the President has provided. The cost curve will bend up (not down as he has said), patients will not be able to keep their doctors in a very large number of cases, and quality of care will go down.
The VOR will stay on the job on this, and if Obamacare surprises me and is better than I estimated, I’ll say so. However, if there was someone who could take the bet, I would bet every asset I have on an Obamacare debacle.