The Horror Stories Pile Up

Posted: April 8, 2013

Upon approval of the massive ObamaCare legislation, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said that it needed to be passed so Americans could learn what’s in it. Well we’ve learned enough to know we don’t like it. That’s what the polls say.

Opposition to all or parts of the law runs across a broad spectrum — from solitary citizens aghast at the cost of individual insurance policies through state exchanges yet to be fully established; to small businesses bridling under a restriction limiting them to the choice of one coverage plan for all employees (at least until 2015) on the state exchange menu; and, finally, to a majority in the Senate determined (or so it appears) to rid the law of a job-killing medical device tax.

The latest comes from the Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial page: a submerged tax that will hit many companies to the tune of $63 for each person they insure — spouses and family members as well as employees. These dollars, the T-D noted, will be dispatched to insurance companies to hold down rates for those in high-risk individual plans. The T-D rightly termed this a naked transfer of wealth from one set of corporations to another.

No wonder many “small” businesses want to cut their workforces to below the 50-employee threshold and avoid the vexing insurance mandate. To be sure, all this hardly portends well for the millions of Americans desirous of nothing more than full-time employment. Paint them the ultimate, though unintended, victims of ObamaCare.

So what might the future hold? Will ObamaCare collapse of its own dead weight. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is the latest to sound the clarion for repeal. On that count, there is reason for optimism, as Fox News analyst Brit Hume notes: ObamaCare is no more popular now than the day it was passed. That’s generally not the case with new benefit programs.


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