"I really don't like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this [Obamacare]."
In that quote lies the essence of why Obamacare is ultimately a great thing for this country. They are not the words of a political newcomer, but of a citizen, named Tom Waschura, who voted for President Obama in the last two presidential elections.
Waschura was a vehement supporter of Obamacare until he discovered that his family of four will be paying $10,000 more per year for health insurance than they've been paying.
Due to Obamacare regulations, Waschura's insurance must expand its coverage to include benefits his family does not need but which he must still pay for. "When you take $10,000 out of my family's pocket each year," he said, "that's otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy." Despite this, Waschura maintains, "I'm not against Obamacare. It's just the initial shock. I'm holding out hope that there will be a correction over a handful of years." He will see that he is wrong.
The only way to avoid this exorbitant cost is for Waschura to drop his family's private insurance and enroll in Obamacare. This exodus of customers will be experienced by all private insurance companies, driving those companies out of business, and thus giving Obamacare—the government—a monopoly on health-insurance. This is by design, of course.
Another person who will be paying more for health insurance is Cindy Vinson, whose annual health-insurance cost will rise by $1,800. "Of course I want people to have health care," she said, conflating, as a leftist tends to do, health care with health insurance. "I just didn't realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally." Thank you, Cindy, for only paying attention so late in the game.
I have absolutely no sympathy for Waschura, Vinson, and the tens of millions of others who are being and will be forced into his same position; they wanted Obamacare. By electing Obama, they elected to force Obamacare upon the rest of us against our will. We should not have to pay the costs that subsidize the program; they should. We should not be forced to leave our private insurance company; Democrats should. That's as fair as it gets. But America is not fair and Obamacare is law.
The fact that Waschura and others like him were thrilled about Obamacare until the moment they discovered the realities of the program is exactly the reason conservatives and Republicans should stop fighting it and let it be fully implemented. Let it implode upon itself and, more importantly, upon its supporters. Those supporters will, as Waschura and Vinson have partly done, realize the error of their ways and they will then support efforts to repeal Obamacare, say, a decade from now. Their support of that cause will lead to a new wave of conservatives entering and controlling both houses of Congress and the presidency.
Right now conservatives and Republicans are attempting to fight this war in a strictly political arena, but the real war is a cultural one. American culture, being, among other things, a culture of entitlement, is devastatingly liberal because liberal politicians had the acumen to realize that a nation's political proclivities sprout from its culture. Democrats are ahead of the game--they got started on the game decades ago--while Republicans are still busying themselves with politics. It's the culture that, frankly, needs to be destroyed; not the government. Letting Obamacare make doubters of its supporters and, a bit later, conservative converts of its doubters would be a powerful way to battle it. Telling America "Obamacare will be harmful" is a losing strategy; letting Obamacare actually be harmful is the only hope there is in defeating the entitlement culture.