I realize I may be wrong about what is going to happen. With a liberal media and tragically liberal culture, Obamacare may not be the disaster for liberalism that it deserves to be.
But right now it looks likely. According to Reuters, yesterday:
President Barack Obama’s healthcare law could have a “meltdown” and make it difficult for his Democratic Party to keep control of the U.S. Senate next year if ongoing problems with the program are not resolved, a Democratic senator said on Sunday.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who has urged delaying a penalty for people who do not enroll for health insurance in 2014 under the law, told CNN that a transitional year was needed for the complex healthcare program, commonly known as Obamacare, to work.
“If it’s so much more expensive than what we anticipated and if the coverage is not as good as what we had, you’ve got a complete meltdown at that time,” Manchin told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.
“It falls of its own weight, if basically the cost becomes more than we can absorb, absolutely.”
From everything I have seen, we have only just begun to experience problems with Obamacare. So I expect there will indeed be a meltdown. Of course, Republicans may have a panic attack over the threat of victory and do something incredibly stupid to kill their chances in the polls. Time will tell.
But if this meltdown happens, let’s be clear about what is melting down. It isn’t simply the principle of socialized medicine. While I never expected Obamacare to be great, it never needed to be this bad. This implosion required an arrogant dismissal of responsibility—a fatal apathy about the content and the implementation of the law. Obama and his handlers thought believed their own lies about their abilities. They would have been better off if they had been overwhelmed with performance anxiety. They might have avoided a lot of mistakes by paying attention.
But the meltdown won’t be just a about Obamacare and arrogance leading to incompetence. It is also hitting us when we have an economy weakened by years of over-spending and insolvent entitlements. Perhaps there was a time when America was prosperous enough to absorb the damage of Obamacare and allow propagandists to get away with focusing on its alleged benefits. But because of past government programs and central-bank machinations, we are no longer that prosperous.
The Obamacare meltdown will thus be the meltdown of many more things. It will be the economic hardship that makes all the other hardships become too much to bear.
It will be the meltdown of liberalism.