Obamacare’s repeal is going to Barack Obama’s desk, and notorious pen, to get vetoed. I have been pretty cynical about this repeal because Congress could have defunded it and forced Obama to make hard choices instead of merely having to veto this legislation. Instead, they funded everything Obama wanted.
But Chuck Donovan claims at the Daily Signal, that despite Obama’s veto power, the Affordable Care Act is doomed.
This week, the House of Representatives will clear a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and send it to President Barack Obama’s desk.
Although it faces certain veto, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the president is only buying time for a dying law. Obamacare is in bad shape—both economically and ethically. If it were possible for a law to repeal itself, this one would be well on the way.
Simply put, three years into its implementation, the internal contradictions and weaknesses of Obamacare are multiplying.
One of the contradictions that Donovan it talking about is the failure of the co-ops and United Health Care’s withdrawal from the Obamacare market.
Another weakness was multi-state plans, which were supposed to offer people an option that did not make them pay for abortion.
In order to qualify as multi-state plans, however, the insurers were obliged to have their multi-state plan available in more states each year, beginning at 30 the first year and eventually reaching all 50 four years later.
This “glide path” to a 50-state multi-state plan system was less than ideal for pro-life advocates because it held the potential that some states would have no publicly subsidized plan with pro-life provisions for many years.
That concern was borne out, as the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) has documented, as a number of states offered no pro-life alternative health plan as Obamacare began.
Now even some existing OPM-managed multi-state plans are faltering.
For these and other reasons, Donovan thinks that Obamacare is heading toward oblivion. He doesn’t even say that it will only happen if we elect a Republican.
I want to believe this is true, but I don’t want to get my hopes up. What do you think?