No matter what he’s selling, states know there’s no way out of the fiscal trainwreck that is Obamacare.
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Therefore, any state plan designed to meet the coverage requirements will inevitably rely on federal subsidies. Health care bureaucrats in HHS and in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will then create their newest Orwellian calculation proving that the state’s plan will increase the federal budget deficit and the waiver will be denied.
Even in the imaginary situation where a workable state plan could be devised, an objective review of which would show it to meet all the waiver requirements, a Democrat analysis will use wildly different assumptions to reach a different conclusion. Remember, this is the party that says the “stimulus” has “created or saved” three million jobs and wonders what the definition of “is” is.
The provisions of the waiver plan — a plan originally introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Scott Brown (R-MA) — are the health care equivalent of whack-a-mole. Every time a state tries to meet one of the requirements, they’ll find the federal government — at least if a Democrat is in the White House — popping up their pointy little bureaucrat heads and saying “Sorry, you don’t meet this other requirement.”
As Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said in an interview on PBS, “Don’t think that those waivers mean anything; they really don’t… The reason they’re not going to work is that they pound all this stuff on top of the states run by nothing else but the almighty federal government. And I know what’s going to happen: If President Obama is re-elected, within a couple of years he’s going to throw his hands in the air and say ‘this isn’t working, we must go to a single payer system,’ in other words… socialized medicine.” (For those who still have any doubt as to the leanings of even the best-mannered “mainstream” talking heads, one can hear a muffled chuckle from PBS’s Judy Woodruff as Hatch is speaking.)
The left’s future rhetorical tactics are already on display with Mrs. Sebelius saying that Senator Hatch’s skepticism about the waiver plan is because Hatch “clearly has some objection to covering all Americans…”
So when Barack Obama tells the nation’s governors “Go ahead, take that route,” it’s the political equivalent of “Please, Br’er Republican, don’t throw me into that briar patch!” After all, would Obama really support letting whole states opt out of his dream of socialized health insurance? Republicans will be making a fatal political and fiscal error by even dipping their toes into the poisoned well of Obama’s faux-offer of state waivers from Obamacare.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online