Obamacare dead for 2009?
Is Obamacare, for the present at least, dead on arrival? According to ABC News, it is:
Senior Congressional Democrats told ABC News today it is highly unlikely that a health care reform bill will be completed this year, just a week after President Barack Obama declared he was “absolutely confident” he’ll be able to sign one by then.
“Getting this done by the by the end of the year is a no-go,” a senior Democratic leadership aide told ABC News. Two other key Congressional Democrats also told ABC News the same thing.
This administration seems to have been totally unprepared for the resistance to their proposed health care reforms. The town halls of this past summer will go down in American political history as the model of how not to sell an idea to the American people. And the series of health care reform bills, culminating most recently in a 1,990 page behemoth that “runs more pages than War and Peace [and] has nearly five times as many words as the Torah,” are bloated and bureaucratic. The $1.2 trillion price tag does little to inspire confidence that health care costs will in any way be lowered by it.
Of course, we don’t really seem to inclined to lower health care costs in the United States anyway. Are fast food restaurants going out of business due to a lack of customers? Is there a public outcry for loser pays medical malpractice reform? Is there bipartisan support to allow individuals and groups to purchase health insurance across states lines to create a truly national health insurance market with competition and lower prices? Are there any substantive steps to increase the number of primary care physicians in the country?
So far, the answer across the board appears to be “No.”