David Frum on why Obamacare will survive. Mostly because the GOP haven't anything to replace it. "All or nothing", and they've got nothing.
The money quote:
If the Supreme Court doesn't rescue them from themselves, they'll be heading into this election season arguing, in effect, Our plan is to take away the government-mandated insurance of millions of people under age 65, and replace it with nothing. And we're doing this so as to better protect the government-mandated insurance of people over 65—until we begin to phase out that insurance, too, for everybody now under 55.
I'm not sure what the Supremes are going to do. If I were to bet, I'd say they'd grumpily concede its constitutionality. They can't, after all, legislate the bill. Although I'm sure some of them would dearly love to try.
What I'd like to see is the very serious argument that can be made about the individual mandate:
Which is the more punitive:And of course I'm not even mentioning the millions, such as the wife and me, who can't afford health insurance. That's one of the side affect of telling insurance companies they can't deny coverage, without providing for the increased costs of doing that. Insurance is ridiculously expensive and impossible for those on low incomes to pay for! Heck, under the old way, I'd never get insurance because of 2 pre-existing conditions!
- Telling people they have to buy insurance or
- Forcing others to pay at least $1,000 a year extra in order to cover those who haven't bought insurance?
Health care is a shared responsibility. Just like education is; we share the costs so that all have opportunity. In this case, it's the opportunity to stay alive and not be bankrupted by that should-be-simple task!