The new thing for opened minded and tolerant liberal progressives to be upset over is the word “ObamaCare.” Jon Stewart made a stink over it. Last week, people complained when Jake Tapper used it. The beef is that it’s a derogatory slur, and no different than calling someone a “teabagger.”
If you want to call someone who disagrees with you’re a “teabagger,” I say God bless. If dissent is no longer the highest form of patriotism in the Era of Change that you think sexual innuendo is an acceptable form of dissent, then you and the other donkey punchers can have at it. As far as ObamaCare is concerned…RomneyCare, Reaganomics, Bush Tax Cuts, Nixonian, Rovian, etc.
Where I get confused is that, if “health care reform” is so awesomely awesome, if people are going to love it when they stop listening to Rush Limbaugh, and if it’s such a crown jewel in the Obama Agenda…wouldn’t he want his name on it?
Maybe not if you read this recent article from Reason Magazine. A taste…
Since the law’s passage, the news about it has been been unrelentingly bad. With each passing it day, it looks more likely that costs will go up, businesses will face new bureaucratic burdens, and many individuals will lose their current health care plans—just as the law’s critics predicted before its passage…
Small businesses, meanwhile, have discovered that their tax preparation costs just went way up. The PPACA will require small business owners and the self-employed to fill out 1099s for every company they do more than $600 worth of business with. That means any freelancer who buys a mid-range laptop from Best Buy will technically be required to fill out a 1099, no matter if the retailer is an indifferent chain giant. As with the drug subsidy modification, the idea is to beef up compliance and raise additional revenue—about $17 billion worth.
At the same time, cost projections continue to spiral upwards. The Congressional Budget Office now reports that the law will require an additional $115 billion in previously unreported (and yet unpaid-for) discretionary spending. Medicare’s actuary has reported that total medical spending in the U.S. will actually go up and that crucial cuts to Medicare—cuts being used to pay for the law’s new entitlement spending—aren’t likely to happen, but that Medicare benefits are likely to be reduced. And in Massachusetts, the state whose 2006 health care overhaul served as the model for ObamaCare, insurers have gone to war with the governor, and the state treasurer is warning that the program could drive the state into bankruptcy.
Maybe these are a few reasons why the donkey punchers don’t want Obama’s name on his health care reform?