Big Government Liberalism Will Crash with Obamacare
The Health Care Disaster Is Bigger Than They Think
On March 23, 2010 – the day President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act – liberals celebrated their dream of creating national health insurance.
On October 1, 2013 – the day Obamacare opened for business – liberals came face-to-face with the real world.
The calamity of the Obamacare rollout and the chaos of what’s to come are bigger than even the President’s most cherished accomplishment. It’s a stark example that big government is the worst way to run a nation that has long prospered on free enterprise and individual initiative.
There is a strange sense afoot that the public’s pervasive bad mood is now symbolized in one huge government program that already has failed. Politically it could be fatal for the Democratic Party in the midterm elections next year and the presidential contest in 2016.
A glance at the headlines any day of the week reveals that most Americans think the country is on the wrong track. The economy is stuck in the mud with a disastrous dip in the number of citizens in the workforce. The nation has experienced the worst economic recovery since World War II. There are more part-time than full-time jobs. These long-term problems will not yield to the quick fix.
All this during the five-year tenure of the most liberal president in decades. President Obama promised more efficient government that would lift the middle class out of the doldrums. But the evidence is not there. In fact, quite the opposite has now been revealed dramatically in the Obamacare failure.
Unless there is a drastic overhaul, the Obamacare calamity will continue for months or even years. Without a drastic political change in Washington it seems unlikely that millions of Americans will receive relief from this overly ambitious big government experiment.
The stakes could not be higher for Obama and his Democratic colleagues. They bet everything on Obamacare. Now there is panic in the White House and amongst Democrats up for reelection across the board. Even the fawning national media cannot ignore the Obamacare disaster and the long-term consequences for the president and his party.
Obama and the Democrats will not give up easily. The upbeat rhetoric from the President, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi defies reality. All will be well, they say, once experts correct the technical problems with the Obamacare launch. Every American with an ounce of common sense knows it is not true.
The President and his followers are missing the point. Obamacare is the boldest big government experiment in decades. It is the cornerstone of Obama’s legacy. But more than that, it is the epitome of big government liberal programs.
When Obamacare fails – and it will fail – it will severely damage the Obama presidency and the ideological foundation of the Democratic Party. The political pendulum will swing. And when it does, the American people will get a chance to take back their liberty. It’s a test case. Let’s hope it works.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.