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March 28, 2015

Obamacare Battle Centers on Fear That It Will Take Hold and Grow

The New York Times explains the reason for the intense political battle over the Affordable Care Act: “it is a simple historical reality: Once major entitlement programs get underway, they quickly become embedded in American life. And then they grow.”

The ability of a successful entitlement program centers on its “durability and expansion” resulting in – according to opponents – “metastasizing costs”.

Former CBO head Robert D. Reischauer agrees: “If it’s in place for six months, it will be impossible to repeal it or change it in ways that significantly reduce the benefits,”

  • Tom Regan

    Two examples of this theory spring to mind. The Massachusett’s legislature’s decision to approve same-sex marriage in 2004, and the history of universal health care in Canada.
    Conservatives fought a vicious battle to undo the same-sex marriage decision in Mass., but Dems realized that if they found ways to thwart the anti-gay crowd, after a while most residents of the Bay State really wouldn’t care any more, once they saw that it didn’t result in the “end of life as we know it”, as predicted by opponents. Now, almost a decade later, gay marriage is a fact of life in MA, and because of that, in much of the rest of the country.
    In Canada, when the Liberal government introduce universal health care in 1966, there was a huge opposition campaign begun by doctors and insurance companies. This battle raged in ways very similar to what is happening in US right now. But Canadians, as they learned more about the plan, increasingly supported it in each poll. Now, more than four decades later, 90% of Canadians indentify universal health care as one of the things that they appreciate the most about being Canadian.

  • OldmanRick

    The only reason dim politicos are complaining is the fact that many of them are up for reelection in 2014. Another is that without some sort of fix, people will remember that it was the dims who forced obummerscare upon the American public in the first place without even reading the darn thing before voting on it.

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