By Tom Quiner
I’d like conservatives to do something very difficult: to make the leap of faith that Democrats had good intentions in passing Obamacare without a single Republican vote.
I’d like liberals to do something very difficult as well: to make the leap of faith that Republicans had … and have good intentions in opposing Obamacare.
I know it’s hard, but try for the next five minutes.
The foundational good intention professed by Democrats was to reduce the cost of health insurance and insure more people. To accomplish this goal, Obamacare requires folks to buy health insurance or run afoul of the law.
Is this Constitutional? Two federal judges say no. Which leads me to reason number one to defund Obamacare: the Supreme Court will very likely throw the law out as being unconstitutional. Maybe not, but I bet they do.
With all this uncertainty, it doesn’t make any sense to keep paying into a program that may be illegal. Shouldn’t we wait for the Court to decide before asking taxpayers to bite the bullet? In these tough times, it sure makes sense to me.
That leads me to the second reason why we should defund Obamacare now: it turns out its going to cost us more than originally projected according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Last year they said it would cost $1.04 trillion. Now, a mere twelve months later, they tell us, “oops, it’s really going to cost $1.445 Trillion between 2012 and 2021.”
Obamare is going to cost more than the old “hodgepodge” health insurance system (aka as the “marketplace”). The Democrats’ good intentions just didn’t work out once the non-partisan CBO got all the facts.
These revelations give people of good intention compelling, non-partisan reasons to pull the plug now.