The collapse of ObamaCare, hailed with such euphoria by progressives when they rammed it through Congress without a single opposition party vote, is happening spectacularly. The Wall Street Journal notes in an editorial this morning:
Next year’s enormous price increases are merely the latest expression of ObamaCare’s underlying problems, and the dysfunction is undermining the health security of Americans who lack employer coverage. A wave of major insurers have quit the exchanges, and those that are left have raised deductibles and copays and restricted choices of doctors and hospitals. The public is witnessing—and the unlucky are experiencing—the collapse of one progressive promise after another.
At every stage of the ObamaCare saga, liberals said not to worry. Sure, the law was unpopular when Democrats rammed it through Congress on a partisan vote in 2009-10, but voters would learn to love it once the subsidies started rolling. That didn’t happen, and in 2014 President Obama tried to buck up Democrats by saying that “five years from now” people will look back on the law as “a monumental achievement.” Two years later it’s worse.
In a normal political year, this would deny the White House to the party that gave us this monstrosity, especially as their nominee tried a similar healthcare reform in the nineties. Furthermore, as the editorial points out, nothing has been able to shake the progressive faith in this terrible "reform." They saw the disastrous rollout as a "glitch" and an ObamaCare architect's admission that the public had been duped as hardly worth noticing.
And now ObamaCare is collapsing, they have a new line:
So now the liberal line is that ObamaCare has a few problems, but don’t worry: The same geniuses who wrote the law know how to fix it. The Bernie Sanders-Elizabeth Warren left wants a new “public option,” higher subsidies, more price controls and even more intrusive regulatory control. Hillary Clinton has endorsed all of this.
The Republicans have, contrary to what President Obama says, come up with creative and economically sound ways to reform the healthcare system with free-market and patient-centered ideas. But given that Mrs. Clinton is, at this writing, the likely next occupant of the White House, what should have been a capitulation followed by a call for new ideas will be a battle royal to go further in a disastrous direction.