My latest column is up on AND Magazine!
Here is an excerpt:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed in 2009 in the midst of a massive controversy. Massive promises were made to push the bill through – you can keep your doctor, you can keep your insurance, health insurance rates would drop like the sea levels did during President Obama’s first term. The bill itself was massive – over 2,000 pages long – and part of the ongoing controversy concerned the fact that most legislators who were expected to vote on the bill didn’t bother to read it beforehand…but then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi assured us that if we only passed the bill, we would find out what is in it without having to worry about the bothersome controversy surrounding all of the language in the bill that raised Republican hackles.
But it seems that, despite Pelosi’s reasoning, we still cannot know what is in the Affordable Care Act. Just the other day, a photo posted to Twitter by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell went viral, showing all 20,000 pages of regulations that have been added since the Affordable Care Act was passed – the stack of regulations stood over seven feet high. And the best part: none of those 20,000 additional pages of regulations were part of the original Affordable Care Act. Those regulations are a gift to America from the bureaucrats in the Department of Health and Human Services. They have not been read, nor have they been voted on by anyone in Congress, but instead are just one part of the broad new powers given over to HHS as part of the Act.
It’s understandable that, for some people, the Affordable Care Act has been a good thing – some who could not get insurance due to preexisting conditions have been able to now. But one of the main problems with the Affordable Care Act is that it is doomed to fail – it is not a matter of if, but of when. In fact, according to the rubric of promises made in the lead-up to the bill’s passage, the Affordable Care Act has already proved itself a failure.
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