Way back during the debate phase of the Health Care debacle, the cost of this monstrosity which has as its sole purpose, to destroy our insurance industry and to subjugate our entire medical delivery system to the control of bureaucrats, was bandied about. One of the knocks against a new entitlement being implemented in a nation that was undergoing a financial crisis, (which we are still experiencing by the way,) was that we simply could not afford it.
We were assured by our President, who was still at that time at least pretending to be fiscally responsible, (he is still making that claim today as well,) that this new entitlement, would be the first in human history to actually save money as far as our national budget was concerned. Take all the time you need to finish laughing. Of course, when the CBO scored the bill, it came to that supportive conclusion as well, but they also took the step to warn Americans that their conclusion was deeply flawed, as the language of the bill, as well as the assumptions made with the bill’s financial components were at best erroneous. One of the many financial lies contained within the CBO’s estimate was the small fact that a full 10 years of taxation collected was being scored against 7 years of benefits being paid. Each and every time this baby behemoth has celebrated a birthday so far, that CBO estimate of its impact upon our federal budget has changed, by comparing an increasing number of years of benefits to the same 10 years of taxation. As you might expect, by 2014, when we are comparing 10 years to 10 years, it will no longer look as rosy as when we were comparing 7 years to 10. If that seems confusing, take a peek at the chart below, it will put it all in perspective.
Bear in mind that this chart represents only the effect of adding more years to the benefits side of the equation, and not at all the natural tendency of escalating costs usually associated with entitlements and government run bureaucracies. I’m positive that if this sink hole of a law is allowed to stand, being the largest baby entitlement ever conceived of, once it grows, it will bankrupt our country with ease.
After the Supreme Court gave us its bizarre ruling we had the single dumbest national debate on whether a tax was a tax or a penalty. Every Democrat and his brother were racing to banks of microphones to announce that we should just give up the fight already and move forward to tackle the pressing issues of the day.
To those people I say this. This is a pressing issue of today. Repealing the Obamacare law is an imperative. The Supreme Court ruled against the Constitution being a document which protected citizens from the tyrannical overreach of government. They did not issue a statement which said that the law was a good thing. Laws can be overturned electorally. The other side wishes that we just move forward because they know that the American people want nothing to do with this law. They know that if this law becomes an issue for this election, as it did in 2010, they will lose, and lose big.
For this reason, we need to get on the Romney people, and really all of those running for national office to use this issue. We do not need to move forward from this debate, this is the debate, or at least one of the debates. There are many who believe that Romney’s implementation of a similar plan in Massachusetts precludes him from taking on this issue, but I say this is nonsense. First off, there is a difference between a state doing this on its own and the federal government inflicting it upon the states. That difference is called the Tenth Amendment. Secondly, after witnessing the results of Massachusetts, and the other 7 states that implemented this plan or similar entitlement plans for offering free commodities to all who reside there, Mitt Romney is capable of seeing that it would be a mistake to continue down that path. Indeed, he has stated boldly and repeatedly that he intends to repeal this 2700 page monstrosity.
Our goal in this election has to be, simply put, 51 Senators, the House, and the Presidency. The Supreme Court refused to save America, but they did not prevent us from saving ourselves.