Jonah Goldberg writes Obamacare Schadenfreudarama in National Review Online:
The hubris of our ocean-commanding commander-in-chief surely isn’t news to readers of this website. He’s said that he’s smarter and better than everyone who works for him. His wife informed us that he has “brought us out of the dark and into the light” and that he would fix our broken souls. The man defined sin itself as “being out of alignment with my values.” We may be the ones we’ve been waiting for, but at the same time, everyone has been waiting for him. Or as he put it in 2007, “Every place is Barack Obama country once Barack Obama’s been there.”
In every tale of hubris, the transgressor is eventually slapped across the face with the semi-frozen flounder of reality. The Greeks had a god, Nemesis, whose scythe performed the same function. It was Nemesis who lured Narcissus to the pool where he fell in love with his own reflection. Admittedly, most of Nemesis’s walk-on roles were in the Greek tragedies, but in the modern era, comeuppance-for-the-arrogant is more often found in comedies, and the “rollout” of Healthcare.gov has been downright hilarious. (I put quotation marks around “rollout” because the term implies actual rolling, and this thing has moved as gracefully as a grand piano in a peat bog.) But, as the president says, “it’s more than a website.” Indeed, the whole law is coming apart like a papier-mâché yacht in rough waters.
For years I have remained firm on what a disaster this bill is. The idea that a federal agency could mandate expensive additional coverages, add preexisting conditions to the risk pool, flatten the yield curve (reduce the spread between the highest and lowest rates), add taxes to medical device makers AND still lower premiums without any sacrifice in service or quality could only be swallowed by blind sycophants or the most economically ignorant in the world. In the investment world we have long learned to be wary of the deals that are just too good to be true. This is like having Bernie Madoff propose a health care solution.
Besides a policy that was doomed to fail from its inception, regardless of how incompetent the web design was, I am still amazed at how the media gave this disaster so much cover for so long until it could not muster any credibility at all. But even they are subject to believing lies that make them comfortable.
I repeat what I have claimed for years: this bill should be repealed- completely and quickly.