WSJ: Let ObamaCare Collapse

by NW Spotlight

There’s a great article in the Wall Street Journal by Daniel Henninger on ObamaCare. Henninger writes that the way to truly defeat ObamaCare, “the biggest bet that American liberalism has made in 80 years on its foundational beliefs”, is not to defund it, but rather to force Democrats in 2014 “relentlessly to defend their monster.”

Henninger points out “Enacted with zero Republican votes, ObamaCare is the solely owned creation of the Democrats’ belief in their own limitless powers to fashion goodness out of legislated entitlements.”

Henninger notes that the public is already abandoning ObamaCare.

“The public’s dislike of ObamaCare isn’t growing with every new poll for reasons of philosophical attachment to notions of liberty and choice. Fear of ObamaCare is growing because a cascade of news suggests that ObamaCare is an impending catastrophe.

Big labor unions and smaller franchise restaurant owners want out. UPS dropped coverage for employed spouses. Corporations such as Walgreens and IBM are transferring employees or retirees into private insurance exchanges. Because of ObamaCare, the Cleveland Clinic has announced early retirements for staff and possible layoffs. The federal government this week made public its estimate of premium costs for the federal health-care exchanges. It is a morass, revealing the law’s underappreciated operational complexity.”

Rather than focusing on defunding, he advocates for Republicans and conservatives to “be working now to present the American people with the policy ideas that will emerge inevitably when ObamaCare’s declines. The system of private insurance exchanges being adopted by the likes of Walgreens suggests a parallel alternative to ObamaCare may be happening already.”

Henninger concludes “The discrediting of the entitlement state begins next Tuesday. Let it happen.”