Claire McCaskill: Hey, maybe we "overpromised" on ObamaCare

Tens of thousands fewer medical bankruptcies, hundreds of thousands of lives saved, billions of dollars in wasteful medical spending cut. A new golden age of American health care. That’s what we were promised — and it’s still coming, according to McCaskill (I think). It’s just not going to happen as fast as the Democrats have been suggesting. This is the very first wiggle in the endless goalpost-moving that will characterize our new bouncing baby boondoggle in the decades to come, so enjoy it. As for her claim that the GOP is running around screaming that the sky is falling, well, yes: “The sky is falling” means that we’re now en route to single-payer health care, with a detour to a public option that’ll be passed once enough insurance companies have gone bust because they can’t cope financially with O-Care. Each step is a new threshold of crowding out private industry on the way to full-blown socialized medicine; if the left thought they could get away with it politically right now, they’d have done it already — as they’ve admitted many, many times. So yes indeed, the sky has begun to fall. If McCaskill disagrees, she’s welcome to follow that last link and ask Barney Frank and Rahm Emanuel and Jan Schakowsky etc etc whether I’m right.

Meanwhile, Jon Kyl says not to fret, that the GOP has the stomach to repeal this thing if given the numbers to do so. I’m skeptical, only because that’s not what history suggests about entitlements. Once they’re here, they’re here to stay. Which is to say, the sky is falling. Fast.

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John Sexton 1:00 PM on December 05, 2022