What none of the program’s advocates will ever likely admit, however, is that Obamacare’s problems aren’t simply a product of Republican opposition (just count all those multiple meaningless House votes since 2011 to “repeal” Obamacare), or the plodding federal bureaucracy (thousands of pages of new Obamacare regulations issued in the past year prove otherwise), or lack of funding (congressional GOP leaders aren’t brave enough to force the issue), or a shortage of political will (is there anything the IRS won’t do?). The fact is that Obamacare has stalled because the liberal vision of the 19th-century of government as benevolent Leviathan has crashed head-on into 21st-century reality.
The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger captured it well with this observation last week: “Even if you are a liberal and support the goals of the Affordable Care Act, there has to be an emerging sense that maybe the law’s theorists missed a signal from life outside the castle walls. While they troweled brick after brick into a 2,000-page law, the rest of the world was reshaping itself into smaller, more nimble units whose defining metaphor is the 140-character Twitter message.”
Simply put, the digitization of social interaction, economic transaction, the political process and everything in between is decentralizing the world, moving it in the opposite direction of the massive centralization of Obamacare.