On a run recently I saw a car with this bumper sticker:
Now, some provisions of the PPACA have been enacted since the middle of 2010. But the major provisions of the law, such as the execution of the insurance exchanges and the deadline for individuals to have health insurance coverage or face a penalty, do not kick in until January 1, 2014. I’m sure I remember seeing these stickers even three years ago. So, how can you love something that doesn’t quite exist yet? Do we love it because of the millions of people it has covered so far? Do we love it because it has bent the health care cost curve? Do we love it because it has made American employers more competitive? Do we love it because health outcomes are improving in America?
Loving ObamaCare is a bit like me sporting an I Love the 2019 Buffalo Sabres bumper sticker. A few current players are on that team and some probably in their pipeline. But the vast majority of what that team will look like has yet to be determined. About the only basis I could seriously have for loving the 2019 Sabres is that I like their logo, and I’ve been part of their fan-base for as long as I can remember, so I am pretty much supposed to love the 2019 Buffalo Sabres.
There’s nothing right or wrong of course with loving the 2019 Sabres – but it would certainly be nice to know exactly what and why for a change.