The Cold Equations and Obamacare

Why are people still laboring under the delusion that this was supposed to be a real product? Snap out of it.

Posted by ahem at December 12, 2013 1:10 PM

And what's worse, Obamacare is doing just exactly what it is supposed to do. It is operating exactly as designed.

Posted by glenn at December 12, 2013 2:24 PM

Hubris and nemesis are both ugly and delightful things to watch in action.

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Real product or not, they have unleashed forces they cannot control.

With any luck, they will be devoured to wide applause.

"He argued that the country could not be taxed higher; that tax exemptions... must be reduced; and proposed that borrowing more money would solve the country's fiscal shortages” Obama? Nope. Necker.

Posted by ErisGuy at December 13, 2013 5:53 AM

Fuzzy math don't work in the real world.

Posted by BillH at December 13, 2013 2:04 PM

Cloward-Piven. Marshall. Ayers. Soros.

Posted by rlc2 at December 14, 2013 7:29 AM

BillH has it bracketed. Math and numbers do not lie. This is a train wreck and the engineer is shouting 'more coal' 'get your hands off that brake lever' 'hit that throttle again- see if it can be opened wider.' "It will never be repealed as long as I am President."

Well, there's one solution to that equation he might not have considered...

I expect that people will see the 'approved, new, better policies with supra increased deductibles' will be rejected by the average consumer. Why pay that much just to gamble they will have a major medical? They will 'go bare', and depend on ER services, which will become over-crowded, and the un-paid bills will bankrupt the hospitals, or force them to close the ERs.
Do ya think medical care will decline for those in the lower economic spectrum? I do. Ezekiel Emanuel be damned, this is a disaster.
I hope that the "D" labeled politicians get it good and hard next November. They deserve it.

Posted by tomw at December 14, 2013 9:12 AM

If I remember the radio show drawn from the story, "The Cold Equations" concerned a young woman who stowed away on a rocket, unaware that her added weight doomed the flight - unless she sacrificed herself.

This would not have been necessary if they'd deemed the equations to be inclusive, affordable, and sustainable.

Posted by Lileks at December 14, 2013 11:00 PM