Why Wouldn't Obamacare Take Effect Until 2013? The $64,000 Question

Have you ever though, why is Obama trying to force health care reform down our throats, and trying to get it passed as quickly as possible, if it isn't slated to take effect until 2013, the year after the next presidential election? From the National Review:

One plain fact should outweigh all the words of Barack Obama and all the impressive trappings of the setting in which he says them: He tried to rush Congress into passing a massive government takeover of the nation’s health care before the August recess — for a program that would not take effect until 2013.

Whatever President Obama is, he is not stupid. If the urgency to pass the legislation were to deal with a problem immediately, then why postpone for years the date when the legislation would go into effect — specifically, until the year after the next presidential election?

If this is such an desperately needed program, why wait for years to put it into effect? And if the public is going to benefit from this, why not let them experience those benefits before the next presidential election?

If it is not urgent that the legislation go into effect immediately, then why don’t we have time to go through the normal process of holding Congressional hearings on the pros and cons, accompanied by public discussions of its innumerable provisions? What sense does it make to “hurry up and wait” on something that is literally a matter of life and death?

If we do not believe that the president is stupid, then what do we believe? The only reasonable alternative seems to be that he wanted to get this massive government takeover of medical care passed into law before the public understood what was in it.

Moreover, he wanted to get re-elected in 2012 before the public experienced what its actual consequences would be.

Unfortunately, this way of doing things is all too typical of the way this administration has acted on a wide range of issues.
I thought this reform was urgent. I thought if we didn't change things right away, we would all go broke and die. I think Thomas Sowell nailed it on the head. He wanted to get this garbage passed before we had time to think about what was in it. He also didn't want us knowing just what government run health care was going to be like, until he was reelected. Yep, typically slick willy Chicago politics, typical thuggery, deception, and dishonesty. Obama the savior? The new JFK? I think not. He's a slimy politic an in a slick suit.


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