Let It Burn

Daniel Henninger has a good discussion about the coming disaster known as Obamacare over at WSJ. Here are a couple of the more insightful lines.

But ObamaCare’s Achilles’ heel is technology. The software glitches are going to drive people insane.

The discrediting of the entitlement state begins next Tuesday. Let it happen.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE—Things will be quite nasty as Obamacare burns out, perhaps catastrophic. However, I’m beginning to be convinced that is the only way the situation will be remedied. The Progressive politicians who created the mess are behaving very much like an alcoholic who still thinks he can handle it, and their go-along/get-along enablers are much like a drunk’s “understanding” friends. We’re past the time when an intervention might have worked. The system is going to have to wake up in the drunk tank before it hits bottom.

11 thoughts on “Let It Burn


  1. Sadly, as someone who is already being burned by this monstrosity, I think I have to agree with him. At the same time, I’m glad that Cruz did what he did, because if nothing else, it lets those of us who have seen the trainwreck coming from afar know that there are at least one or two folks in DC who “get it”, and who, once the whole edifice starts to crash, will be willing to work for something new and better, and NOT single payer.

    I’ve lived under single payer, and it’s not pretty. “Oh, but 20% of all acute appendectomies get post-op abcesses!”, (Korean War and WWII MASH units had around 1%, operating in far from ideal conditions and on wounds not initially made in a supposedly sterile field) and the acceptance of a 30% post op wound infection rate for C-sections in 2001 which I doubt has improved any. That was in Ireland, and I believe they do better than most of the NHS.


  2. The “let it crash” advocates are wrong. The system which is our political culture has had its feedback loop broken. This thing will get in and stay in and contribute to the wholesale destruction of the entire system. Failure of the smaller parts would mean smaller disasters to recover from. Failure of the entire system means a nightmare.


  3. This is both nonsense and dangerous nonsense. Sure, the entitlement state will fail. It has been failing for decades. Hundreds of trillions of actuarial debt attests to that fact. That doesn’t alter the fact that it continues to expand. Nor, does it alter the fact that if you willfully destroy both the individual health insurance market, and the employer-based health-care model socialized medicine becomes the more politically expedient option.

    Fundamentally, I don’t care if tweedle-dee or tweedle-are captains the Titantic as it hits the financial iceberg. Ted Cruz is simply on the right side of history. His opponents are idiots and cowards who are dooming a generation of young Americans to part-time work, if they are lucky, and the elderly to premature deaths courtesy of impersonal bureaucrats. It all matters what more important to you, the politics of it, or its effects on actual human beings.


    • I do agree with you, but the question which none of us seem able to answer is which will have the worse affects on real people, crashing the system and battling over how to start it anew from the ashes or trying to tinker with it and hope that you can rebuild the entire foundation, probably ending up with an extremely inefficient Rube Goldbergian contraption? I honestly don’t have the answer, I just know that what we’ve got right now can’t continue.


      • Over 70% of people were satisfied with their health care plan pre-Obamacare, so I would say that what we HAD was pretty darn good. There were many sound suggestions to cover those who were uninsured and did not want to be, but they were fought against and ignored for the sole reason that it would have made single payer completely obsolete.

        As I often point out, lack of health insurance does not equal lack of health care. I was uninsured for years in my youth, and when I needed care, a rare occurrence, I paid out of pocket. Many people choose not to have it for various reasons.


      • I should specify that by “what we have now” I meant what is happening with the partial implementation of OCare, which has already had a significant number of deleterious effects.

        When my parents were first married all they had was catastrophic coverage, but they were able to afford their medical care as well as two children and all their medical needs. Of course doctors didn’t have to charge as much because they didn’t have to hire so many people just to manage the insurance paperwork and IT stuff.


    • Well, to be fair- the exchanges, at least, can and will collapse, and they’re the biggest part of the reform- really the lynchpin of the whole thing. They’re dependent on insurance companies choosing to enroll in them- if insurance companies aren’t making/don’t make money on them, they will withdraw. Once the exchanges collapse, the only popular (or voluntary, in the case of medicare expansion) parts of the law that are left are the option to expand medicare, the pre-existing condition fix and the child fix, and almost wholly unpopular parts will remain- the employer mandate, the ‘open season’ limitation even for state, private healthcare, the individual mandate.

      Once that occurs, the employer and individual mandates will be stripped out, and replaced with tax credits as the Republicans wanted to do all along and are trying to do now.

      Then the exchanges can be reopened- with the federal exchange now being universal, in all 50 states, and states capable of starting their own exchanges on top of that if they want to. Without the artificial BS restriction of “You must have insurance with features X, Y, and Z or you’re not actually insured and must pay this tax on TOP of your medical bills”, what was a pillar supporting a cancerous mass becomes a legitimate free and competitive market. And we’ll wind up with a bill that’s a compromise of Democrat and Republican ideas- which is what it should’ve been all along, if the dems weren’t so obstinate about refusing to amend the bill, both when it passed and since.

      So there is an argument for the ‘let it burn’ philosophy- it’s something we saw work (de facto, if not de jure) with Real ID, and it’s something that can work again here.


  4. how many people will die due to this monstrosity of arrogance and incompetence or just plain acceptance from those who do the will of communism?


  5. I honestly believe that Obamacare was designed to fail. The goal is to get people so upset with the healthcare system that they will want the government to take over the whole mess.


  6. I have seen my premiums go up for less coverage for 2 years in a row now. At least I work for a company that seems, for the time being at least, to be willing to continue offering coverage. As to what will happen for the 2015 coverage year it’s up in the air. For most folks that have traditional insurance I see premiums continuing to rise for less coverage, but the exchanges don’t seem to make much better sense since for most, there will be subsidy and the coverage will be worse than a private plan.

    As a side note, the Cabin Boy says the only posts that get comments are about him. I guess this post, among others, proves him a liar yet again.

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