cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
President Obama announced this morning that he is backing away from the controversial birth control mandate for Catholic organizations. He is trying to make this go away and claims this isn't an accommodation. The practice of insurance companies eliminating contraception coverage for Catholic entities has been here for a long time. This isn't a new directive from the President much as he'd like us to think that is the case.
The long and the short is...the President bit off more than he could chew and is backing down while trying to paint this as something other than a full retreat.
This whole situation brings to light, however, something that many have either forgotten or never knew. PPACA (aka ObamaCare) permits nameless people to make key decisions about health care and its delivery in our country. The law, unless materially altered by the U.S. Supreme Court or somehow rendered impotent by the Congress, will, ultimately, completely change the dynamics of health care.
We have succeeded in taking the consumer out of the buying decision already and that is a significant part of the cost explosion that we have today. We pay our $20 co-pay at the doctor's office and that becomes the cost in our minds. We don't see, or don't take the time to investigate, what the real costs are since we have little to gain by doing so. That has caused us to over-utilize in many cases and that drives up costs. Then we complain about the insurance company because the premium rates go up every year. Insurance companies are simply third parties that make the payments for what we bought at the doctor's office.
ObamaCare will complete the circle. It will succeed in completely removing any individual control we have over our own health care. The President knows that and disingenuously tells us otherwise. The members of Congress who voted this monstrosity into law in the wee hours of the morning when no one was watching also knew what they were doing. This wasn't an accidental use of power; this was a deliberate use of power.
There will be many more things such as the birth control issue that will simply be declared to be in full force and effect and we'll have nothing available with which we can cause that to change. The reason is that the essential elements of a real marketplace will have been destroyed and that will make a return to what we had virtually an impossibility.
So the insidous new health care system will be government-mandated and government-driven and we will be virtually powerless to effect any change. We could 'throw the bums out' but it will soon be too late for that to change anything. The U.S. Supreme Court has a most important decision to make, likely by June, about how much, if any, of PPACA will survive. That decision will affect us all for the rest of our lives either for the better or for the worse.