Last week, I posted a series of questions that I hoped would get supporters of ObamaCare thinking.
I received a brief response from the Center for American Progress’ Matt Yglesias on Twitter. The Guardian’s Sahil Kapur provided a thorough response, and even posed a question in return.
I appreciate Kapur’s effort, and plan to respond. But before I do, I wonder if he (or any other thoughtful ObamaCare supporter) would answer just a few additional questions:
- What does it say that Democrats are having this much trouble getting their health care legislation through Congress even after hiding 60 percent of its cost?
- What does it say that Virginia’s legislature, including its Democratically controlled Senate, has approved legislation blocking the Obama plan’s centerpiece? Or that 31 other states are considering legislation or amending their constitutions to do the same?
- What does it say that veteran and centrist health economist Alain Enthoven writes, “The American people are being deceived...the bills in Congress…do little or nothing to curb [health care] expenditures. When the American people come to understand that ‘reform’ was not followed by improvement, they are likely to be disappointed.”
- What does it say that some Democratic pollsters are in open revolt against ObamaCare?
- What do you make of Yuval Levin’s observation that, in order to enact ObamaCare, Democrats must “amend a law that doesn’t exist yet by passing a bill without voting on it”?
- What does it mean if Democrats decide that ObamaCare will die if it faces a simple, up‐or‐down, majority vote in the House?