I am occasionally invited to speak on (mostly conservative) talk radio stations on the constitutionality of certain issues, and, not surprisingly, lately my conversations with the hosts of those shows have centered on Obamacare’s constitutionality, but also its future and that of the Republican Party in the wake of the government shutdown. And I have maintained — bucking conventional wisdom — that the current unpopularity of the Republican Party due to the shutdown will fade as more Americans realize that Obamacare is not the panacea the president has claimed — that it is more expensive and less comprehensive, and that Obama’s promise that, “If you like your current doctors and current health care, under Obamacare you can keep them,” is a brazen falsehood.
I base my belief on the countless Americans now learning that first-hand (http://www.nbcnews.com/health/thousands-get-health-insurance-cancellation-notices-8C11417913). Recently a couple in California, both Democrats, received a letter from their health insurance provider, Anthem Insurance, informing them that in compliance with Obamacare their current health insurance coverage has been canceled.
But don’t worry, the letter said, Anthem is moving them to a “new, suggested Anthem plan” with benefits that mostly match their current plan, but at a “28 percent increase” in monthly premiums. In addition, “to keep costs down” Anthem is offering a new network of providers that may or may not include their current doctors — the ones they, um, like. And adding insult to injury, under the new plan they are required to have a “pediatric dental benefit” — a dental plan for their kids. The couple has five children, the youngest is 26, and at their age they have no plans to have more kids. They have both indicated that they “can’t wait” for the mid-term elections to express their disgust.
This is not atypical. Today, there are countless websites now sharing similar horror stories about the higher costs and poorer coverage of the plans Obamacare is forcing them to join.
Politically, I think this is a watershed event because, Democrat or Republican, for nearly a century the political class has agreed on one thing. Don’t mess with the Middle Class, for it represents the “Center,” which is the key to political survival. And yet, from the evidence so far, the one group that Obamacare really hurts is the Middle Class. The poor will at least qualify for subsidized health care. The rich, other than bearing the brunt of the taxes, are immune. But that California couple — solid middle class Americans — and many thousands like them are seeing costs go up and the quality of care go down.
Maybe not very soon, but someday soon, I think Americans will look back and think, “Maybe those Republicans so dead set against Obamacare were on to something.”