I have one message for the Senate, the House and Obama himself: It’s not too late to remove this malignant tumor on the body of healthcare.
No one is ready for this “reform,” not even the Obama administration itself.
While the nation uneasily prepares for the October 1 deadline for implementation of Obamacare, a potentially fatal rift has materialized in the most unlikely place – inside the Obama Administration itself, demonstrating once again how unready the country is for this law.
When liberals collide on issues it’s easy to just sit back and laugh it off.Their “movement” is so full of special interest, special pleaders and special causes that the biggest problem the administration has is keeping every special interest happy.
Unions, for example, are upset because Obamacare is having intended “unintended” consequences for their membership.
Union leadership, including Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. sent a highly publicized letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi “demanding” changes to the healthcare law.
Surprisingly, the unions were rebuffed by the White House on labor’s demands.
So, despite an enormous investment in political and financial capital to build public support for Obamacare, liberals just can’t be of one mind on how to implement it.
If it’s true that the healthcare scheme was one of the most poorly thought out pieces of legislation, the implementation is likely to be sloppier still.
For example, the administration’s Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department are suing to block mergers among many of the nation’s hospitals-- hospitals that are only trying to accommodate the changes the law promises to bring. In short they just want to stay in business under the changed environment of Obamacare.
This requires some industry consolidation.
Yet, the Obama FTC is jamming on the brakes to prevent the industry from achieving this critical mass required for hospitals to run efficiently under Obamacare.
Ironically, the FTC is talking about making sure we have enough hospitals to maintain competitiveness, even as the Obamacare design is inevitably leading to fewer hospitals, doctors, pharmacies and labs.
As was intended, even if it was not admitted when Obamacare was under consideration.
A big program like Obamacare can only truly create cost efficiencies for healthcare providers if they are able to manage data- and thereby outcomes- by consolidating data, rather than leaving data segregated in various locales.
Obama himself is no doubt aware of this. After all, massive data management is how he won his reelection campaign.
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