Friday, March 26, 2010

Enforcing the Law

The Law of Unintended Consequences of course.  More rigidly applied than the law of gravity, more strictly observed than Newton's laws of motion, unintended consequences are a given any time that the government sets its mind to solving a problem. ObamaCare being just the latest in a long line of proofs of the law.
As Dave Budge noted, there will be a gazillion IRS agents added to the rolls of government teat sucking to make sure that we are all in compliance with obtaining health insurance under ObamaCare.  Just one problem, they will have zero enforcement capability.  As a result, there is no disincentive to avoid getting health insurance until you actually need, you know, medical care.  As a result, insurance companies are going to be faced with all of these non rejectable applications for insurance coverage which was filled out in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.  Since insurance coverage is based on probabilities, the new method of deciding on when to buy insurance means that there will be a 100% payout with a probable 1% pay in of premiums.  Since you could go to the hospital, have your surgery, stay for a week, and as soon as you are out, cancel your insurance, it is unlikely that insurance companies are going to survive.
The irony is that in attempting to cover the 30 to 47 million people without insurance, we just may be sending the numbers of uninsured into the 300 million realm.  Tell me that was what the Democrats wanted to do.  No, I really believe they just plain failed to think it all the way through, just like always.
The other amusing thing, is that while the Democrats admit that the bulk of the benefits don't take effect until 2014, they were using the selling point that as of passage, you couldn't be denied for a pre-existing condition, and your children would be covered until they were 26.  Except they won't.
Democrats. proving that good government is a myth.  And yet, they persist.  What is that definition of insanity again?


Auntie Lib said...

've thought for a long time that if Congress or the state legislatures wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of their constituents they should repeal Murphy's Law and the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Thank you for providing more evidence to support my contention.

Steve said...

It's "scientific consensus" Auntie.

Dave Budge said...

I'm holding out that they'll repeal the Law of Gravity. That would be the most useful thing for them to do and I think that they think they can.