I write in defense of Chuck McDougald’s recent column headlined “The Affordable Care Act Conspiracy Theory” (Nov. 2 issue of the Daily Journal) suspecting that at least one of your “progressive” readers will write in to dismiss him as a kook. He is no such thing, and conspiracy theories are sometimes right. The piece is well reasoned and backed with facts.
Mr. McDougald’s speculations about the motives of the people behind Obamacare are quite plausible. It’s obvious by now that no one person ever knew the contents, much less the implications, of all its 906 pages. It’s obvious that the law will need major revisions, and soon. It’s no stretch at all to believe that the instigators of Obamacare have seen it all along as a throw-away stepping stone to a “single payer” system — a euphemism for a forcible political power grab. Many of them have said as much publicly. Should they succeed in capturing health care, it’s likely these “progressives” will launch further attacks on what remains of our freedom and prosperity. But it’s just possible that things may go the opposite way. The collapse of Obamacare just might lead us to start unraveling some of the government edicts, interferences, subsidies, licensing and controls that have brought health care to the mess we have now.
Patients, sensitized to costs, might start to shop around as they now do for Lasik eye surgery. Insurance companies might have to face genuine competition, not the faux competition of the Obamacare “exchanges.” Let’s hope.