Greg Gutfeld’s column offers the perfect explanation why the Affordable Care Act, aka the ACA, is destined for failure. Mr. Gutfeld starts by highlighting what iTunes would look like if it was a government invention:

Now imagine if iTunes had been run by the government. This is how I see it:

To enjoy my recently repurchased Marshall Crenshaw’s song “What Do You Dream Of”, I’d have to pay for an additional 19 songs I do not want, in order to help pay for someone else’s desire to listen to Ke$ha. Or worse, Enya. The iPod would come with a mandated airbag, and it would be the size of a baby’s head, and weigh 45 lbs. It would require that 34 percent of the music I purchase be polka. It would probably start overheating after an hour of use, break down, and give you thyroid cancer.

But as a reasonably compensated guy, the government believes that my desires for my music would require purchasing other music I don’t want, and I’d have to subsidize the musical choices belonging to some old guy I don’t even know.

And chances are all the music would suck (think Dave Matthews and Maroon 5). It would all cost more and satisfy less, which is what happens when choice is replaced by coercion.

That’s essentially what the ACA requires. This isn’t pie-in-the-sky. Those are the principles behind the ACA. Young healthies are essential to the equation because their overpaying pays for older, less healthy enrollees. Then Gutfeld explains why it’s destined for failure:

My point: just as civilization is moving toward an endless fragmentation allowing for options beyond our wildest expectations, President Obama believes the opposite course is “the right thing to do.” It is his warped version of progress. It’s no different than a young man staring at the advances in medicine and thinking, “No thanks, I’ll take the newt’s tail and onion powder for my cancer.” Ancient Chinese secrets no longer are acceptable medicine, except with Obamacare, what’s retro is now progress.

It’s like choosing to eat raw meat even when you know fire’s been invented and works reasonably well under certain circumstances. That’s what Obama is doing. He’s staring at a Ferrari V4i, and thinking, “No thanks, I’ll take this penny-farthing.”

There’s no questioning that world is going megachoice. President Obama’s ‘reform’ relies on limiting choice. By definition, the ACA is a dead man walking. The choice movement is the irresistible force. For all of this administration’s efforts to fix, the ACA’s biggest flaw is that it limits appealing choices.

So, you can be depressed over Obamacare, because it’s worth being depressed about. But it can’t win. Not against the human, creative mind and its desire for options. Sooner or later it will collapse, and then people will have the freedom to choose — the way health care should have been from the start.

It isn’t a question of whether the ACA will collapse. The only questions still to be answered are when will it collaps and how much destruction will it cause before it collapses. Charles Krauthammer wisely stated that anything that can’t be sustained won’t be.

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4 Responses to “Affordable Care Act will fail”

  • J. Ewing says:

    I am becoming very worried about how we get back to the quality, availability and price of our current system in the wake of O’care’s inevitable demise. It will never “fail” because the Democrats and the media will never, ever admit to that possibility. It will simply become untenable and drag on until we elect enough Republicans to flat out kill the thing. The concern I have is how long that will take and how much destruction will be left behind.

  • Gary Gross says:

    There’s no question that some destruction will happen. That said, the longer Democrats & the media (pardon the repetition) maintain that things are fine, the more distrust they’ll heap on themselves.

    What’s important to note is that the American people don’t trust Democrats on this anymore. They don’t agree with Republicans but that’s a different hurdle.

    Regaining a person’s trust is infinitely more difficult than modifying policies.

  • walter hanson says:


    I think it’s easy for the Republicans to regain the trust, but the problem is until 2017 when we will have a Republican President to sign reform bills and for the Republican Senate to pass the bills they can’t do anything except being criticizing the bill and proposing reforms that won’t go anywhere.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    That’s fine. We can’t change certain things. It’s time to think of what we’ll do when we can make more significant changes. Do what you can when you can.

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