Before its passage, politicians were urged to vote for Obamacare as a smart political move. In time, supporters claimed, people would come to love the new benefits. “Good policy is good politics,” President Obama said.
Today, as people find out what’s in the bill, they are coming to hate it. In a leaked PowerPoint presentation, Families USA advises a new message: “The bill isn’t perfect, but we’ll improve it.” Forget about the extravagant claims of reducing medical costs and the federal deficit, it says: “Keep claims small and credible.” A lead Wall Street Journal editorial queries: “Who’s Obamacare’s Daddy?”
Few of the groups that pushed for passage are crowing, and even fewer electioneering politicians are bragging about their authorship of the “historic” legislation.
At our county medical society, there’s a mood of impassive resignation. The society is making a deal with a business group to help doctors survive—and to help the society slow the loss of disenchanted members. There’s no applause for the AMA’s endorsement of the bill.