With its facial warts and its severe case of acne, Obamacare will almost certainly achieve something worth keeping: Portability of health insurance. I wish it had been achieved another way less dependent on the growth of government. Yet, in fact, since WWII when the custom started of tying health insurance to job, the US health care system showed no sign of reforming itself in that direction.
As a conservative (libertarian, not born-again tendency) I rejoice, of course, at the prospect of people not aspiring for jobs or staying in jobs they don’t like, just for the “health benefits.”
I wish media conservative voices – my friends – who speak the obvious on this. Rush Limbaugh, among others, does not.
PS My positive experience with the French single-payer, “socialist” national health delivery system does influence my perception. Why wouldn’t it? Yes, it’s not affordable. Yet, the French national debt as % of GDP is not higher then the US equivalent. Go figure!