Just look at the Soviet Union after it collapsed...people panic when they suddenly don't have the government teat to suckle.
IMO, there is no such thing as a large, peacetime, government program that is handled skillfully and efficiently...does not exist.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
No, I don't want it to fail but I also believe there's a better answer. For now it's the best we've ever had. Hopefully, it's shortfalls will prompt people to switch to (most likely) single payer.
Mt. Rushmore: Three surveyors and some other guy.
Life goes on within you and without you. -Harrison
Hear the echoes of the centuries, Power isn't all that money buys. -Peart
After you learn quantum mechanics you're never really the same again. -Weinberg
This could be a real tuff one. Up for it or down against it.
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
I don't want the Affordable Healthcare Act to fail. I don't like big government as a Libertarian, but living in the real world, if the government as espoused by the two major parties insists on having it, the people should benefit in some way to the greatest degree possible. War is not good for people, and one party exercises a propensity for looking under every stone for a small nation to fight while spending our nation's treasure to feed the fear of the bogeyman, wasting our national treasure water in a running toilet. The other proposes a measure to provide universal healthcare, which though it isn't the best, it is a start, and was weakened by the resistance of the other side of the aisle. In short, if government wants to be big, then provide for the people. Once I heard some talking about healthcare as a "big business" that was when I knew it was time to think about providing national healthcare for all. It shouldn't be considered a business. We can do much better.
Ultimately, I see the ACA being molded and adjusted into something, either marginally different than it is in current form, or completely sacked for a better alternative, or possibly single payer. How well it transforms, will depend dramatically on how the parties involved work together.
Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."
The US Supreme court ruled that Obamacare is a tax. A tax law that did not receive one vote in congress from the Republicans who represent nearly half of the people of this nation.... not one Republican vote.
When Obamacare did not receive any Republican support it had already failed. When America elected this egomaniac, the entire nation failed.