Friday, March 07, 2014

Fox Butterfield, indeed

We've discussed the Fox Butterfield Effect before ("the prisons are full, despite a decreasing crime rate"), but I wonder if two seemingly unconnected news items don't provide a powerful demonstration of it.

Co-blogger Mike Feehan sends us this little worthy:

"...more than 37 significant changes already have been made to ObamaCare: at least 20 that President Obama has made unilaterally, 15 that Congress has passed and the president has signed, and 2 by the Supreme Court"

That's from the Galen Institute, and goes on to observe that more changes are on the way. While it's quite an exhaustive list, and well worth keeping handy, I was struck by the fact that I received it almost immediately after FoIB Holly R sent me this little tidbit:

"Only one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private plans through the new marketplaces enrolled as of last month ... The findings emerge as the Obama administration has been revising a series of rules that define how the 2010 law works in practice"

Here's what I'm wondering: is it coincidence that the very people on whose behalf we destroyed a functioning, if imperfect, health care financing and delivery system are turning up their noses at the "solution?" It seems to me that a lot of the uninsured are taking a wait-and-see attitude because all these changes are taking place.

Time will tell, of course, but as long as HHS Secretary Shecantbeserious and her Boss keep "tweaking" the "settled" law, a lot of folks will keep sitting on the sidelines.
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