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Charlie Daniels: Obamacare Is Going to Implode Just as It Was Meant To

Charlie Daniels
By Charlie Daniels | September 1, 2016 | 9:19 AM EDT

A 2010 rally against government spending at the Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

It is becoming apparent that Obamacare, barring the influx of massive government cash, is going to implode, which is what it was destined to do from the get go.

Although almost nobody in the private sector even knows all the provisions in the convoluted and highly complicated legislation, and many of the members of congress who saddled us with it never even read it. The Affordable Care Act is a contradiction in terms.

First of all, it is not affordable, or at least, it soon won’t be, as major insurance carriers who signed on because they figured Obama had handed them a bonanza of millions of new subscribers are pulling out of state agencies right and left as they realize that the flower child pipedreams of our socialist-minded president could never come true.

The success of the program is predicated on the premise that millions of healthy people who rarely use the insurance would more than make up for the sick people who use it constantly.

This, of course, never materialized as the healthy people who could afford private insurance programs, for the most part, stayed with their employer-provided or personally funded programs, and the insurance companies were left holding a very heavy bag of losses numbering into the billions with no feasible end in sight.

Secondly, Obamacare was never about health care. It was designed and intended to allow the federal government to take over one sixth of the economy, eventually morphing into a single-payer system, whereby several new and bloated bureaucracies would be created and maintained on the taxpayer's dollar to administrate and enforce the program.

And when the president stood in front of the nation and intentionally lied about keeping our doctors and our private insurance coverage, it was probably the worst advertisement Obamacare could have had, as it eroded trust and magnified many apprehensions when it became clear it was not true.

America already has a single-payer system; it's called the Veterans Administration. Yes, the same one that spent one hundred million dollars on art while veterans are dying in the parking lot for lack of treatment.

It’s possible that the next president will take Obamacare and either be completely overhaul it or throw it on the scrap heap of socialism along with its other many total failures, Venezuela being the latest example.

But it’s also possible that the next president will probably just resuscitate Obamacare, and put it on life support at the cost of billions, if not trillions of tax dollars, until the day it becomes so top heavy it eventually falls on its own. 

And this will happen because there is a hole in the bottom of this ship where the wealth of the nation leaks out, and when it's gone, so is socialized medicine, massive entitlement, never-ending unemployment benefits and all the other vote grabbing programs our out of control DC Circus has burdened the taxpayers with.

Let me ask you a question, and it's meant to be non-partisan because the blame I'm passing around stains both sides of the aisle and tars both parties with the same brush, some for their greed and ambition and some for their cowardice and failure to fulfill their oaths of office.

Question: after watching the IRS be used for personal vendettas, after watching the post office, with all the advantages of being a subsidized government service, fail and continue to lose ground to private carriers, after watching the VA get turned into the incompetent, unspeakable disgrace it is, and all the other bloated, redundant and unnecessary federal agencies and bureaucracies, do you feel comfortable in leaving your grandchildren a twenty trillion dollar debt?

Would you be willing to pass this nation into the hands of the children you love with an out-of-date, demoralized military, unable to meet the threats of a newly vitalized Russian military and China who could field millions of ground troops at the drop of a hat?

Are you willing to see your loved ones face a world where our politicians have turned political correctness into an art form and have become a doormat allowing free flow of aliens of every nationality – and it's happening now – to come across our border to one day reconstitute the terrorist cells who slipped across individually among the millions of Hispanics who walk across at will and hide in one of our sanctuary cities or in plain sight in some “hands-off” Muslim neighborhood?

The truth of the matter is that our government is far bigger than it needs to be, or has any business of being, with bureaucracies tripping all over each other, incapable of running a convenience store, much less the health care of a nation.

I agree that this nation should do its best to help its poorest citizens have health care, but it will never be accomplished by the federal government. The chance for personal or political gain is too great. Our politicians have proven again and again they cannot resist the temptation to attract a new voting block or stake out ground for their party.

And to politicians, to be better, everything has to be bigger, and it takes ten people to do a job one person could handle while the other nine just get in the way. They turn everything into an unaffordable, tax-hiking three-ring circus, and the more that can be accomplished in the private sector, the better off we are.

If the government really had healthcare on its mind, why not some subsidy program to help our poorer citizens obtain insurance in the private sector?

Why not provide the same thing for our long-suffering vets by allowing them to enter the private market?

How about we require American citizenship to obtain federal benefits?

How about the House and Senate be offered only the same programs the public is offered?

This would create a competitive atmosphere in the medical trade as hospitals and medical professionals would have to compete for patients who could go to any doctor, any medical facility they choose and all would be covered by private insurance policies.

When it comes to the government, folks, it’s about power and control, not public service and compassion, and anything that falls into their purview will be conducted with that in focus.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.

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