Five Justices on the Supreme Court basically said the Constitution didn’t limit the federal government, even though that’s exactly what our Founding Fathers were trying to do when they put together the document! And they gave the green light to a costly expansion of the welfare state.
Oh, and that decision was handed down on my birthday. What a kick in the gut.
Since that time, though, I’ve become a bit more optimistic.
I’m feeling hopeful because Obamacare is turning out to be a disaster. But why is that a reason for optimism?!?
Well, as I recently wrote, this creates an opportunity to help people understand that big government is the problem in health care.
Obamacare was enacted in 2010, and it was perceived to be a paradigm-shifting change in the healthcare system, even though it was just another layer of bad policy on top of lots of other bad policy. …But because people think we’ve had a paradigm shift and government now is in charge (pay attention, since this is my key argument), they will be much more likely to blame “Obamacare” and “government” for all the warts and inefficiencies of the healthcare system. This means the public will be more receptive to pro-market policies, such as Obamacare repeal, tax reforms to reduce over-insurance, as well as the Medicaid and Medicare reforms in the Ryan budget.
Here are some new cartoons that illustrate the law’s growing unpopularity.
We’ll start with this contribution from Eric Allie.
For obvious reasons, it sort of reminds me of this Jerry Holbert cartoon.
Our next cartoon is from Henry Payne.
And here’s one from Chuck Asay, our runner-up from the cartoon contest.
What makes the Asay cartoon so appropriate is that people who supported the law will now have to defend every bad thing that happens.
Speaking of which, a prominent Democrat recently warned that Obamacare was turning into a “train wreck,” and Steven Kelley turned that comment into a very good cartoon.
Let’s close with another Henry Payne cartoon.
A very relevant cartoon since the job market remains far below its potential. Something else that defenders of the law will have to justify.