Sometimes things are so predictable that when they happen no one should be surprised.
People signing up for the so-called Affordable Care Act's federal and state marketplaces tend to be much older than the pool necessary to pay for it. As the New York Times, which supports socialized medicine, put it about this older demographic: "(It) could threaten the law’s economic underpinnings and cause premiums to rise in the future if the pattern persists."
Opponents of the law have been proved right. But a provision in the law would bail out the insurance companies so they would not have to suffer losses. This would mean two new forms of addiction: more people would be addicted to government and insurance companies would be, too. It's a perfect mix for big government liberals. They get more control over people's lives, they harm the hated insurance companies and they insure more votes for themselves because once hooked, the addicts find it difficult to break the government habit.
In Britain there are dire predictions that the National Health Service is on its deathbed. America should learn from their experience. I’m Cal Thomas.
Publication date: January 15, 2014