President Obama is taking it in the shorts these days over his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is known, which the Republicans have kept trying to dismantle. The Republicans failed in their efforts, but now have the luxury of being able to act smart.
What they should do is just stand by, shut up and watch Obamacare implode.
Right now, the problem with Obamacare is that the website for health insurance markets isn't working. And even if it were working, people trying to use it would find that it's far too complicated for the average Joe or Jane to navigate.
The website eventually will be fixed, however, and its complexities ironed out. Then, though, the real problems will start. Physicians won't be able to figure it out, patients won't be able to understand it, either, and costs will rise beyond what anyone has imagined.
That's when the big questions will arise, such as why Obamacare wasn't fashioned more like the Canadian health system.
The Canadian system is simple, and compared to our system is relatively inexpensive. It costs about 11.6 percent of Canada's gross domestic product, compared to the 16 percent of GDP health care costs Americans.
The reason it is simple is that the government collects the premiums and pays the bills — in that respect, it resembles our Medicare. Individual Canadians who want to also can have supplemental insurance policies — just as Americans have supplemental Medicare policies.
Canada's system isn't socialism, as some claim it is. Most doctors work for themselves, as they do here, and they earn about as much as American practitioners do.
Canadian health care outcomes exceed those of the United States, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. For example, average Canadian life expectancy is 81.4 years; in the U.S. it is 78.1 years. The infant mortality rate in Canada is 4.5 deaths per 1,000 live births, while the rate in the U.S. is 6.9.
The Canadians spend about $3,895 per capita on health care, while in the U.S. we spend about $7,290. Under Obamacare, that amount is likely to go up. How many Americans are going to stand for that kind of thrashing once they realize what the real cost is?
That is why Obamacare will self-destruct. It is a bad arrangement, a bad arrangement that just happens to have a bad website?