From Ted Frank on Facebook:
So ACA, among other sins, screws up 16% of the economy, raises my taxes, raises my cost of insurance, wastes billions of taxpayer dollars with crony sweetheart deals, raises marginal tax rates on the middle class above 100%, disrupts the labor market by penalizing hiring full-time employees, and likely hurts global health progress at the margin by deterring the creation of new medical devices--and for all that we get *more* uninsured people, the supposed social problem requiring this monstrosity of a bill.
And the only reason the effects are this "small" is because the administration has lawlessly unilaterally amended the bill so that tens of millions of people won't get blindsided until after the 2014 elections. Wait until the multi-billion-dollar bailouts of insurance companies at taxpayer expense.
And as I said there, all my elistist-interventionist friends will now be saying we need MORE gubmnt to fix the mess. Argghhh.
Addendum: Ted added,
"Passing something is better than passing nothing, even if it makes things worse, because it shows we *care*" is a very bad way to structure public policy.
Even with the generous assumption that other countries' systems are superior (the UK experience shows that's not so), it's not a defense of *this* bad law to say that "We didn't have the votes to pass the law I would've preferred, so we agreed to a compromise Rube Goldberg scheme that is a total catastrophe."