Commentary Magazine


Democrats Wake Up to Obama’s “Huge Train Wreck”

In a hearing on Wednesday, Democratic Senator Max Baucus, in speaking about enacting the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “I just see a huge train wreck coming down.”

He’s not the only one.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll (cited here) shows that two-thirds of Democrats now believe the president’s heath care reform will either hurt them personally or have no effect on their daily lives. Just above a quarter of those surveyed (27 percent) said the reforms would help them. Just 15 percent of independents believe the Affordable Care Act will help them.

Democratic strategist Doug Schoen, in a burst of candor, admitted, “Obama is trying to make the next election a referendum on Republicans. But Obamacare will still be a drag on the Democratic ticket. Democrats supported it because Obama was attached to it, but they still have great skepticism about the real impact of the law.”

The real impact of the law is turning out to be profoundly negative, and the worst is yet to come. ObamaCare is an unworkable monstrosity, and its failure may be among the most important political facts of Mr. Obama’s second term. It alone will do a fair amount to revive the GOP’s political hopes, starting in 2014.  

The president and his party own this impending “huge train wreck,” and there’s nothing much they can do to avoid it at this stage.