An Obamacare Milestone

COMMENTARY Health Care Reform

An Obamacare Milestone

Dec 18th, 2013 1 min read
COMMENTARY BY
Edmund F. Haislmaier

Senior Research Fellow

Ed is an expert in health care policy and frequently is asked to help lawmakers design and draft reforms to the health systems.

This week Obamacare passed an unflattering milestone. As of today, the Obama administration has spent longer botching the implementation of Obamacare than the Roosevelt and Truman administrations spent fighting and winning the Second World War.

America’s involvement in World War II began on December 7, 1941, with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It ended 1,365 days later on September 2, 1945, with the surrender ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay.

President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. Today, December 18, 2013, marks the 1,366th day of post-enactment Obamacare implementation.

Now, it is true that building the Hoover Dam — that icon of activist liberal government — did take a bit longer (four and a half years), but at the end of that process the Hoover Dam actually worked.

 - Ed Haislmaier is senior research fellow in health-policy studies at the Heritage Foundation.

Originally appeared in the National Review Online

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