Most of this was done with bipartisan support. In fact, Obamacare is modeled on a law created by a conservative think tank and signed by Obama's leading Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
Obamacare integrates disparate parts of state-sponsored medicine. Forcing Americans to carry insurance, which it redefines, Obamacare forces insurers to cover sick people, controlling terms, prices, and treatment - at a projected cost of $1 trillion. Obamacare completes America's transformation to government-run health care.
Consumer and producer alike are merged into the system and deprived of choice. If insurers are able to coexist with new government "exchanges," they are permitted to set prices only under strict controls. For example, insurers may charge older people exactly three times more than younger people, whom they are also forced to cover until age 26. As the Washington Post concludes: "Insurers will increasingly resemble well-regulated public utilities, with â ¦ new constraints on their rates and profits."
For the first time, the state will control medical treatment for people of all ages, as the health and human services secretary is mandated to dictate what Obamacare calls "essential benefits." But what exactly constitutes "essential benefits"? Hospitals are to be punished for providing what the government deems inefficient - but by what standard? Statistics? Algorithms? Political favoritism? The law prohibits "excessive profits" - but why is profit considered immoral, who decides what's "excessive," and by what right?
As if those who concocted this system know they've made something hazardous to one's health, Obamacare anticipates its effect and decrees the establishment of an ominous new government entity: the National Center of Excellence for Depression.
Health-care dictatorship is doomed to fail. But with national per-person health spending projected to be more than 20 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product within a few years - it was 5.4 percent before Medicare - Obamacare as a house of cards may collapse and cripple the U.S. economy.
Rejected by 26 states and being challenged before the Supreme Court, Obamacare achieves the opposite of its stated purpose, to ensure quality medicine; it is an abomination that threatens every American life, a culmination of America's history of government-controlled medicine that will shut down our once-exemplary medical profession's vital organs.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi infamously declared that Congress had to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it. Entering the law's second year, we know that what's in it is poison.
But we also know that what's in it - government-controlled health care based on the moral premise that health care is a right - is the end of an insidious advancement that has been a long time coming, and - unless it is opposed on principle and rejected in full - that makes Obamacare exactly what we deserve.
Scott Holleran (www.ScottHolleran.com) is a Los Angeles writer, blogger, and journalist.