I haven't posted anything yet about Obamacare, chiefly because I have this horrible deer-in-the-headlights feeling that we are all doomed and that it will be rammed home, come what may.
Of course it's a disaster. And see this IBD article on the clause that makes it illegal for insurance companies to enroll any new patients after the legislation goes into effect. Sweet.
Here is a good point by Lawrence Auster on the bromide that "At least Obama is a nice man." Well, no, he isn't. As Auster says (and this socialized medicine monstrosity is a good illustration),
In my view, a person who is so reckless with America's well being as this person is, is not a decent person who means well. He is someone who stands outside America, as something foreign and meaningless to himself, and who is trying to mess it up as quickly as he can, because his main purpose is to change America completely and irreversibly from its past, and he doesn't care how much he harms America in order to accomplish that. He doesn't care about America any more than an invading alien in a 1950s horror movie cares about planet earth.
The contrast with Bill Clinton in the "Obama is a nice guy" crowd is pretty clear to me, even when unstated. At least, conservatives are saying, Obama isn't a skirt-chaser. At least he brings some dignity to the office. Thus the legacy of the Clinton years in pistol-whipping conservatives into lowering their standards continues, even this long after the fact.
The "Obama is a nice guy" phenomenon, too, is much the same as the excuses made for communists. At least he "stands for" something. So did Stalin, of course. So did Pol Pot. But from a liberal perspective (and unfortunately the conservative on the street hasn't entirely avoided imbibing something of the liberal perspective) motivation by left-wing ideology excuses all harm and evil done in its name, because at least one cares.
The man in the Oval Office is a focused ideologue whose goal is to change America to fit his vision right now, and damn the torpedoes and anyone who gets in the way. This is not a nice guy.
Update: See this Heritage Foundation blog post for correction, clarification, and partial confirmation of the IBD article. Apparently private insurance will be able to enroll new patients after the beginning of the legislation, but only under onerous additional regulations.