If you’re someone who believes nothing is certain in life but death and taxes, I’ll add a third certainty to your short list: no repeal of the new heath care law. You can take that to the bank.

The late Idaho Gov. Robert Smylie once told me “Every law on the books got there because some one or some group worked like Hell to get there. And until someone or some group comes along that wants something else, it will stay.” He was absolutely right. The new law fits his legendary wisdom to a “T.”

While the fringes … left and right … rage on about repeal, national Republican leaders are beginning to back away from their pledge to do that; a pledge made the day after passage. That’s because many of them got off the Potomac “kool aid” for a few days during their spring break. Also, what they began to hear at home when talk of repeal came up was, “Well, let’s think about this a little more.”

The left and right cacophony is more a media thing than something grounded in reality. Now the larger amorphous middle group is beginning to wake up. They’re not attracting microphones and cameras ’cause pictures of people thinking are not ratings boosters.

My research indicates a significant portion of these “let’s-wait-a-minute-on-repeal” thinkers are small business owners and self-employed individuals. Many of them have not been able to make health insurance a part of their employee’s benefits; some haven’t been able to buy polices for themselves. Some have carried $10,000 deductibles to get any coverage at all which means they’ve essentially been uninsured for nearly all medical needs except catastrophic.

Another large group of repeal re-thinkers is filled with single parents. Maybe, in the past, they could scrape enough together to insure one or more kids but had to forego their own coverage because of cost. Or more likely many couldn’t afford insurance at all. For anybody.

And those singles with no coverage because they couldn’t afford it. And millions of others working part time without coverage because many large companies cut full time workers and expensive benefits packages that went with them. And how about sales people? Millions of ’em. Independent contractors they’re called. They sell real estate or cars or insurance and nobody pays for health insurance but them. When times are good and they can.

Little by little, bit by bit, reality is settling in. While the new law is not a perfect law, it is a workable one. The shills, paid malcontents and outright liars who derailed common sense with their “death panels,” “seniors will be killed” and “the world will end” frauds are finally being overcome. We are finding out more about what’s in the new law. Some great national newspaper reporting has been done summarizing what’s in there, for whom and when it’ll become effective.

I’ve been taken to task in these pages and elsewhere for saying the way you get a good law is to put something on the books … even if it’s only a framework … then slowly, carefully and with much thought, amend, add, cut and massage it until it works the way the majority wants it to work. To you task-takers: there, I’ve said it again!

While I’ve disagreed with the way Pres. Obama handled the approach to all this a year ago, I ‘m very supportive of how the new benefits were staged to become effective. Some of the most needed portions … affordable individual insurance, coverage for children, an end to wholesale cancellations, etc. … were front loaded. That’s good political smarts. Gives people time to see how it fits.

The comeuppance for insurance companies who’ve committed wholesale consumer rape through exorbitant fee increases, arbitrary cancellations and one-size-fits-all policies comes a few years from now. Oh yes, legal steps to stop all that are in there. And the companies will unleash millions of dollars to lobby against the inevitable. Maybe they’ll chip away around the edges. But their day of reckoning is coming. Business will never again be conducted as it was in the past.

What makes me so sure? Well, it’s all those people: the singles, the parents, those with prior health problems that will have insurance coverage at last, the small business owners and individuals that will have become used to having coverage they hadn’t had before. All us folks in that amorphous middle.

That is, after all, how we survive as a nation. That’s a civics lesson the fringes will never learn. It’s our secret.

One Response to “Serious attempts to kill new health care law not in the cards”

  1. Marlee Says:

    Grade A stuff. I’m unquestoinbaly in your debt.