There has been much fuss about North Carolina’s move to shun Medicaid expansion. (The law is Senate Bill 4, No N.C. Exchange/No Medicaid Expansion.)
But as time passes, that measure seems like an astute way of avoiding a train wreck under Obamacare (a.k.a. the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.)
For it will be a train wreck. First, as National Review Online put it, “it will neither protect patients nor provide for affordable care.”
Second, Obamacare may take years to function at all. Remember, it’s basically like asking the Post Office to take out your appendix. Just getting the computers up and running will be a huge … mess. If it can be done at all.
Michael Barone has an insightful column, “More on the Obamacare IT Nightmare.” Think about the problems you have with your computer, or with the IT department at work. Then imagine that translated to covering all the health information of every American. With different rules for every state. Run by the federal government, so there will be great effort into putting Obamacare IT contracts into every congressional district, while spending much time and energy making sure that enough transgendered albinos are hired as programmers.
Obamacare is going to be a disaster purely on practical terms. North Carolina will be better off staying away from it as much as possible.
(HT to Instapundit)