Nancy Pelosi promised us that we would find out what's in ObamaCare once ObamaCare was passed and as we've documented in our running post Nancy's Nuances: a journey of discovery, she's been more right than perhaps even she realized.
There are some things, however, that we may never get a handle on.
My God, what have they done.
Earlier this week, the Congressional Research Service reported that the new bureaucracy the bill created is so complex and indiscriminate that its size is "currently unknowable." Capitol Hill's independent policy arm added that among "the dozens of new governmental organizations or advisory bodies," it is "impossible to know how much influence they will ultimately have."
No wonder Missourians rebelled, as with voters in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia last year. There will be more such what-have-they-done ObamaCare moments. Wait until the public discovers the government is now literally determining what qualifies as "health care" in America.
That isn't a typo. ObamaCare mandates that insurers spend a certain percentage of premium dollars on benefits, but Democrats never got around to writing the fine print of what counts as a benefit. So a handful of regulators are now choosing among the tens of thousands of services that doctors, hospitals and insurers offer. Few other government decisions will do more to shape tomorrow's health market, or what's left of it.
Terrific. 2,800 pages and they don't even get around to defining exactly what ObamaCare is.
But perhaps that was done by design
Your health care will now be sufficiently politicized to the point that candidates will stump on what "benefits" in ObamaCare will be expanded, cut-back, eliminated, etc.
As for actually defining what those benefits will be, in the meantime, let's again consult our ObamaCare wiring diagram to see how this might actually get done.
So your health care is now in the hands of a regulatory bureaucracy over which you really have no control. Every two and four years, you might have the opportunity to leverage things one way or another but suffice to say, your health care has undergone a redistricting and you are just along for the ride.
As the statists among us have pined for, just like the Constitution, think of ObamaCare as a living document.