Letter: Obamacare support must be partisan

Michael Hale boldly, if foolishly, predicted that “Obamacare is going to be a smashing success” (Readers Views Sept.5). I wonder. I wonder if he has a yardstick for success, since I could find none in his letter. I wonder if he equates success with popularity, which is easy to achieve by promising people that others will pay for their needs. I wonder if he understands the difference between evidence and sentiment, since he entreats his readers to do their own research on the one hand, and cavalierly dismisses dissenting voices on the other.

I wonder if he understands the law of unintended consequences; or the probability of such eventualities lurking in a 2,409-page bill that had to be passed so we could find out what’s in it. I wonder if he is aware that the chief architect of the legislation, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), declared the ACA “a huge train wreck coming down.” I wonder why his view is not shared by all those who have sought exemptions from the law, including labor unions, Congress, and its staffers. I wonder why President Obama has unilaterally changed so many troublesome features of such a wonderful piece of legislation. I wonder what Mr. Hale thinks about the republic and the nefarious circumstances under which the law was passed. What I don’t wonder about is his unabashed political partisanship.

Robert Hebert

economist

Baton Rouge