To Detroit, the future looks like Obamacare.
With Obamacare, the rest of the country might look like Detroit.
The largest city in U.S. history to declare bankruptcy is hoping to use the largest expansion of the federal government in 50 years to load part of its health-care debts onto the rest of the country, according to a report Monday in the New York Times.
That’s not how The Times puts it, but it’s the thrust of a story that outlines how a city driven into ruin by decades of Democratic delusions wants to use an even bigger Democrat delusion to weasel out of part of the debts it’s built up in union retirement contracts.
And other cities are likely to follow suit, particularly Democratic strongholds like President Obama’s adopted hometown of Chicago, according to The Times.
“The Affordable Care Act does change the possibilities here dramatically,” a program director at the National League of Cities told The Times. “It offers a very high-quality, potentially very affordable way to get people into health care without the burden falling back onto the city and town.”
Right. The burden falls back onto the federal government, which means responsible, generally Republican-run states will end up footing the bill for the irresponsibility of Democratic politicians that bought union support by adopting public-employee contractors they couldn’t afford and now apparently don’t plan to pay.
And even the people who are supposed to benefit from it – the retired employees whose health care will soon be everyone else’s problem – don’t like it.
They say it’s not a good enough deal, according to The Times.
Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel doesn’t sound like he cares much.
“With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, our retirees will have more options to meet their health care needs,” his spokeswoman told The Times. “We will ensure that they have all the information needed to navigate the options available going forward, while saving vital taxpayer dollars.”
Vital taxpayer dollars in Chicago maybe, and Detroit, and Stockton, Calif. (another bankrupt Democrat city), but not elsewhere, where those dollars are just as vital but don’t happen to be in union-driven penury – yet.
“I’m applauding Detroit,” said Dan Miller, the city controller in Democrat-run Harrisburg, Pa., another city looking at bankruptcy, and looking at Obamacare as an escape hatch.
“I’m hoping that Obamacare turns out to be a great solution, and I would love for our city to have the opportunity to do that,” Miller told The Times.
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