Bellwethers are not always easy to detect, but, in the case of Obamacare, the harbingers of things to come for millions of Americans are everywhere.
Take, for example, the comments delivered recently by a candid Democratic candidate for the Virginia state legislature.
Democrat Kathleen Murphy, who is challenging Republican State Rep. Barbara Comstock, told a weekend debate audience that doctors should be forced to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients.
Be virtuous or else
Murphy is merely anticipating the inevitable "solution" Obamacare advocates will propose when the number of doctors refusing to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients becomes an intolerable political problem.
Doctors stop treating federally-supported patients because they cannot afford to continue doing so, given inadequate cost reimbursements and excessive regulatory burdens occasioned by such treatment.
No matter. The solution will be to ratchet government force up another notch so that doctors will have no choice but to do as they are told.
More government doctors
The result will force more doctors out of private practice entirely and onto government payrolls or those of corporate entities that are little more than extensions of government.
At that point, the vast majority doctors will be answerable to bureaucrats and politicians rather than to patients. Treatment protocols will be government edicts and care delivery will be governed by regulatory priorities, not the needs of suffering human beings.
Many Edie Littlefield Sundbys
Another bellwhether is the cancellation of the private health insurance that covered Edie Littlefield Sundby's stage-four gall bladder cancer treatment, as described in Sunday's Wall Street Journal.
She is one of thousands of California residents and United Healthcare customers who are losing their coverage as a result of Obamacare.
She faces the loss of the doctors who have kept her alive long after others with her condition have died, as well as having to pay more for less insurance, which means the loss of further life-saving treatment.
Get ready because there will be millions of Edie Littlefield Sundbys in America in the days ahead if Obamacare goes forward.
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The New York Times: Obamacare will provide free coverage for millions.
USA Today: It's been a long year for Gov. Nikki Haley.
Los Angeles Times: Obama unable to govern like he campaigns.
The Weekly Standard: Could Obamacare sink Terry McAuliffe?
National Review Online/David Horowitz: Uniting the Right around freedom.
American Thinker: Piecemeal media revelations about Obama thuggery.
Talking Points Memo: How insurers are hiding Obamacare benefits from customers.
New York Observer: Belafonte compares Koch Brothers to KKK while introducing Bill de Blasio.
Washington Monthly: How the Left dodged a bullet in campaign 2012.