In homeopathy any of a variety of animal, plant, or mineral substances are diluted in alcohol or distilled water and vigorously shaken. The process is repeated to extreme dilutions, sometimes until not even a single molecule of the original substance may remain in the final preparation. Those who believe that such extreme dilutions remain potent posit a mechanism known as “water memory” by which the water “remembers” the original substance. No scientific study to date has unambiguously shown any individual homeopathic preparation to be more effective than placebo.
A story is now making the rounds as reported here by The Hill that the Obama Administration has quietly delayed the provision of the PPACA that would limit out-of-pocket insurance costs for consumers until 2015:
The Obama administration has delayed a key provision in President Obama’s healthcare reform law that would limit out-of-pocket insurance costs for consumers until 2015.
The cap, which includes deductibles and co-payments, was supposed to limit consumer costs to $6,350 for an individual and $12,700 for a family. But administration officials have quietly delayed the requirement for some insurers, allowing them to set their own limits starting in 2014.
The delay has been outlined on the Labor Department’s website since February, but went largely unnoticed.
Writing at Forbes Avik Roy notes:
First, there was the delay of Obamacare’s Medicare cuts until after the election. Then there was the delay of the law’s employer mandate. Then there was the announcement, buried in the Federal Register, that the administration would delay enforcement of a number of key eligibility requirements for the law’s health insurance subsidies, relying on the “honor system” instead. Now comes word that another costly provision of the health law—its caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs—will be delayed for one more year.
To that I would add that more than 1,200 companies have received waivers from various aspects of ObamaCare’s provisions, some on quite questionable grounds.
The Administration’s various moves have been criticized on a wide variety of grounds including whether the president actually has the authority to adjust the law as he has without the agreement of Congress, whether the reasons for the various moves are more political than pragmatic, and so on.
My question is somewhat different. Isn’t there some level of dilution of healthcare reform beyond which it is no longer effective? Or at which cost control vanishes? Is there some kind of homeopathic theory under which the law will retain its potency regardless of how it’s delayed, waived, or modified via some sort of legislative memory?