The Obamacare Follies

October 4, 2010 05:50

Last spring President Obama promised Democrats that supporting the new entitlement would turn out to be a political winner. But, like a lot of Obama promises, this one’s turned out to be a bunch of baloney.

BY Matthew Continetti at The Weekly Standard


Obamacare is less popular than it was on the day it was born, and it wasn’t popular then, either. Practically the only Democrats who mention the law in campaign ads are those who brag about voting against it. Large numbers of Americans, including a majority of independents, would like to see the law repealed.

Furthermore, since the fees for violating the individual mandate are also low, Obamacare may actually lead to an increase in the uninsured, as individuals wait until they are sick to buy a health plan.

Add it all up, and you have a law that will make health care more expensive and less satisfactory. It’s also a law that exposes a massive gulf between the American people and the Democrats who govern them.

They wanted redistribution in the service of income equality.

For Obama and his liberal base, a universal entitlement to health care was always the top priority. Obamacare, more than anything else, is the change they were waiting for—whether the rest of us like it or not.

Pay attention, class: The central piece of Barack Obama’s presidency is a law that was passed by a narrow partisan margin over a public outcry—a law that increases dependency on government and will do untold damage to American health care.


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