It is over stupid, you lost.Politics
November 19, 2012
Why ObamaCare Is Still No Sure Thing
By JAMES C. CAPRETTA AND YUVAL LEVIN | The Wall Street Journal
Champions of ObamaCare want Americans to believe that the president's re-election ended the battle over the law. It did no such thing. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act won't be fully repealed while Barack Obama is in office, but the administration is heavily dependent on the states for its implementation.
Republicans will hold 30 governorships starting in January, and at last week's meeting of the Republican Governors Association they made it clear that they remain highly critical of the health law. Some Republican governorsincluding incoming RGA Chairman Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Ohio's John Kasich, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Maine's Paul LePagehave already said they won't do the federal government's bidding.
Several Democratic governors, including Missouri's Jay Nixon and West Virginia's Earl Ray Tomblin, have also expressed serious concerns.
At its core, ObamaCare is a massive entitlement expansion. Between vastly increased Medicaid eligibility and new premium subsidies, it is expected to bring 30 million more people onto the federal government's entitlement rolls.
The law anticipates that the states will take on the burden of implementing the expansions, but states can opt out of both.
Obamacare is the Law.
No repeal is possible.