The ObamaCare fight is just beginning

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Since: Jun 13

Hilliard, OH

#1 Oct 1, 2013
Democrats are affronted that Republicans have made ObamaCare a focus of this fall’s fiscal fights. They should get used to it.

Even if Democrats deflect efforts to defund or delay the law in coming weeks, the fight will go on. Republican opposition is for the long haul, and it should be.

Even as the exchanges for individuals to purchase insurance get up and running, Oba­ma­Care is still in play. It has a legitimacy problem. It had one before it passed, when it was kept afloat through gross special deals, and it has one still, when it is manifestly failing to live up to the president’s salesmanship on its behalf. There’s a reason that usually we don’t pass major social changes lacking popular support on party-line votes — it is a formula for conflict rather than consensus.

Having done the deed, Democrats now expect Republicans to salute smartly, accept “the law of the land” and suggest minor improvements that Democrats will, in their wisdom, decide whether or not to adopt.

In other words, they recommend the acquiescence of surrender.

If this were a consistent principle rather than opportunistic advice, Democrats would have been content to leave “don’t ask, don’t tell” in place and never would have agitated to repeal the Bush tax cuts, out of deference to duly constituted policy and law.

Nearly four years after ObamaCare passed, the coalition against it has expanded, not shrunk. The unions are now excoriating the law in terms that once would have been reserved for Republican floor speeches. In his filibuster, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz repeatedly quoted a letter from Teamsters leader Jim Hoffa attacking ObamaCare as a clear and present threat to the middle class. When House Republicans voted to delay the individual mandate a few weeks ago, 35 Democrats joined them; Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator from West Virginia, announced his support for a delay just last week.

Pew Research has found disapproval of the health-care law at an all-time high in its polling. CNN’s latest survey has disapproval at 57 percent and approval at 38. Health care, a core Democratic strength for decades, is becoming a liability. A New York Times poll found that more people disapprove of President Barack Obama on health care than approve by a 54-to-40 margin. Trust for Republicans and Democrats on health care is about even, according to the Pew poll.

The problems with the health law are invariably described by the president and his allies as “glitches,” or harmless technical snafus that no one should worry about. But the law suffers from basic design flaws beyond the question of whether the Obama administration can get its software to work. It depends on young, healthy people buying insurance even as it reduces their incentive to do so; it encourages employers to dump workers off their current insurance; it suppresses full-time work, through the employer mandate; in 10 years, the law still leaves 30 million people uninsured.

Since: Jun 13

Hilliard, OH

#2 Oct 1, 2013
None of this makes for a stable, widely accepted new dispensation in American health care. On the right, ironically enough, it is Cruz and his band of fellow defunders who are the defeatists on the law’s medium-term prospects. They argue that unless it is stopped before Jan. 1, when subsidies begin to flow through the exchanges, it will be an unalterable part of the American landscape.

But at first only about 2 percent of people will receive subsidies, which are funneled through insurers rather than given to individuals directly. The subsidies themselves shouldn’t be enough to save ObamaCare if it is failing.

The law’s fate over the longer term matters because it is almost certain to survive the immediate confrontations over the so-called continued resolution and the debt ceiling. It will be determined over the course of the next two elections, when Republicans will continue to pound away — rightly — over the sighs of annoyed impatience of the left and the media. Resistance is not futile.
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Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#3 Oct 1, 2013
Rage on, Nate. Rage on!

Obamacare is going to result in a copy/pastravaganza such as Topix has never seen before. You're gonna need a bigger mouse!
hey hey black Albert

Columbus, OH

#4 Oct 1, 2013
Keep it simple. Does a nation want its health care industry defined by whites who put men on the moon or on groids who figger how to put a plate in their lips?

Since: Jun 13

Hilliard, OH

#5 Oct 1, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
Rage on, Nate. Rage on!
Obamacare is going to result in a copy/pastravaganza such as Topix has never seen before. You're gonna need a bigger mouse!
Obamacare is already on its deathbed, wee man.
Neutral Party

Evansville, IN

#6 Oct 1, 2013
What a shocker! Despite not willing to talk, negotiate or even acknowledge the ability to make a deal the Democrats blame the Republicans.

Shut er down!!!!
Neutral Party

Evansville, IN

#7 Oct 1, 2013
If the Libs could only stand on their record of achievement.

Fewer Jobs...Staggering Debt...No Longer a World Power...and now no Govt!

No work, boys!
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#8 Oct 1, 2013
I shudder to think what's going to happen now that the government is closed and the EPA has to suspend its war on coal. Will the planet survive?
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#9 Oct 2, 2013
I agree! shut 'er down.
The libs have accomplished a lot. They turned a superpower into a Kenyan type thirder!
The Russians and Chinese gotta love Obomberboy.

Since: Jan 12

Columbus, OH

#10 Oct 2, 2013
Don't worry, Nate. As soon as your employer realizes the savings they'll keep by dropping your coverage, Topix won't be the only site you'll cruise. You too will get a little plastic card with the seal of the US government stamped on it. Haha.

Since: Sep 08

Neon City Oh.

#11 Oct 2, 2013
Dems won the presidential vote by 5 million
Won the Senate vote by 7 nillion,
Won the House vote by 1.4 million.

Republicans, we're in charge.

Since: Jun 13

Hilliard, OH

#12 Oct 2, 2013
WDRussell wrote:
Dems won the presidential vote by 5 million
Won the Senate vote by 7 nillion,
Won the House vote by 1.4 million.
Republicans, we're in charge.
You don't seem to understand how the House is elected, booner. You sure don't know where all spending originates.

Since: Jun 13

Hilliard, OH

#13 Oct 2, 2013
WISE AMERICAN wrote:
Don't worry, Nate. As soon as your employer realizes the savings they'll keep by dropping your coverage, Topix won't be the only site you'll cruise. You too will get a little plastic card with the seal of the US government stamped on it. Haha.
Companies like mine use health care as an incentive, Stymie. That's something you wouldn't understand.
Neutral Party

Evansville, IN

#14 Oct 2, 2013
WDRussell wrote:
Dems won the presidential vote by 5 million
Won the Senate vote by 7 nillion,
Won the House vote by 1.4 million.
Republicans, we're in charge.
Huh?

Can someone please give this guy a civics lesson.
Neutral Party

Evansville, IN

#15 Oct 2, 2013
With the govt shutdown the republicans have more power than first thought. I guess we do have a govt after all.

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