Last year, the American people were crossing the street, minding our own business, when the Democrats came speeding down the road in a souped-up jalopy. They turned the corner on two wheels and plowed right into us. After they mowed us down, they fled the scene of the accident, evading the authorities in an egregious hit and run.
This is the brief, unhappy history of ObamaCare. So far.
During his interview with President Obama on Sunday, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly attempted to ask him what he’s prepared to do if his signature “achievement” is held unconstitutional and falls apart:
OBAMA: I think in this country, there’s no reason why, if you get sick you should go bankrupt. The notion that that’s a radical principle, I don’t think the majority of people would agree with you.
O’REILLY: Then why do the majority people in the polls not support Obamacare?
OBAMA: Actually, I think it’s pretty evenly.
O’REILLY: It’s close.
OBAMA: It’s evenly.. [CROSSTALK]
O’REILLY: [The majority don’t support it.]
OBAMA: .divided, Bill.
Actually, opinion on ObamaCare isn’t evenly divided. The latest Rasmussen poll shows 58% favoring repeal. That number has been increasing over the past year. When the Dems rammed this through strictly on party lines and complete with dirty backroom deals, they told us that the more people saw of it, the more they’d like it. That’s turned out to be grossly untrue. It’s unpopularity has only grown. Why? Because it is an unprecedented expansion of government—with an enormous price tag that we can’t afford.
The assaults on ObamaCare are political and legal. Legally, the question of the individual mandate will be decided by the Supreme Court and will likely be held unconstitutional. Politically, Obama is now deep in the muck. Check out this passage from a story on today’s Politico:
“Politico is reporting that a handful of moderate Senate Democrats are looking for ways to roll back the highly contentious individual mandate - the pillar of President Barack Obama’s health care law - a sign that red-state senators are prepared to assert their independence ahead of the 2012 elections. They haven’t decided whether to propose legislation, but any effort by moderate Democrats that takes aim at the individual mandate could embarrass Obama and embolden Republicans who are still maneuvering to take down the health care law. And it’s not just health care. The senators are prepared to break with the White House on a wide range of issues: embracing deeper spending cuts, scaling back business regulations and overhauling environmental rules. The moderates most likely to buck their party include Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jon Tester of Montana - all of whom are up for reelection in 2012 and represent states Obama lost in 2008.”
Well, now. Vulnerable Dems see the writing on the wall. If they don’t try to move against ObamaCare, they’ll be toast in November 2012. But recall that they all voted for it (with the exception of Manchin, who wasn’t in the Senate last year). So after inflicting this monstrosity on us, now they say, “whoops a daisy!” Sorry guys and gal: too little, too late.
Three interesting points about this small band of so-called moderates:
1. If they were the moderates they now claim they are, they never would have voted for it to begin with;
2. They’re going after the individual mandate—which is explosive, since as the administration itself said, the entire law can’t hold without it. If you rip it out, you rip out the law.
3. Obama is now running around claiming that he’s found the center and is a newly baptized moderate. If that’s true, then he should have NO problem accommodating the wishes of this group of Dems to roll back the centerpiece of ObamaCare. Right?
As we head into the 2012 election year, Obama is going to have an increasingly difficult time herding his Democrat cats on ObamaCare. The public hates it, the courts are ruling against it, and his own party is fleeing the scene of the accident.
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