In the aftermath of the passage of Obamacare, the polls have not shifted in favor of the big-government program as the bill’s supporters promised they would. We have learned how the legislation will increase the cost of individual premiums, add to the paperwork burden of small business, cause over half of employers relinquish their health care plans, force employers to cut jobs, create longer waits in emergency rooms, hurt the earnings of corporations and just plain increase health care costs.
No wonder Democrats aren’t running on what they billed as their signature achievement of the current Congress. I mean, you’d think that if the “reform” they’ve been itching for for generations was such a boon for the American people, they’d make it rather than those evil, horrible, no good, very bad Republicans the theme of their fall campaigns.
Say you’re a Democratic member of Congress. You proudly cast your vote for Obamacare, you cheered when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed it as the achievement of a generation and you scoffed at Republicans who vowed to repeal it. Now you’re running for re-election, and a voter asks: What is the most important thing you’ve done in the last two years?
The answer should be easy. In passing the national health care bill, you accomplished something your party dreamed of for decades. It was your most important vote, and now is the time to take credit for it.
Except it’s not.
No wonder, York adds, the incumbent “party is in retreat. The public’s disapproval of Obamacare hasn’t changed in the last five months” and many Democrats “admit hat Obamacare won’t cut costs or reduce deficits, they open themselves up to a more serious charge: they spent a year working on something that will actually cost jobs and make things worse.
Well, it looked good on paper. And in the dreams of those who see government intervention as the answer to every problem.