published Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Unhappy ObamaCare anniversary

A year ago today, President Barack Obama signed ObamaCare into law.

Democrats in Congress had passed the bill after managing to hide its true impact. As then-Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said prior to the vote, “[W]e have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

It’s worth noting that Pelosi’s party is now in the minority in the House, largely because of public disapproval of ObamaCare. And what did we “find out” about the new law?

Well, its provisions are so burdensome that the administration has had to exempt the health plans offered by more than 1,000 employers and labor unions from the requirements of ObamaCare. Those employers and organizations, including some that strongly supported the law, simply were not going to be able to meet all its costs and mandates.

The 1,000-plus exempted plans cover about 2.6 million Americans. But there is no assurance that hundreds of millions of other Americans will be exempted from the law’s rule that they purchase Washington-approved medical insurance.

Meanwhile, federal courts have issued divided rulings on whether ObamaCare is constitutional. So it is bound to wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court, which may overturn it.

And while other big federal programs gain grudging acceptance, a year after ObamaCare became law it is still hugely unpopular.

Among likely voters, 53 percent in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll at least somewhat favor repealing ObamaCare, compared with only 42 percent who oppose repeal. And citing a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, The New York Times reported that current public views of the law are actually “slightly more negative than when it was passed.”

It is no wonder most states are suing to keep ObamaCare from taking effect. The states and the American people realize what the president and Democrats in Congress apparently do not: that Obama-Care was an unaffordable, unconstitutional mistake.

If Congress will not repeal it, the Supreme Court should overturn it.

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