Your View: Congress is learning Obamacare consequences

Aug. 21, 2013 @ 08:56 PM

Even President Obama admits that Obamacare is failing before it fully begins.  He doesn’t say so in words, but his actions betray his awareness that the signature achievement of his presidency is an albatross around the necks of Democrats that threatens to visit political plague upon their house in the 2014 midterm elections.
It wasn’t enough that full implementation of the law was timed to occur after Obama’s re-election in 2012.  Now he feels compelled to postpone some of the most disruptive aspects until yet another election has come and gone.
First the president delayed the business mandate until 2015 so fewer businesses will drop their employee health plans before the election. Then he postponed lower out-of-pocket expense caps to avoid the embarrassment of skyrocketing insurance premiums in an election year.  This selective enforcement of an economically destructive law may keep some people in the dark until it’s too late, but others are waking up to consequences they will face.
Members of Congress, for instance, realized back in June the mistake they made when they agreed to subject themselves to the same health care law they forced on the rest of us.  “We can’t afford it!” they cried. President Obama responded by arranging for the Office of Personnel Management to rule that members of Congress and their staffs will have 72 percent of their health insurance premiums paid by the same taxpayers who won’t be able to afford their own mandatory insurance.
Even the labor unions, who were among the most enthusiastic supporters of the law, are experiencing buyers’ remorse.
When Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act on a totally partisan vote, they demonstrated complete disregard of consequences the majority of Americans would face as a result. Now we know the president is fully aware of how the public is likely to react, but Obama still doesn’t care.

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