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Monday, September 30, 2013

Defunding Obamacare, Really?

Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz spent 21 hours drawing national attention to Obamacare.  His goal was to get his colleagues in the Senate to defund the Affordable Care Act.  Really? You would think that he would realize what an impossible task he had at hand with the Democrats in control of the Senate and the White House.  But, if you really think about it, what were his real motivations?  

In my opinion, Sen. Cruz was getting a leg up on the run for the White House in 2016 over Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, et al by bringing himself into the national spotlight.  Over the weekend and into today, the game has turned to shutting down the government effective at midnight tonight into this game of chicken between the GOP on Capitol Hill, the Democrats and the President.  To what end?  With all of the waivers and exemptions issued to date, no one is really sure what the insurance side of Obamacare is going to really look like.  (Actually, the reform side has its merits.)  

Public opinion has turned, with the majority of Americans opposed to Obamacare, and the Administration has done an abysmal job of selling it to the American people.   If it is as bad as the GOP claims, let it be implemented and see what happens.  Anticipating a congressional staff exodus, everyone in Congress was exempted from the program.  How is the business community supposed to embrace the legislation if Congress applies a double standard and exempts their staff and everyone else on Capitol Hill?  

The bottom line is that in its current form the new law is unaffordable and the focus of the opposition should be bringing attention to the many perils of Obamacare.  The President should be doing a much better job of selling it and sticking with what he said from the onset of the bill's passage.  Too much flip-flopping has occurred on the part of the Administration bringing affordability and the many positive aspects of the bill into question.

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