According to CBS News, President Obama told lawmakers an individual mandate “was an essential part of improving the nation's health care system.” The mandate became central to the health care law rushed through the Democratic-controlled Congress. And now, in front of the Supreme Court, “the administration is arguing that without the mandate” other provisions of the law simply “won't work.”
Unfortunately for the president, ObamaCare and the individual mandate at its core are both wildly unpopular with the American people who fear the law will increase costs and destroy jobs:
- “Two-thirds of Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn some or all of the health care law ... [A] considerable majority agree with the Republicans’ contention that many businesses won’t be able to afford to provide coverage to employees and so will be forced to cut jobs.” (New York Times, 3/27/12)
- “Americans remain overwhelmingly against requiring individuals to purchase health insurance ... The poll found sweeping opposition to the so-called individual mandate… Even Democrats, by a 48 percent to 44 percent plurality, said they opposed a mandate. Two-thirds of independents rejected the idea…” (National Journal, 3/27/12)
- “[M]ost Americans say they worry that the law will increase their health expenses, and a steady majority say they are somewhat or very concerned that it will limit their access to treatment.” (New York Times, 3/27/12)
- “The public has never liked the idea that the health law will require Americans to buy insurance starting in 2014. Even Obama opposed the mandate during his presidential run.” (Politico, 3/27/12)
As Speaker John Boehner said today, excessive government regulations in bureaucratic laws “like ObamaCare are getting in the way of small business job creation.” Republicans made a pledge to scrap the health care law and create a better environment for private-sector job growth, and the House has voted repeatedly to repeal, defund, and dismantle parts of it.