The president’s health care law “isn’t wonderful,” said Speaker Boehner on the House floor yesterday. “It’s a train wreck. You know it. I know it. The American people know it. Even the president knows it.”
The Speaker’s right – a lot of people know the president’s health care law isn’t “wonderful,” “on track,” or “fabulous” at all, and they haven’t been shy about saying it. So in the spirit of fairness and giving all Americans the same relief from ObamaCare that the president wants to give to big businesses, here’s a look at what people (including his own administration) think about his health care law …
…Democrats who supported the law:
“We could have a real disaster on our hands,” said the California Insurance Commissioner – a Democrat. Democratic lawmakers are “nervous” and “concerned,” and fear there will be too much “confusion” because it’s so “complex.” Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) famously said it’s headed for a “huge train wreck.”
…Labor unions (who also supported it):
Union leaders are “frustrated and angry” about the president’s health care law. “[T]hree of the nation’s largest unions” warn ObamaCare will “shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.” They say their support for the law “has come back to haunt us.”
…Obama administration (their law):
The Obama administration has “known for months” that ObamaCare implementation “wouldn’t work.” The White House acknowledged it’s bad for our economy when it unilaterally announced that it would delay the mandate on employers (even though it opposes giving the same relief to everyone else). And others in the administration worry it could be a “third-world experience.”
…The American people (never liked it):
A majority of the American people still wants the health care law repealed. It turns out, “Americans don’t like being told they have to get insurance or face a penalty,” says Politico -- in fact, just 12 percent of Americans say they support the individual mandate. And the coming rate shock – individuals in Ohio could pay nearly $200 more every month, for example – can’t help its reputation either.
…Small businesses (terrified by it):
The Washington Examiner said 74 percent of small businesses will have to either cut hours or cut jobs because of the health care law, and 61 percent have no plans to hire next year. Another survey showed 82 percent of manufacturers cite ObamaCare as a top concern. The Washington Post said the law “scares the daylights” out of small business owners.
ObamaCare is a complicated mess that’s driving up costs, threatening wages and jobs, and empowering the IRS -- and it’s “wide open to fraud.” The least we can do is give families the same protection that the president wants to give to big businesses. As Speaker Boehner said, it’s just basic fairness.