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  • Obamacare: The Battle Intensifies

    Obamacare is not here to stay. Despite the 2012 election, the assumption that the health care law will stay on course is another example of the left’s wishful thinking.

    Of course, efforts for a complete repeal will likely face the same fate as efforts in the last Congress did. But there are ample reasons, as well as opportunities, to change the course of this law.

    Public opinion has not changed. Exit polls show that more Americans still want the law repealed in full or in part. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) was absolutely right when she famously remarked in 2010 that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” With continuing revelations of increasing costs, higher taxes, and a flood of directives from Washington bureaucrats, the polls have since shown that the American people still do not like the law.

    There is still so much more to know—and not like. Americans know that this law was enacted in haste and that critical details are still to be decided and enforced. What is a qualified health plan? What will be in the essential benefit package? How will the employer and individual mandate be implemented? The list goes on.

    The law is already becoming a managerial nightmare, as Administration officials have missed deadline after deadline, failing to provide crucial information—doubtlessly to avoid further political fallout from exposing their controversial plans, such as the contraception mandate undermining religious freedom, or because overhauling one-sixth of the economy is riddled with innumerable unintended consequences that are nearly impossible to avoid.

    As these regulatory details emerge, they will generate even more public controversy and create even more practical obstacles for implementation. Naturally, these instances will provide ample opportunities for legislative remedial action.

    Bipartisan opposition to the law will continue. While the House vote earlier this year pressured five Democrats to support full repeal, more significant were the various piecemeal repeal bills that gained bipartisan support. Most notable, repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the unelected group of experts in charge of cutting future Medicare payments, passed the House and had more than 234 cosponsors—Republicans and Democrats. These efforts will likely gain more attention in the future, as will efforts to weaken other elements of the law. House majority leader Eric Cantor (R–VA) has already vowed a vote on the IPAB repeal again.

    The states can and will have their say. Two of the largest elements of the health care law—the massive Medicaid expansion and the costly subsidies scheme funneled through government exchanges—are heavily dependent on state compliance. But the June Supreme Court decision reaffirmed that states are not at the mercy of the federal government.

    Many state officials realize that there is little upside to joining forces with Washington in implementing this disastrous endeavor, thus further eroding the long-term viability of Obamacare.

    Looming deficits bring health care back to the forefront. Entitlements are the major drivers in the country’s mounting fiscal crisis, and health care entitlements top that list. The most obvious place to start is with Obamacare. Since its core benefits are not yet in place, it is the easiest of all the federal entitlements to change. Moreover, reforming Medicare and Medicaid will be a true sign of whether Congress and the Administration are serious about fixing our fiscal future.

    Major lawsuits are moving ahead. The recent Supreme Court decision was not the only lawsuit against Obamacare. There are a number of lawsuits making their way through the federal courts. The anti-conscience mandate requiring virtually all employers to finance abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception undercuts religious freedom. Today, there are already 40 suits representing more than 100 plaintiffs against it. An Oklahoma lawsuit raises a new legal question on the employer and individual penalties. More suits will certainly follow as more of the law is exposed.

    Finally, there is an excellent opportunity to beat back Obamacare by advancing a more desirable alternative. Patient-centered, market-based reforms are the best antidote to Obamacare’s top-down, government-run scheme. The Heritage Foundation’s Saving the American Dream plan offers such a path.

    If the election had turned out differently, it would have been easier to repeal Obamacare. But that does not mean that Obamacare is here to stay. To the contrary, the dismantling of Obamacare has just begun. The only difference is that this dismantling will now be a more protracted and messy process.

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    14 Responses to Obamacare: The Battle Intensifies

    1. Bobbie says:

      When I heard the President say "I don't want my daughters punished with a baby" said to me he has no respect for the female reproductive system, sending a message to the female gender and the male gender that the reproductive system is punishment with absolutely no mention, no consideration to the responsibility of the person that impregnates. Exactly what the men behind sharia law believe. Whatever happens to the woman is the woman's fault with further punishment. I don't like this kind of talk coming out of the mouths of people who have authority, creating what those in authority call "health care." Reproductive rights defined by Obama's government controlled care puts full control in government hands. Open your eyes, ladies!!!! If you want to make your own choices stay far away from government influence, manipulation, dependency and hands. Read history books and see how women and or the reproductive systems are treated by government in control! Republicans respect the right to decide for ourselves without mention because it's a no brainer that shouldn't be made into political issues. But it took a democrat man and other men to address the world to tell you you have a right to make your own choices keeping the responsibility factor out totally! Stop giving attention to the ones that want to control you.

      • kim says:

        I agree and when I heard him say that I thought O my lord " he 's telling his kids its okay to get knocked up and then get rid of it? . What a lousy father what kind of father would embarrass his girls like that?. They may grow up not wanting to get knocked up and get educated and have a productive life . What an insult not only to his children but to women in general. I don't want any govt telling my grown daughter how to deal with her body.That is between her and God to decide. She is old enough to take care of her choices and what right has the govt expect the Taxpayers to pay for it. When does responsibility come in?. Its about time these Adult women take responsibility for their own choices and leave the govt out of it. .I don't think the govt has any right to tell a woman anything.Jeez under this incumbent he wants full control of everyone of us and the ignorant Americans who voted him just allowed him to do it.Well I'll say Oh hell no he can't control me

    2. linda says:

      What are your thoughts on what John Boehner just said: "Obamacare is law of the land." Please keep fighting against this.

    3. Saray says:

      My mom is already getting medicines that she needs denied because medicare doesn't want to pay for them .
      She got an allergic reaction to a medicine which almost killed her (and she needs), but they can't give her another one because they are all too expensive . She had never been denied a medicine before . And her visits to the doctor which were every 2 months because she has blood clots and they have to be checking her blood were change to 6 months. And it begins…..

      • becky says:

        One thing no one is mentioning is that medical care to the young and the elderly is totally going to be stopped. If you don't work (unless you're an illegal alien, ie) you will not get the highly rationed care. Think the 1800's. This is where we are quickly headed.

    4. Mary says:

      Great article! I hope you're right Nina!

      We need to keep fighting against Obamacare. It's just too heavy-handed.

    5. Captain America says:

      This is a truly ugly beast. Let's pull it's teeth out America.

    6. JIm Delaney says:

      State nullification/interposition is THE quickest solution to this Progressive, aka neo-Marxist, nightmare. Three States have already done so. More will follow. IF there's a silver lining to the Obamacare horror, it is that the States are finally reasserting their 10th Amendment powers and restoring the balance of powers essential to a republican form of government.

    7. Tonie Leeds says:

      I wish I knew about states nullification /interposition and how to go about bringing up the subject to the right people… Anyone know how to go about this ? This may be our only recourse… We must be careful not to mess up the process and try to make our voices heard. I will do what I can. But I must know where I am going first

    8. Protect America says:

      ACA (Obamacare) was forced upon our Country with Obama getting credit for saying "I built that" and is riddled with flaws, economy killing regulations, and it's a well known fact that most of Americans don't think its right for us. As a self employed independent contractor, this kills my livelihood, as I can't afford to support my family while paying for ACA. We were lied to when we were told that it wouldn't affect the relationships with our current primary care physicians. Now we learn more that the insurance must be "obamacare approved" insurance. I can't afford the penalty for not having insurance either. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, we have a law that was placed before the ACA was passed , that in our "Right to Work State" we are not required to have health insurance. Our Commonwealth filed a law suit immediately after it passed, not a monetary suit, but one that declares it unconstitutional.

      We as a Nation need to stand up for our rights and fight against this monster that hides under the name of "Healthcare Reform", when in fact it will destroy us. We are already facing monetary collapse, piling personal debts, high gas and food prices, higher taxes at the beginning of 2013, and the first thing that should go to help rebuild our economy is the mistake that is "Obamacare". America, stand up, stand proud, and defend our beloved country from this miserable beast. We must stop it before it stops us!

    9. a realist says:

      I will refuse to ever buy health insurance. The whole concept of needing insurance for a basic civil service is outrageous. Yes, we are all going to need doctors at some point or another, but that same argument would also rationalize the need of buying 'crime' or 'fire' insurance. The Supreme Court ruled the ACA as a tax, so, why the hell are our taxes being siphoned through private corporations? The Medical-Industrial Complex has successfully achieved the conscription of 320million people to their services.

    10. Obamacare supporters are in denial of the Crippeling Economic Mess this Mandate will put on the shoulders of every house-hold income. If America is suffering with less paycheck now they have yet to experience Obamacare costs. Now that the Government's Hands have taken the money from our pockets all we have left is "Le' Miserabe" conditions.

    11. donjusko says:

      I like the Liberty Crier's articles but they won't let me sign any of them like "Nullify Obamacare" unless I join Facebook. Who's side are they on anyway. So I came here to vent. I'm for Hawaii getting out of this Socialist Union.

    12. guest says:

      just means all employees will get thier hours cut to 25 hours a week. so they will have to work 2 jobs if not 3

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