The unraveling of ObamaCare has been rapid, though not unexpected for those of us who have been warning about this for years. You know it's bad when you have the liberal Obama-Mania media, Democrats AND unions pointing to the failures of ObamaCare.
Let's start with the Obama-Mania media. Just this week we've had The New York Times and the Washington Post publishing stories highlighting how small businesses will have a difficult time coping with ObamaCare. This is nothing new to you and I, who have been warning about the effects of ObamaCare on all businesses, including small businesses, since before the bill even passed. But I guess it is better late than never that even the liberal media is forced to cover how this will impact American business owners. In fact, according to a new study from the International Franchise Association, “Over one-third of the 9.1 million full-time jobs among America's diverse business franchises could be cut back or eliminated by Obamacare as small businesses struggle to maintain profitability while coughing up money to pay for Washington-mandated health care coverage.” That's over 3 million full-time workers who could be impacted. Just a few weeks ago, the Obama administration was warning us of apocalyptic doom if we passed sequestration, which they (wrongly) estimated would cut 750,000 jobs. I wonder why the administration is suddenly silent about the potential loss of 3.2 million jobs?
Then we have Democrats who now suddenly feel the freedom to complain about parts of ObamaCare that they don't like, after many of them were complicit in passing the bill itself. The Politico noted last week, “Democrats are slowly becoming more vocal about small parts of the law that they want changed or eliminated — device taxes, a Medicare board, even kids’ dental coverage, to name a few.” Last night, the Senate voted on a non-binding resolution to amend the controversial medical devise tax, which many lawmakers (including Democrats) didn't like. But this was only a symbolic vote. The medical device tax will stay in place unless the whole law is repealed or they can find ways to replace the funds generated by the tax. This is absurd.
Finally we have the labor unions, which enthusiastically pushed for ObamaCare. Now we are getting reports like this one from the Wall Street Journal: “Union leaders say many of the law's requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive … A handful of unions say they already have examined whether it makes sense to shift workers off their current plans and onto private coverage subsidized by the government. But dropping insurance altogether would undermine a central point of joining a union, labor leaders say.” Gee, now they tell us.
What is absolutely clear is that ObamaCare is a disaster. What is less clear is what we are to do about it. Yours truly is making some headlines today for my discussion last night on Hannity with Ann Coulter. I maintain that Republicans in Washington need to be willing to go as far as to shut down our government in order to demand a repeal and replacement for ObamaCare. That's how strongly I feel about its negative impact on our country. However, Ann Coulter doesn't agree. She believes that this would hurt Republicans and their chances of winning elections in 2014 and 2016. She says that through elections, Republicans would then be able to make changes. Who do you think is right on how to handle ObamaCare?