This week is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding ObamaCare. Yet the law remains more unpopular than ever.
A Fox News poll released this week found that a record number of Americans want ObamaCare to be repealed entirely. The Fox News poll “finds that 58 percent of voters favor repealing all (39 percent) or some (19 percent).” That 39% who want full repeal is up 9% since March 2013. A few other important things to point out in this poll is that 62% of independent voters want at least some of ObamaCare repealed. Overall, the number of Americans who are worried about ObamaCare has risen to 66%, a 15% increase since July 2012.
This concern about ObamaCare is not isolated to tea partiers or conservatives or even mainstream America. One of the architects of the bill itself, Democrat Senator Max Baucus, recently referred to ObamaCare implementation as a “train wreck.” An ObamaCare official set the implementation bar really high by stating back in March, “Let's just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” Just this week we had a top administration aide say that he would be “surprised” if ObamaCare launched perfectly. This week the Politico reported that Congressional Democrats are complaining to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebilius that Americans (particularly seniors) are very confused about ObamaCare.
So what is the Obama administration's reaction or solution? A multi-million dollar sales pitch involving celebrity athletes and Hollywood elites! As Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard says, it's “lipstick on the ObamaCare pig.” The Obama administration is actively trying to recruit ObamaCare salesmen from the NBA, NFL and Hollywood in order to carry water for the administration. Meanwhile, at least when it comes to Hollywood, the very same people who supported ObamaCare and are now being recruited to promote it, are complaining about how difficult it will be to implement! Here's just part of a report that came out this week from the Hollywood Reporter:
Three letters have been giving the payroll-services industry fits for several months now: ACA. That's the semi-acronym for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, and it's up to the payroll industry -- which cuts checks to production workers and offers related financial services to TV and film studios -- to help educate its clients on the rules before a good portion of the law kicks in Jan. 1.
"It's a morass of regulations and requirements, and everyone's trying to figure out what their exposure is," says Eric Belcher, president and CEO of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services. Adds Mark Goldstein, CEO of Entertainment Partners, which has held 16 seminars to help studios understand ACA: "It's going to be a very big deal."
Determining the exact nature of the new laws has been difficult, given that many ACA terms have yet to be worked out. Hollywood productions, for instance, might find it irksome simply trying to categorize employees as full- or part-time, seasonal or variable, and it's important that they get the classifications right lest they face hefty fines. "ACA is thousands of pages, and it wasn't written with this industry in mind," says Belcher.
Hollywood is not alone in its struggle to implement ObamaCare! Millions of businesses and individuals are being affected by the law. It's just hypocritical that the industry promoting it is simultaneously struggling to navigate it.
Hollywood is not alone in its apparent hypocrisy. This week we also learned that Massachusetts – the healthcare model that inspired ObamaCare – is seeking waivers for ObamaCare provisions that it doesn't feel comports with its state's best interests. Unions, which were once huge supporters of ObamaCare, have also turned against the legislation they worked so hard to get passed.