Stop Blaming GOP for Tripping Up ObamaCare
Law is doing fine a job of that on its own: Jonah Goldberg
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2013 12:33 PM CDT
President Obama speaks at the Jacksonville Port in Jacksonville, Fla., last month.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – ObamaCare isn't exactly humming along seamlessly toward full implementation, and Republicans bent on derailing it are getting much of the blame. Sorry, writes Jonah Goldberg at USA Today, but it's the clumsy law itself at fault. Yes, House Republicans have voted against it dozens of times, but to little effect. Ask GOP activists fighting the law about their battle, and they'll be the first to admit failure. "In fact, the only person openly defying ObamaCare is Obama himself," writes Goldberg. His own department of Health and Human Services delayed a key mandate for employers, without any legal ground to do so.

Also, there's "something just plain weird about criticizing politicians for trying to get rid of a law that is, has been, and continues to be unpopular with Americans," writes Goldberg. He warns, however, that the GOP could overplay its hand by setting up a showdown on the debt ceiling over ObamaCare funding. "Forcing a debt crisis or government shutdown won't kill ObamaCare, but it will give Democrats a lifeline heading into the 2014 elections, which could have the perverse effect of delaying the day Republicans have the political clout to actually succeed in repealing this unworkable and unpopular law." Click for Goldberg's full column.

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ducdebrabant
Aug 12, 2013 11:13 AM CDT
The article is dishonest. The Republicans who are being accused of tripping up the law are the Republicans in statehouses and state legislatures who are refusing to implement it. That has nothing to do with the law being in some unspecified way "clumsy." It has entirely to do with partisan politics. And it isn't the unpopularity of the law that is driving the Republicans, it's the potential popularity of it (when you take it apart and ask respondents if they like the parts, they do). They don't want to implement it precisely because they believe it WILL be popular. Democrats will then get the ENTIRE credit for it, and the Republicans who demonized it will have some 'splaining to do.
Lefty_Libby
Aug 9, 2013 6:13 PM CDT
The first duty of government is to protect the life of its citizens. (14th Amendment, U.S. Constitution) Because of the ludicrous private health insurance scam in the USA, if you don't have access to insurance, you may very well not have access to the right to life. Drugster Limbaugh recently declared pre-existing insurance coverage as welfare (something that is provided by every civilized nation on the planet). Mr. Obesity must not have insurance, since he has pre-existing fatness, nicotine addiction, drug addiction, serial adultery (STDs?), and who knows what else. If he does have insurance, his poor health status is driving up the rates for everyone in his insurance pool. Translation: He gets welfare from those suckers.
cornelison
Aug 9, 2013 12:04 AM CDT
There's one problem with being against Obamacare. Most humans want to live and Obamacare will save lives. It's ironic that a party that claims that every fetus must come to term is also against life with Obamacare. If you want the old system when health insurance companies dump you for being sick, then you support death. You vote Republican. When a party cheers for death, that's what will happen to that party.