A Worried President Obama
There is wide-spread, bipartisan support to delay the implementation of Obamacare. Many conservatives see the delay as a first step towards abolishing it altogether. Their concern is that once Obamacare is in effect, it will be with us forever. This however, is the wrong tactic. Conservatives should support the immediate implementation of Obamacare and allow the skyrocketing insurance premiums, website fiascos, and Medicare cuts to speak for themselves.
Obama himself is so concerned about these upcoming Congressional elections that he delayed the employer mandate initiative for at least six months. I am shocked that Republican Congressional members are working to help the President with this delay.
Poll numbers show how widespread opposition to Obamacare. A CNN poll last month reported 57% opposition to the bill and just 39% in favor of it. Labor Unions and the AFL-CIO, which once supported President Obama, are opposed to the bill. Even a writer of the bill, Democrat Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Max Baucus, admits that Obamacare is a “huge train wreck”.
Given the bipartisan concerns over Obamacare, this is the time for Republicans to unite and force this implementation that the Democrats wanted so badly in the first place. President Obama is afraid that with full implementation, there will be massive blowback against the Democrats who supported the bill. He is right to be concerned. Let Obamacare be implemented and let the voters decide.
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Despite strong opposition to Obamacare, Gov. Rick Scott (R) from Florida, agreed to accept Medicaid coverage for residents of the 4th largest state. Gov. Scott was not alone is his reversal on this policy. He is joined by Gov. Brewer of Arizona, a strong conservative and out spoken critic of the Affordable Care Act. Ohio’s Republican Gov., John Kasich said his state would also expand Medicaid. Not as an endorsement of the Affordable Care Act, but as a practical decision for the physical and financial health of his citizens. The main reason for the change in policy is that since Florida taxpayers are contributing extra funds to Obamacare, those citizens should at least see that money returned to their state.
Despite the Republican stance that Obamacare is going to be detrimental to our country, the fact is that voters spoke at the polls when they failed to elect Mitt Romney. In 2009, as a private citizen and head of the Columbia/HCA hospital chain, then Gov. Scott founded the Conservatives for Patients’ Rights to oppose Obamacare. Gov. Scott funded this with his own money. Despite Scott’s strong feelings against Obamacare, his common-sense solution will buy time to change the system. The cost of the 4 million uninsured Florida residents is now able to be offset.
The important fact to remember about Gov. Scott and the other governors is that their low opinion of Obamacare has not changed, their plan for dismantling it has.
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