After cataloging the gauntlet that the PPACA must run over the next two years, Shikha Dalmia remarks:
No doubt Democrats are going to berate Republicans as obstructionists. President Obama lectured Republicans to “stop hating all the time” after they voted this week to challenge the legality of his executive actions in court.
But the reality is that unless public opinion swings dramatically in Obamacare’s favor, Republicans have no skin in the game and no reason to cooperate.
All of this means that Halbig was just the beginning. For the foreseeable future, the country will remain embroiled in Obamacare battles—instead of actually fixing the myriad problems with American health care.
What I think that many supporters of the PPACA miss is that the unpopularity of the PPACA was designed in from the start. The number of people that it hurts was designed to outnumber of people it helps. Presumably, the idea was that it would hurt the people it hurt only a little and it would help the people it helped a lot. I don’t think that’s quite worked out as expected. For whatever reason the president and Congressional leaders thought that the law would be more popular than it has turned out to be and that its popularity would grow in the near term.
That hasn’t happened and if anything it has become less popular over time. The attitude now seems to be that public opinion is bound to turn around eventually. Un bel di.