Dan Holler

While proponents of Obamacare are becoming harder to find, those that remain seem to be living in an alternate universe. Over the weekend, the group Americans United for Change (yes, the same outfit that shadowed Heritage Action’s nine-city town hall tour last month) declared “the reason conservatives are hell bent on trying to stop this law now” is because “they’re afraid it’s going to work.”

I suppose it all depends on how you define the word “work.”

Thanks to Obamacare, the “doctor can’t see you now.” At least that is how the Los Angeles Times is relaying the impact of the law in California. According to new data, “major insurers in California have sharply limited the number of doctors and hospitals available to patients in the state's” Obamacare exchanges to “hold down premium.” The result is that “consumers could see long wait times, a scarcity of specialists and loss of a longtime doctor.”

On March 23, 2010, President Obama mocked opponents of his signature legislative achievement, saying, “I heard one of the Republican leaders say this was going to be Armageddon. Well, two months from now, six months from now, you can check it out.”

Nearly 42 months later, the American people are done checking it out. Obamacare’s popularity – a mere 39-percent in a recent CNN – is on the decline. And over the weekend, the negative headlines kept piling in:

  • WSB-TV (GA): Georgia Healthcare Company to Lay Off Over 100 Because of Obamacare
  • Washington Free Beacon: Medicare Cuts, Obamacare Prompt Hospital Layoffs
  • USA Today: Health law offers quandary for youths
  • Forbes: Obama To Labor Unions With Multi-Employer Health Plans: Drop Dead

Still, the Obama-aligned Americans United for Change claims, “for every poll showing Obamacare generally struggling in approval, there’s two polls showing strong support for the individual elements.”

Obamacare was never about “individual elements,” though. It was about how this mandate worked with that regulation and how the regulation affected some other tax. After signing the bill, President Obama alluded to the difficulty saying, “I’m signing into law will take several years to implement fully, but that’s because this is a difficult, complex issue.”

One of the reasons for the complexity is the implementation of the Obamacare exchanges, which open for enrollment on October 1. On Fox News Sunday, Britt Hume articulated the danger of the exchanges:


Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.