Almost everything about Obamacare has been a lie. Let's just start with the gloating Democrats' assertion that the court has validated their effort to make quality health care affordable for every American.
Contrary to Obama's misrepresentations, Obamacare will bend the cost curve up, not down, and will do so significantly; the Congressional Budget Office has already told us that it will cost almost double what Obama promised. The law's other main ostensible purpose -- to increase access -- is another sham.
There is a world of difference between increasing the number of people who have insurance coverage and increasing their actual access to quality medical care, and it's care that we should be concerned about, not insurance. The only way health care costs under a socialized system can be contained at all is by rationing. This is the history of every other socialized health care system in the world. It is the history of Medicare. It is why Obamacare creates an egregious 15-member bureaucratic board -- the Independent Payment Advisory Board -- that will make decisions as to the costs of treatments. As a necessary consequence, the patients' choices of and access to various treatments will both be severely diminished under Obamacare.
The quality of health care will also diminish. Doctors are already planning to leave the medical profession in droves. They are advising their family and friends not to choose the profession. People are not being allowed to keep their plans as Obama cynically promised. The Willis survey reports that only 30 percent of employers will keep their same plans under Obamacare.
The anxiety brought on by Obamacare -- including that brought on by the tsunami of additional federal rules, regulations and taxes it will impose on small businesses -- is having a crippling effect on job creation in this country. Seventy-four percent of small businesses say they are not expanding because of Obamacare.
The American people overwhelmingly oppose this federal power grab, which is why Mitt Romney and the Republican Party had better read their cue cards and understand that now is not the time for fecklessness. It is the time to draw clear contrasts between the Republican vision and the Obama record.
I believe that this ruling by the court will reinvigorate the tea party movement in a way that nothing else could have and, provided Republicans don't blow it by refusing to take the gloves off in the campaign, could help lead to a GOP landslide in November.
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