But once in power, Obama reversed his position and pursued a corrupt bargain with the big insurance companies, who basically told Congress and the Obama administration that they would go along with the law’s expensive new regulations as long as the government forced everyone to buy their (even more expensive) product.
That corrupt bargain represents everything that’s wrong with Washington. Instead of helping the uninsured afford insurance by making it less expensive, the mandate’s penalty tax punishes them. They still don’t have insurance, but now are poorer because of the tax.
Yet, even as Obama granted a delay in the law’s employer mandate, providing relief to the largest and most influential corporations, the unfair individual mandate is still set to take effect on January 1 – even though a July poll found that just 12 percent of Americans now support its immediate implementation.Congress can fix this situation by insisting that any fiscal deal include repeal of the individual mandate. If the health care law’s supporters are right about the law’s many merits, then they shouldn’t need to force people to buy into it. And taxpayers can pocket $400 billion in deficit reduction at the same time.
Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.
American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.
Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.
Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.
Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.