Shrewdly, his budget assumes the repeal of Obamacare — a huge political winner.
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C-SPAN’s BookTV aired an episode about a book entitled Why Obamacare is Wrong for America, written by Grace-Marie Turner and several other experts in health care policy. And an Amazon.com search for “Obamacare” brings up dozens of books about the law, with many of the best-selling titles including words like “survival,” “disaster,” and “takeover” while offering help to “decode” and “understand” a bill which nobody knew the contents of until after it was passed (another point that voters should be routinely reminded of) — and most still don’t.
Ads for these and similar books and information are everywhere on conservative-leaning talk radio and satellite radio stations. Advertising dollars are not spent on a whim and not spent without in-depth market research. The popularity of these books and the willingness of people to spend substantial amounts of money to market them show that people who are in touch with the thinking of many real Americans recognize the deep and abiding unpopularity of the only law commonly known by this president’s name.
Advocacy organization Restore America’s Voice is revving up an anti-Obamacare television ad campaign with a budget of up to $100,000 per week. The biggest spender on pro-Obamacare advertising is the Department of Health and Human Services, which has routinely thumbed its nose at Congressional inquiries into that use of millions of dollars of taxpayer money. Even big labor unions have now realized that Obamacare is bad news.
The leftist intelligentsia doesn’t understand, but Republicans, particularly of the Tea Party variety, in both the House and the Senate continue to push for the repeal of Obamacare. House members in particular would not aggressively court electoral defeat by repeatedly calling for and voting for a measure which they did not think would be popular, which is to say representative of the will of their constituents.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) gets it. Mitt Romney doesn’t. It’s time for more Republican politicians, conservative thinkers, and media pundits to get it: Obamacare remains an unpopular law with increasingly visible damaging impacts on all Americans, but especially on the middle class.
For Republicans, working against and voting against Obamacare, reminding the public of its costs — whether financial or in health care choice and quality — as Paul Ryan has wisely done with his 2013 budget, is both good policy and good politics.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?