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Obamacare won’t go away on its own

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  • To be rid of Obamacare, the GOP will have to do more than just wait for it to go away.

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  • The early implementation of Obamacare isn't going well, with every week bringing fresh embarrassing news.

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  • There are reasons for thinking that the Obamacare law is too badly conceived ever to work well.

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Conservatives and Republicans in Washington - activists, strategists, politicians - are increasingly embracing a theory about Obamacare: It's going to collapse of its own weight, and its failure could yield a sharp right turn in the 2014 and 2016 elections. That theory is probably wrong, and dangerously so. To be rid of Obamacare, Republicans will have to do more than just wait for it to go away - and more than they have done so far.

You can see why the theory has caught on. The early implementation of Obamacare is not going well, with every week bringing fresh news embarrassing to the law's proponents: Insurers are raising premiums, sometimes dramatically; the administration has had to announce that it will miss statutory deadlines; companies are planning to scale back coverage or even drop it completely. Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who did as much to shape the law as any other person, said that implementation could be a "train wreck" and then said he would not run for reelection next year. And there are reasons for thinking that the law is too badly conceived ever to work well.

This article originally appeared in the June 17 issue of National Review. The full text of this article is available on National Review's website.

 

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Ramesh
Ponnuru
  • A senior editor for National Review, where he has covered national politics and public policy for 18 years, Ponnuru is also a columnist for Bloomberg View. A prolific writer, he is the author of a monograph about Japanese industrial policy and a book about American politics and the sanctity of human life. At AEI, Ponnuru examines the future of conservatism, with particular attention to health care, economic policy, and constitutionalism.


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    • "The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life," Regnery Publishing, 2006



    • "The Mystery of Japanese Growth," AEI Press, 1995



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