| March 23, 2011

Obamacare one year later

On the one-year anniversary of the enactment of Obamacare, conservatives are out in force detailing how the health "reform" law is no better today than it was one year ago -- and is probably worse now that we know what is actually in the bill.

Chris Jacobs at the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee is running a short series explaining how Obamacare is still a bad deal for senior citizens and small businesses.

The Heritage Foundation blogs this morning about how the law has harmed consumers, and has also compiled more than a year’s worth of research into a handy packet entitled The Case Against Obamacare.

The American Healthcare Education Coalition is out with a short statement pointing out how Obamacare has actually hindered rather than helped economic development.

The Independent Women’s Voice has launched an NCAA tournament-styled bracket where the onerous provisions and consequences of Obamacare go head-to-head for a shot at the glory (or infamy) of being named the single worst part of the reform law. Voting is currently taking place for the “Egregious Eight.” My money is on the individual mandate winning the whole thing.

Over at the Galen Institute, consumers are warned to beware of the “hype” as President Obama is sure to begin celebrating the “consumer protections” in the law.

Greg Scandlen at the Real Health Reform blog reports on a new Harris Interactive Survey that shows only 23 percent of Americans support the individual mandate one year later, while 50 percent oppose. The Weekly Standard points out that even the latest Democratically skewed Kaiser poll shows Obamacare overall is viewed favorably by only 40 percent of Americans, while 46 percent view the law unfavorably. And Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute has generated a chart showing that likely voters oppose Obamacare by more than 20 ponts.

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