The train's left the station

GOP should step aside and let the Obamacare train wreck-to-be go by

We have no earthly idea how she reached the conclusion. But in what appears to be a “news” story, Susan Page of USA Today somehow divines that Obamacare’s growing unpopularity is due to Republican opposition to it.

Page writes of “how difficult (Republicans) have made it for President Obama’s signature legislative achievement to succeed.”

It can’t possibly be that Obamacare is, in actuality, unpopular of its own accord. It has to be Republicans’ fault.

Not only that, but she ascribes to House Republicans, with no supporting evidence, the power to override both the U.S. Senate’s and the White House’s drumbeat of support for the law. In fact, in her view, apparently, Republicans in the House have managed to overcome not only the Democratic Senate and the entire Executive Branch, but also the vast majority of the so-called mainstream media.

Really? Republicans in one chamber of Congress are that influential? No, not really.

Obamacare has never been particularly popular. We trust it will become more suspect in the public’s eyes as its effects – vastly higher insurance premiums, fewer full-time jobs, economic stagnation – continue to roll out.

Even the unions that helped push it are crying out for protection from it. How did House Republicans manage to accomplish that? They’re geniuses!

The truth is, people are worried and, at the very least, totally confounded by what the new law might mean for them: 68 percent express concern in one poll. Even a majority of Democrats (56 percent) are worried, while a whopping three quarters of independents and Republicans are fretting about it.

The bill was too big to get your head around it to begin with – and, frankly, too long for most legislators to even read. That’s not a good place to start from.

Since then, the Obama administration has done an abysmal job of explaining it or its supposed many benefits, even reaching out in desperation to pop culture celebrities to try to increase its popularity. We doubt they’ve read it, either.

The big debate now among Republicans is whether to keep trying to save America from Obamacare by voting to defund it – even at the expense of an unpopular government shutdown, if a confrontation with Democrats leads to that.

It’s our view that Republicans are in no position to stop it at this point. They lost that chance when they failed to win the Senate or White House last year.

If they try to stand in the way of Obamacare now – before its full deleterious effects are felt – Democrats and their compliant media will savage them. The result may be that Republicans – rather than the most disastrous, monstrous piece of ill-conceived legislation in our nation’s history – will become the issue. They will, in short, rehabilitate the image of the very thing they oppose. They will be the best thing to happen to Obamacare since Nancy Pelosi’s exhortation to pass it so we can find out what’s in it.

The train wreck is up ahead, but the train has already left the station. Sadly, it appears the only way the country will figure out that Obamacare is a disaster is to experience it firsthand.

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