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Washington Times Op-Ed: Why must the American people suffer when even so many Democrats don’t want Obamacare?

September 27, 2013 in Politics & Elections

Earlier this week, in an effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz, some of my Republican colleagues and I took to the Senate floor with the intent of making D.C. listen. The American people have made it abundantly clear that they do not want Obamacare. In fact, a majority of elected officials, the same officials that voted to implement this healthcare mandate, do not want it either.
Last summer, in a 5-4 decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court wrongly concluded that Obamacare’s individual mandate could stand. As a consequence of the court’s ruling, starting Oct.1, Americans, whether they want it or not, will be compelled to purchase a government mandated product – health insurance – or pay a tax.
But what should infuriate you the most is the fact that the same elected officials who implemented this mandate have recently declared exemption from it. That is to say, these officials are forcing you to partake in something that they themselves are refusing. If Obamacare is so great, why then are federal employees and elected officials getting special treatment and opting out?
If President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid and Chief Justice Roberts love Obamacare so much, they should live under it. Their actions speak louder than words and it is erroneous for these leaders to even attempt to claim that Obamacare is a step forward for Americans.
The American people do not approve of the Obamacare mandate and flocked to town halls across the country to let their representatives know it. In fact, only 12 percent of Americans think Obamacare will have a positive impact on their lives, according to a recent poll from NBC/Wall Street Journal.
Headlines across the nation shows the harm Obamacare is imposing on Americans: ‘Georgia Healthcare Company Cuts 101 Employees due to Obamacare,’ ‘Michigan School District Cuts Hours for Employees Because of Obamacare,’ ‘Cleveland Clinic Announces Job Cuts to Prepare for Obamacare,’ and ‘Small Businesses Consider Dropping Healthcare Plans Under Obamacare,’-just to name a few.
Before the Obamacare health insurance exchange opens on Oct.1, we are already witnessing the negative effects this mandate is having on those it intended to help. We cannot even begin to fathom all of the negative impacts Obamacare holds.
Based on separate analyses from Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Deloitte, as many as 20 million to 65 million Americans could lose their employer-sponsored health insurance policies and according …read more

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