Driving the Day: Posturing on Obamacare
Yesterday, a federal judge declared Obamacare’s individual mandate unconstitutional. The decision itself was less surprising than whom the judge quoted in his 78-page opinion:
I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that, “If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house.”
Indeed. But as Heritage Action’s Michael Needham cautioned:
[D]on’t be fooled by President Obama’s false modesty. He does think he can predict what the next big industry will be. He thinks he knows where jobs will be created. And Washington chooses the answers to those questions every single day.
Soon, all 100 U.S. Senators will be forced to reassess Obamacare. Rightly, all 47 Senate Republicans remain opposed to the law. Now the focus shifts to Senate Democrats, many of whom are up for reelection in 2012 and already hedging their support for the new law.
A Senate vote may be forthcoming in the next two weeks. Stay tuned to Heritage Action for the latest…