The Root of the Problem with ObamaCare — the Cram down

From the National Interest, this is the best description of why ObamaCare will not ever be left alone:

"The way in which President Obama and Senate Democrats rammed through the law—without popular or even bipartisan support—inadvertently set the stage for a funding challenge down the road. Since the law’s passage, it has grown even more unpopular, as its damaging side effects—ranging from higher premiums, to new and higher taxes, to loss of employer-provided health coverage and full-time work hours—have kicked in.

This is the Affordable Care Act’s fundamental challenge. The law passed using reconciliation, a budget-process mechanism intended to reconcile differences in Congress’s budget proposals and carry out deficit-reduction instructions. Instead, Senate Democrats hijacked the process to pass Obamacare with a simple and purely partisan majority. No other major social-policy change—not the Civil Rights Act, not Social Security, not Medicare—was successful at becoming anchored in American policy and law with absolutely zero bipartisan support.

Since President Obama and his allies need some Republican support to get funding for the law, a stalemate was born. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives repeatedly passed bills that would fund the entire government, except for Obamacare, and the Democrat-controlled Senate repeatedly rejected them.

Now, the House is attempting to reopen parts of the government step by step, in a bid to end the shutdown incrementally, without funding Obamacare. But the Senate and President have largely spurned this approach, too. Despite changing more than a dozen provisions in the Affordable Care Act already, and the President choosing to unilaterally delay parts of the law, and granting exemptions to well-connected parties, President Obama and his allies insist that the House approve full funding of Obamacare if it wishes to end the partial government shutdown."

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