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A Resistance Movement Rises Up Against ObamaCare

January 4, 2013

ObamaCare may be the law, but a major resistance movement has already sprouted across the United States, says Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute.

  • On Election Day, public approval of the law only stood at 38 percent.
  • However, Mitt Romney was unable to capitalize on the unpopular provisions such as the individual mandate, employee mandate and state-run exchanges.
  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) expects at least 6 million people to pay the initial $95 fine rather than purchase health insurance.

Opposition to the law continues to harden in several institutions. In Congress, several lawmakers are coming together to try and repeal and replace ObamaCare. For example, House committees are conducting investigations of improper spending.

Individual states have also begun to take measures that oppose the health care law. At least 21 states have expressed that they will not create health exchanges. Furthermore, many states have opted out of expanding Medicaid.

Moreover, many businesses have come out in opposition of the law. The fact that companies with more than 50 employees have to pay a penalty for not offering insurance has caused uproar. If a company does not provide insurance, it must pay a steep penalty of $2,000 per employee. As a result, many companies have begun to fire full-time employees or fill vacant spots with part-time workers.

Some religious institutions have also come out against ObamaCare. The Catholic Church, for example, opposes the administration's decision to force employers to provide access to contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs at no cost.  About 40 lawsuits have been initiated by Catholic dioceses and other organizations that claim it violates the First Amendment.

Even with the law in place, the mounting coalition against it will severely undercut the effectiveness of the law. It requires willing states and individuals to fully participate in the law's mandates for it to provide health care for individuals that are uninsured.

Source: Grace-Marie Turner, "A Resistance Movement Rises Up Against ObamaCare," Forbes, December 24, 2012.


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