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Does President Obama’s reelection mean Obamacare is a settled issue? Far from it, Heritage Foundation scholar Stuart Butler argues on the Journal of the American Medical Association website.

In fact, the challenges facing Obamacare (formally the Affordable Care Act) are actually just getting started, Butler says:

The primary reasons for this are the continuing problems with the federal budget deficit and the national debt and the worrying long-term weakness of the economy. Add to that the increasing skepticism that the ACA’s blunt tools will slow costs.

Heritage’s Bob Moffit outlined a plan to repeal Obamacare earlier this year in National Affairs.

Do you think Obamacare will ultimately be implemented as-is?

Comments (17)

Zoli Althea Engel - November 8, 2012

There is still much to be discussed in the halls of government on Obama-care. What abut our children and those who come after us? We must be vigilant to keep our focus on maintaining the dignified American values we want to see carried to the following generations. We all breathe the rarified air of personal opinion; none the less, our actions should reflect that which is bigger than our personal selves. Obama-care will have a tough time being ratified IF Conservatives can stay ion the fight and show that most Americans do not want it…by the People, for the People. Period.

Karen Thomas - November 8, 2012

You are fighting a losing battle. BO has done and will continue to do exactly as he chooses, ignorning the constitution, laughing at Congress and thumbing his nose to the American people. Sorry but we don’t stand a chance against the Maxist. I’m out. Karen Thomas

Russ Bartmess - November 8, 2012

With Harry Reid vowing to curtail the filibuster and BHO’s penchant for end runs around Congress, I can see the Admin not worrying about funding, they’ll just move the money from some other appropriation as needed. Or just let “uninsured” patients show up at hospitals and clinics to pressure the House to pass appropriations. Or am I being too cynical?

Jess Dixon - November 8, 2012

I am so encouraged by the articles I find in Heritage. The day after the election I was really down emotionally. Apprehension over future medical needs and how Obamacare will work against us. But finding these excellent articles and re-identifying with what I now call “my friends” at Heritage Foundation, I am hopeful, and will do my best to support H.F. more in the future! How I thank God for all of you! Forward indeed!

Author Nathaniel Ward - November 12, 2012

Thank you for the kind words. All of us at Heritage appreciate your support!

james l. dean - November 8, 2012

In regards to Obamacare, speaker of the house, ”jellyfish”
Boehner on that ABC interview, made it clear that since
Obama was re-elected, obamacare is ”the law of the land”.
It is also clear that he does not want use the leverage he has to effectively cripple this horrible law.
In summary, this speaker has proven to be far too willing to compromise and is ineffective to fight Obama.
we need a new speaker!!! Boehner is no fighter!!!!
thank you.

Roy G. Callahan - November 8, 2012

I hope not but then the politicians that got us here and played santa claus all these years didn’t care so who knows.

Jeff Ruffing - November 9, 2012

If we won the Senate we might have stood a chance to repeal Obamacare, but we lost seats. The Democrats, although none ran a campaign saying they supported it, have no reason to repeal it as the populace voted their guy in so we the people must want it. Unfortunately I think it is here forever or as long as our country survives this election.

redstorm_ - November 9, 2012

Yes, I do. At this point in time I think all progressive and frankly STATIST agendas will be pushed through successfully and harm this country for years. How will your organization stop it when Obama can load the courts with leftists and people who stand 100% with him–you can’t. C’mon, we’ve heard this before. We now have to endure 4 more years of this radical president and do-nothing Congress—there seems to be no way to defeat them when they can change the rules anytime they wish. The direction of this country has changed and I believe we are finished as the America we knew. This election secured that…if you don’t believe this then you are kidding yourselves and while your “let’s not give up attitude” is inspiring to a degree it is woefully underestimating what this election has done..not sure why conservatives can’t see the defeat they have been handed? For me, I’m done voting since my vote really doesn’t count anymore in the State where I live….it’s hardcore blue and nothing conservative ever passes in this State so no more elections for me…what’s the point?

Jeff Yetter - November 9, 2012

Like Shelley’s Frankenstein, the grotesquerie of Obamacare will not withstand long term exposure to the harsh realities of upward spiraling debt and downward spiraling revenues. I anticipate the day when the villagers stick a pitchfork in that wretched o-bomination and say Good Riddance!

Debbie - November 9, 2012

I hope and pray Obamacare will not be implemented as is, but I have to confess that my prayers so far seem to have gone unanswered. I would feel better if the House would simply refuse to fund Obama care — that would at least give us a fighting chance. So far, they don’t seem to have shown as much spine as I would have liked.

Andy Funt - November 9, 2012

Stuart Butlers article notwithstanding, any time 14,000 IRS agents are hired to enforce legislation like Obamacare, we have much to fear. Unringing a bell like Obamacare is, to my mind, nearly impossible. Congress will be dancing around inside of this 2,700 page nightmare forever. It is a rich source of pandering for every poitician on the hill, much like the tax code.

Jeff - November 9, 2012

Obamacare’s a settled issue as far as John Boehner is concerned. Boehner’s interested in finding “bipartisan solutions”. We know what “bipartisan solutions” are: they are Democrat policy victories.

Arlin R. Johnson, Jr. - November 10, 2012

I am heart sick at the thought of Obama continuing to take apart what once was the greatest country in the history of the world. Some in LA are even considering dropping out of the Union. While that would be a tough road to follow – given Obama’s communist/fascist/Muslim background – blood in the streets of America may be closer than we think. I for one do not wish to see America go down without a fight! Hope it can be done without blood in the streets?
Worried citizen!

Holly Chapo - November 10, 2012

I certainly hope “Obamacare” will not be fully implemented. We have opportunities to gut it, which Heritage aptly pointed out in The Morning Bell. And there seems to be bi-partisan support for attacking it piecemeal. Since the House has the power of the purse, it makes good sense to defund the monstrosity. Unfortunately, it is my distinct impression that the House Speaker is a gutless establishment Republican with limited leadership skills and without the courage and political will to take on the challenge. On the other hand, with the proper guidance, the American people can hold his feet to the fire and push for defunding and any other necessary Congressional actions. Strongly worded petitions can be quite helpful.

Juliana McQuaid - November 11, 2012

I think the American Public overall did not want this envasion upon our freedom, and we will be engaged in having this defunded. One thing I’m confussed with is the waviers that have been given to the unions and certain others. If this is a mandate by this President should’nt everyone pay their fair share,even when it comes to health care, those our his own

Ricky Gibbs - November 14, 2012

Don’t be fooled by these representatives of the insurance industry. Try getting individual insurance. You will soon find that you should support Obamacare.

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