E. THOMAS McCLANAHAN

A moratorium for Obamacare

Updated: 2013-04-24T01:47:01Z

By E. THOMAS McCLANAHAN

The Kansas City Star

Obamacare has never been popular and as time passes it has become even less so. As John Fund http://www.nationalreview.com/article/346228/putting-lipstick-obamacare-pig points out at National Review online, the latest Kaiser Family Health Foundation poll puts Obamacare’s support at an anemic 37 percent.

Not surprisingly, many Democratic supporters in Congress are becoming antsy about the implications for 2014, given that implementation of its main provisions is supposed to happen months before the mid-term elections.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says “no one fully anticipated” how tough it would be to get this monster up and running. Last week, Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus told Sebelius that he sees “a huge train wreck coming down,” that when he’s back home he hears from businesses that they have no idea what to do or what penalties apply.

Also last week, a union that formerly supported the law – the United union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers – became the first to reverse course and call for Obamacare’s repeal.

The best course now is a moratorium: Implementation of Obamacare should be delayed. As James Capretta and Yuval Levin www.eppc.org/publication/its-time-to-delay-obamacare wrote earlier this month, even opponents of the law should not welcome the looming train wreck, even though many predicted it.

They make the key point that “the damage it will do to our underlying health-care system will be lasting and significant. And supporters should not underestimate the damage that the coming fiasco will do to their credibility.”

More: “Everyone should now understand that, if there is not a delay, next year will be the scene of an epic disaster for American health care. .. The … implementation of the largest social-welfare policy change in a generation is far behind schedule.”

The best move right now: Set the monstrosity aside for at least a year.

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