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ObamaCare Is in Big Trouble

ObamaCare Is in Big Trouble

By Deroy Murdock - August 7, 2010

ObamaCare faced voters for the first time last Tuesday and was diagnosed as seriously ill.

By a margin of 71 percent to 29 percent, Missouri voters approved a referendum to invalidate any ObamaCare mandate to purchase health insurance or any penalty for not doing so.

Proposition C reflects growing momentum to repeal ObamaCare, an increasingly unpopular federal sinkhole that the American people do not want and numerous state and federal officials are working sedulously to reverse.

ObamaCare’s latest defeat did not occur in some right-wing bastion, but in a swing state in which Barack Obama lost by just 3,903 votes to Sen. John McCain in 2008.

And on Monday, Federal Judge Henry Hudson ruled that Virginia may proceed with its lawsuit to overturn ObamaCare’s individual mandate to acquire medical coverage.

“While this case raises a host of complex constitutional issues,” Hudson wrote, “all seem to distill to the single question of whether or not Congress has the power to regulate - and tax - a citizen’s decision not to participate in interstate commerce.”

As Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli observed, “The government cannot draft an unwilling citizen into commerce just so it can regulate him under the Commerce Clause.”

ObamaCare’s mandate redefines the individual’s relationship to Washington, D.C. If it can compel Americans to buy health insurance, why can’t it force each American to join a gym or eat bran?

Twenty different state attorneys general are in court battling ObamaCare’s defining ideology, as embodied in the individual mandate.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, 170 of 178 Republicans have signed Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) discharge petition to bring repeal language to the House floor.

Americans increasingly would applaud such a House vote. A July 30-31 Rasmussen survey shows that among 1,000 likely voters, 59 percent want ObamaCare overturned. Despite relentless Democratic preening over ObamaCare, pro-repeal sentiments have risen from 55 percent (42 percent opposed) on March 24, when Obama signed this bill.

The American people can kill this monster in its crib. Handing Republicans the keys to Congress on Nov. 2 could smother this $2.5 trillion extravagance in its infancy. While a GOP repeal vote surely would earn a presidential veto, a Republican Congress could defund this law’s implementation.

Instead, Republicans should administer a pro-market antidote to ObamaCare’s poison: Health-insurance vouchers, medical malpractice reform; universal, tax-free Health Savings Accounts; and individual, portable medical plans - all available across state lines.

ObamaCare’s ultimate demise likely will require a GOP chief executive to sign its death certificate. Until that joyous occasion, Americans should dream of the day when Obama returns to Chicago to break ground on his presidential library.

Deroy Murdock is a columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.

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