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Bryan Preston

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July 5, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Arrogance is unbecoming:

MAUMEE, Ohio — President Obama said that repealing his signature health care law is not an option.

“I’ll work with anybody who wants to work with me to continue to improve our health care system and our health care laws, but the law I passed is here to stay,” Obama said at a campaign event in Ohio.

The constitutional scholar should note for accuracy’s sake that the Democrats in Congress passed it, and Obama signed it. But whatever, it’s just the way the government functions.

Meanwhile, Gallup finds some bad news for the president. Gallup finds that more Americans find economic harm than good in ObamaTax.

Americans are more likely to say the 2010 healthcare law upheld by the Supreme Court last week will hurt the national economy (46%) rather than help it (37%), while 18% say they don’t know or that it will have no effect.

Proponents of the ACA argue that it has many benefits, including in particular decreasing the number of Americans who don’t have health insurance. Opponents argue against it partly on philosophical grounds, decrying the ACA’s reliance on government to control this personal aspect of Americans’ lives. The practical impact of the law on the healthcare system and the economy will not be fully known until it has been place and medical providers and consumers react to the changes.

But with the economy continuing to top the list of Americans’ perceived most important problems facing the country, the impact of the ACA on the national economy is a major consideration. The current data show that Americans are as divided on the question of the ACA’s economic impact as they are on the bill itself, heavily along political lines. But Americans’ overall tilt toward the view that the ACA will hurt the economy may be a liability for President Obama and the ACA’s proponents.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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