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July 20, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Ed Rogers writes in the Washington Post what we all know: Obamacare is falling apart:

As the reality of Obamacare emerges, a disastrous calamity imposed on the American people, even the most compliant members of the Obama fan club are beginning to panic. Three union presidents have sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a scathing letter decrying Obamacare, showing just how out-of-control this law has become. This astonishing reversal has been underreported so far, except by the ever-vigilant Tom Gara in the Wall Street Journal.

The fact is that the crater of Obamacare is getting deeper, with sharper edges. The unions are first-tier political allies of President Obama and the Democratic Party, and it was surely their last resort to put their grievances with Obamacare in writing in the public sphere. A lot must have happened behind the scenes before they felt sufficiently frustrated with the Obama administration to take this step.

In a joint letter, James P. Hoffa of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Joseph Hansen of the UFCW and D. Taylor of UNITE-HERE state that Obamacare will “destroy the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class” and “destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.” And they highlight their buyer’s remorse:

We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision. Now this vision has come back to haunt us.

You can feel their anxiety and boiling frustration coming through.

Rogers asks, “What does falling apart look like for Obamacare, if not this?”

Trying to keep up the pressure on Obama and the Democrats, Republicans in the House are now urging the Senate, as a matter of “fairness,” to vote to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate, as the Treasury Department has already delayed the business mandate that requires companies of over 50 workers to insure their employees.

The Hill:

Reps. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), sponsors of a bill to delay the mandate that passed the House on Wednesday, delivered the weekly GOP address.

Young and Griffin accused Democrats and the White House of ignoring the needs of individuals by opposing their legislation.

“Many Democrats voted to stand with big business and against fairness for individuals and families,” said Young.

“President Obama threatened to veto our proposals altogether. We take that to mean he thinks it’s fair to let businesses off the hook while leaving middle-class families in harm’s way.”

Griffin told the story of a “21-year old Hispanic-American who runs a small business in my district” who says he cannot hire more workers because “ObamaCare makes him choose between new, higher insurance premiums or hefty fines.”

Republicans have stepped up their criticism of the healthcare law since July 2, when the Treasury Department announced the delay of the employer mandate.

The policy requires businesses of 50 or more workers to provide health insurance, and involves an elaborate reporting system.

Administration officials said their deferral responded to requests from business for more time to understand that system.

Republicans quickly turned the argument on the White House, saying individuals deserve as much flexibility as companies.

Whether it’s a good argument or not is beside the point. The Democrats will never vote to delay the individual mandate. If they did, Obamacare would totally collapse, killed by a lack of customers for the state exchanges. Without millions of new insureds, premiums will skyrocket thanks to the increase in costs due to sick people paying the same rates as healthy people. Obamacare needs the offsetting increase in revenue as a result of “young invincibles” being forced to sign up.

For good or ill, Democrats are stuck with the president’s “historic” legislation. It’s too late to run and hide by trying to delay the inevitable.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Somehow, I have no sympathy for those people who voted for the Big 0 and are now complaining about the negatives effects his policies are having on them. The majority gets the government it voted for. If they had had any sense, they would have voted differently in 2012, but they didn't. Let's see what kind of sense they will have in 2014 and in 2016.
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The company I work for has already thrown any plans of trying to comply with PPACA out the window for 2014.
If the Demos are stupid enough to actually go through with "zero" care, we'll just pay the fine, and figure it out in 2015.
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Obamacare is nothing but a pyramid scheme.
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Hang on - let me grab my lead life preserver to throw to them....
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"Obamacare needs the offsetting increase in revenue as a result of “young invincibles” being forced to sign up ." You must mean young people over the age of 26. My kids only live in the basement in the summer, and I can't imagine them moving out once they have to support themselves with a part time job that won't cover their expenses.
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Somewhere I read that it's good for employers to drop insurance for their low pay part-time workers so they could sign up for those state exchanges and have subsidized health insurance.

It's really mind numbing to try to think like a Democrat: it's better for a low pay worker to lose their insurance so that Sandra Fluke could have her free condoms.
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Will McConnell and McCain be strong enough, principled enough, and ruthless enough to hang it around their necks to ensure a republican takeover of the senate in 2014....? Methinks not. Instead, they will only use it to extort concessions favorable to themselves....past track record justifies my cynicism. They will waste this opportunity as they have wasted past opportunities; they are not Ted Cruz. Likewise in the House, Old Yellowstain will not find the "guts" to simply defund obamacare and save the nation. Boehner will simply submit the 45th repeal vote or some graba$$tic silly sh!t like that...2014 is our last stand, folks. It's all or nothing then....

Remember BENGHAZI!

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Hey stupid unions, we told you so.
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