The lower-than-hoped-for enrollment numbers on the federal exchanges are due to Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D., D.C.) argued on Monday. Norton blamed a “negative propaganda campaign” by Republicans that confused Americans into thinking that the law was no longer in effect.
“There are millions of people out there who think it was repealed, so there was no way to break through that very easily,” she told MSNBC. Norton also pointed out that the “debacle of a website” made matters worse because it “seemed to confirm that [the law] must have been repealed, or should have been repealed.”
In a sense, Norton is right. ObamaCare was never repealed, but it’s fair to say that its enactment has been somewhat… selective. It exists in a sort of lawless limbo where the Administration decides by whim or fiat which parts of the law to enforce and when.
So if Americans think the law has been repealed, well, they aren’t entirely wrong. The fact that we have the Executive branch acting in such an imperial manner would have had our Founders reaching for their muskets. It’s no exaggeration to say that, because King George tried to get away with less than this Administration has asserted are its rights and powers.
Or as Norton herself put it, “When that fine is going to kick in, you’re going to see people trotting to sign on like you’ve never seen it before.”
Cattle, meet prod.