Obiter Dicta

Now They Tell Us

Posted: June 9, 2014

Health policy analyst David Catron, writing at The American Spectator, reported last week that Obamacare’s biggest cheerleaders are now saying the employer mandate in the law, which that requires all employers with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance, must be repealed.

Why? For the exact reasons conservaitves who opposed Obamacare said it was a bad idea. Among those who’ve seen the light are Obamacare cheerleader Timothy Jost, whose words and ideas have appeared on this page, as well as the Urban Institute. Both say the mandate must be repealed. They joined leftist Ezra Klein, who came to the same conclusion last year.

Writes Catron, “If the thing is so bad that a dyed-in-the-wool Obamacare cheerleader like Ezra Klein denounces it, one can be sure that it needs to go overboard. ... If progressive think tanks, liberal publications, and high-profile lefties have finally come around to the conservative position, we should take advantage of this unusual consensus. Kill the bloody thing now.”