Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” using backroom deals, arm twisting and political buyouts. Nancy Pelosi, who was then speaker of the U.S. House, famously stated that “we have to pass this bill to find out what’s in it.” Twenty-eight months later, Americans are still discovering what’s in it, and the more we find out, the more we do not like it.
While I strongly disagreed with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of Obamacare under the federal government’s taxing power, the court’s majority decision did make a very important observation: “We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the Nation’s elected leaders. … It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
Ultimately, the American people will determine whether Obamacare “embodies sound policies.” Much of what its proponents used to sell the public on the bill has turned out to be false.
U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee