There are, of course, countless unworkable Obamacare provisions that have yet to be repealed due to Obama administration intransigence. One of the most obvious of these is the employer mandate, which is universally reviled by policy experts of all political persuasions. As I wrote in this space last year, even the left-leaning Urban Institute has called for its repeal in a report titled, “Why Not Just Eliminate the Employer Mandate?” Likewise, Obamacare-friendly policy wonks such as Professor Timothy Jost admit that the mandate’s 50-employee threshold has constrained job growth and forced some employers to “cut the hours of part-time employees.”
The complete list of such counterproductive provisions is far too lengthy to cover in a single column, but there are enough to guarantee that PPACA will never work. Yet, even as the news was breaking about the law’s latest failures, HHS Secretary Burwell published a column in USA Today in which she offers this all too predictable assurance: “The Affordable Care Act is working.” The public isn’t buying it. A recent AP survey shows that only 26 percent of adults support Obamacare. Why so few? Because, no matter how often the President, his bureaucrats, or the media tell us otherwise, it’s blindingly obvious that Obamacare just isn’t working.