Scarborough: Obamacare a Zombie in No-Man's Land

Friday, 09 Aug 2013 11:06 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Obamacare is like a zombie, talk show host Joe Scarborough said Friday.

"It's in this very strange place. It's sort of like in a no-man's land," the former Republican congressman said.

"It passed Congress. The president signed it. It survived the Supreme Court. It survived a presidential election. And yet most people hate it," Scarborough said, highlighting the widespread dislike for the healthcare law.

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"There's a 34 percent approval rating for Obamacare, which is absolutely horrific. That's basically the Democratic base. And I know in there, some people want actually a more expansive bill as well. But 34 percent is 34 percent," Scarborough added.

"It's like a zombie. Neither alive nor completely dead. It just sort of slowly marches on."

The disapproval does not end with the public, but extends to other arenas, according to Scarborough.

"Business leaders hated it so much that the White House had to push off for a year the employer mandate.

"Congress, they passed it, hated it so much that when the president went to talk to the Democratic caucus, the first thing they said was, 'Listen, I know we passed a bill, but you have to exempt us from it.'"

Many members of Congress are expecting angry constituents when they head home to their districts for their five-week summer recess, similar to those they faced in 2009 when the bill was first created.

Josh Green, correspondent with Bloomberg Businessweek, weighed in on Obamacare on Morning Joe, saying, "This is a pivotal period and a book end from what we saw in August 2009, where members of Congress went back to their districts and were met by this kind of wave of furious anger by tea party people at town hall meetings — some of it fomented by conservative groups, but helped sort of spin public sentiment and lawmakers' sentiment against that."

"Since then, we've had the law passed. It passed the Supreme Court. It is the law of the land. But now, congressmen are going back to their districts, and some congressmen see this as kind of the last-ditch chance to kill it," Green said.

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