Krauthammer: Obamacare Is Dog Food

Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 11:40 AM

By Marti Lotman

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Obamacare amounts to nothing more than “dog food,” according to Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer.

And the administration’s contention that President Barack Obama’s signature legislation is unpopular with the American public because of a negative advertising campaign is just nonsense, Krauthammer said on Fox News’ “Special Report” on Monday.

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“It’s not the advertising — it’s the dog food. Every time anybody has a look at it or has a lick of it, they don’t like it. And we can see historical trajectory. It was the focus of the 2010 election — the Democrats got slaughtered. And then for a couple years it went into hibernation, it wasn’t in news — it hadn’t been implemented so it wasn’t a big issue, although Obama understands how unpopular it is. Thus he gave it only one sentence in the State of the Union address. This is his signature achievement,” Krauthammer said.

Krauthammer added that the cost overruns, in addition to the president’s attack on the Catholic Church, have jeopardized the plausibility of the program in the eyes of many Americans.

“He knows that the less people talk about it or look at it the better it is,” Krauthammer said. “So, lately, we have had a couple of events which have forced a look at it. The CBO [Congressional Budget Office] reported last week that the cost Obama had given was about half of what it will be. It went from $900 billion to over $1.7 trillion. And that’s probably an underestimate. Second, we have watched over the months, compulsion of the Catholic Church and in a way it has been an offense against the free exercise of religion. A lot of people are offended, even people who don’t share the view of the Catholic Church.”

Krauthammer concluded that, with two out of every three Americans saying they disapprove of the unpopular legislation, it clearly has “nothing to do with advertising.”

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