George Will: Let Obamacare Crash and Burn

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 06:58 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will says President Barack Obama has, by his actions, confirmed the Republican view that the Affordable Care Act is unworkable.

"It seems to me the president has been emphatic that the Obamacare can be implemented as written. Republicans have said it can't, and then the president confirmed the Republican view by his starkly and unambiguously illegal delay of the employer mandate," Will told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"That employer mandate starting date was written into the law. The law cannot be changed by presidents unilaterally. It just can't be done," he said Tuesday.

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But now that the Affordable Care Act is law, Will said, he agrees with Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy and others that the best way forward may be to let the Affordable Care Act crash on its own.

"The first thing I'd say is . . . he's embraced it, he wants to go forward. Let it. The quickest way to refute all the arguments for Obamacare is to experience Obamacare," Will said.

"My general feeling is stand back, be quiet, and, if anything, make the president ask — beg, really — Congress to rescue him from his own handiwork."

Will also weighed in on the name of the Washington Redskins professional football team and whether it should be changed after charges it is racist toward American Indians.

"First, there's an empirical question: is it a fact that a substantial number of Native Americans are offended by this? We know they're not offended, really, by the Florida State Seminoles, by the tomahawk chop of the Atlanta Braves, by the name of the Cleveland Indians . . . go down the list," said Will, a Fox News commentator.

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"There are all kinds of names deriving from the Native American heritage. So, first, empirically, prove to me that a substantial number of Native Americans are offended by this and I will reconsider it.

"There are all kinds of various white liberals purporting to speak for Native Americans. Let's hear from the Native Americans," Will said.

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