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Topic of the day: Obamacare problems continue to pile on

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4 2014 11:15 a.m. MST

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, hoists a copy of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, as he and other House conservatives hold a news conference to express their anger about the legislation on the second anniversary of its passage, on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Wednesday, March 21, 2012 file photo.  (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press) Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, hoists a copy of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, as he and other House conservatives hold a news conference to express their anger about the legislation on the second anniversary of its passage, on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Wednesday, March 21, 2012 file photo. (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press)

Obamacare will push approximately 2 million people out of the labor market by 2017, according to Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times, citing the latest estimates Tuesday from the Congressional Budget Office.

According to Dinan, the nonpartisan budget agency suggested “the health care law’s incentives are driving businesses and people to choose government-sponsored benefits rather than work.”

The New York Daily News' Bill Hammond disagrees and believes that the sentiment against Obamacare is purely ideological.

Hammond says that the “House GOP has no interest in presenting a coherent critique of Obamacare, let alone a workable alternative. … Instead, making hay in an election year, they’re attacking Obamacare from any direction they think will score political points.”

However, the Washington Post’s Ed Rogers wrote that incompetence of the healthcare.gov rollout and denials of its failures are far from over.

“It is painfully obvious that many Democrats think the best political tactics for dealing with the numerous Obamacare problems are to ignore them, hide them or otherwise deny they exist,” wrote Rogers.

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Barone thinks Obamacare “misreads America,” working in theory, but not in reality.

“Liberal policy makers have long regarded Scandinavian policies as a model. If a welfare state can work there, they have long argued, it can work here,” Barone said. “But the Scandinavian countries have homogeneous populations with high levels of trust, conscientiousness and social connectedness.” He went on to say that the United States is different in that we have a massive population that is socially disconnected.

As well, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York says that the health care law will redistribute wealth in stunning fashion. Citing the liberal Brookings Institute, York said that the redistribution of wealth would be “stunningly lopsided.”

“Obamacare will increase the income of Americans in the lowest 20 percent of the income scale, and especially in the lowest 10 percent,” York wrote. “But all other income groups … will experience a decline in income because of Obamacare.”

Going into the 2014 election cycle, Obamacare is bound to be a topic of discussion and debate. It will be interesting to see how the candidates in the respective parties handle it.

Erik Raymond is experienced in national and international politics. He relocated from the Middle East where he was working on his second novel. He produces content for DeseretNews.com. You can reach him at: eraymond@deseretdigital.com @RaymondErik

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