Jay Sekulow: ObamaCare More Unpopular Than Ever; What’s in a Name?

On the heels of our filing of a critical amicus brief at the Supreme Court on behalf of 105 members of Congress and more than 30,000 Americans opposing ObamaCare, comes some very interesting information that I wanted to share with you.

A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that ObamaCare has hit an all-time low, thanks, in part to a surge in Democrats who now oppose this flawed health care law. Only 34% of Americans surveyed have a favorable view of ObamaCare, marking the lowest favorable rating since the measure was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010.

What this poll also highlights is that more Democrats, who may have been on board with the health care measure before, are now souring. When asked if ObamaCare would improve their lives, 43% of Democrats said “Yes” in September. This month, that number fell to 27%.

This Kaiser poll is really no surprise. It does, though, reinforce what we have seen for many, many months now. Most Americans understand that ObamaCare – which forces Americans to purchase health insurance – is not only wrong for our nation, but unconstitutional as well.

So, with ObamaCare not really going over well across America, why not focus on the term itself – and go after those who use it?

That seems to be what’s happening now. Roll Call reports that the term “ObamaCare” is now at the center of a political battle with Democrats objecting to the use of the word in taxpayer-financed mass mailings, saying it violates rules against sending mailers for “personal, partisan or political reasons.” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said Obamacare has “become sort of pejorative . . . through usage and the way it’s used and who uses it.”

Give me a break.

Kind of reminds me of that classic line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” And, ObamaCare by any other name would still be a pro-abortion, government-run, and unaffordable health care law.

Let’s not forget that President Obama repeatedly cites the passage of the Affordable Care Act as one of the most important things he accomplished during his first two years of the presidency. Even the President himself seemed to embrace the term “ObamaCare” last summer with a play on words: “I have no problem with folks saying, ‘Obamacares’ . . . I do care,” the President said.

The fact is that if ObamaCare was popular, Rep. Nadler and others would be touting this health care reform – using the word “ObamaCare” every chance they could.

The truth is that no matter what you call it – Americans get it – ObamaCare is a deeply flawed law that’s likely to have its day in court – the Supreme Court.

In just a matter of days, the Justices will meet in conference to consider taking up the issue. We should know by mid-November whether the high court engages this critical issue sooner rather than later.


About Jay Sekulow

Jay Sekulow is Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of the most prestigious law firms in the country. He is an accomplished Supreme Court advocate, renowned expert on religious liberty, and a respected broadcaster. Jay Sekulow is an attorney with a passion for protecting religious liberty - freedom - democracy.
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