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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The orphan child -- Editorial, The Washington Times

Sick and unwanted, Obamacare rightly calls Barack Obama daddy 

**FILE** President Obama (right) and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 16, 2012. (Associated Press)There's no do-over of elections. However fervently many Americans might want to turn back the clock to replace Barack Obama with Mitt Romney, they can't. Higher taxes, more spending and Obamacare are with us until Jan. 20, 2017. According to a new ABC News poll, most Americans think Mr. Obama is not a strong leader, that he doesn't understand the problems of Americans, that he's neither honest nor trustworthy, and he's a terrible manager. Mr. Romney, the pollsters found, would defeat the president in an election today. What a difference Obamacare makes.

The president entered office with a 65 percent job-approval rating, his hands clutching a Nobel Prize that he earned merely by celebrity. He reversed his fortunes on one issue, the spectacular failure of his signature legislative achievement.

George W. Bush is gone to Texas, so the president can't blame him for this one, try as he might. Republicans shut down the government to buy just a few months' delay for Obamacare, over the feverish opposition of the Democrats. Seventy-one percent of Americans in the new poll now agree with Republicans that the individual Obamacare mandate should be postponed; 2 out of 3 Americans think it should be abolished entirely. Democrats crushed Republicans in October, and now they wish they had joined Republicans to wash their hands of Mr. Obama's dreadful mistake.

The basic idea behind Mr. Obama's scheme is that government can better handle the complexities of medical care than the market can. Government scientists, technocrats and regulators think they have the collective brainpower to fairly manage a complicated, interconnected health care system and do it for less than businessmen could.

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