Krauthammer: Obamacare like bad ‘dog food’

Jeff Poor | Media Reporter

On Monday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said that the Obama administration’s allegation that Obamacare’s unpopularity with the American public is due to a negative advertising campaign is “nonsense.”

“That’s nonsense,” Krauthammer said. “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 explained that the cost overruns and Obama’s assault on the Catholic Church have also damaged Obamacare in the eyes of some.

“He knows that the less people talk about it or look at it the better it is,” he continued. “So, lately, we have had a couple of events which have forced a look at it. The CBO 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.”

The emphasis this will put on the pending Supreme Court fight over the legislation and how most Americans disapprove of it is another reason it has problems, according to Krauthammer.

“Lastly, the focus is on the Supreme Court. When you get two out of every three Americans saying they want this thing thrown out, you know you have got something extremely unpopular on your hands,” he concluded, “and it’s got nothing to do with advertising.”

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