Obamacare Upheld, Democrats Hardest Hit?
The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare was a legal victory for President Obama and Democrats, but was it a political victory?
There is a lot of celebrating going on among Democrats right now. President Obama will soon be on our television screens taking a victory lap and generally rubbing the ruling in the faces of conservatives.
But remember that even with the Supreme Court upholding the law, it remains extremely unpopular nationally. Americans have been consistent throughout the health care debates in their opposition to this legislation, and that’s not likely to change.
Politically speaking, Democrats (especially those running for Congress) may have been better served had the Supreme Court struck down Obamacare. Now those Democrats are stuck having to defend the law on the books, with the President gloating over their shoulders.
If you thought Democrats were already distancing themselves from President Obama and their national party by skipping the convention, those efforts to be at arm’s length are going to become quite a bit more pronounced.
This ruling may well have done more to re-invigorate conservatives and independents who oppose the bill than to help Democrats.
Meanwhile, on news of the Obamacare ruling breaking, the stock market is tanking.Tags: election 2012, obamacare