Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Happy Anniversary!

Today's the one-year anniversary of the national health care law.

Happy Anniversary!

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, today's the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Health Care Act.

BE: How are you celebrating?

JB: I'm trying real hard not to be sick in my stomach.

BE: You mean because you hate the law?

JB: I mean because one year after its enactment, the debate still rages  -- there are 20-some lawsuits against it, including one to which our Guv is party -- and people STILL don't seem to know what is does, doesn't do, whether it's a "government takeover" or a boon.

BE: That's cuz it's so complicated. The American people don't do complicated.

JB: Keyrect. Check this out: a new poll says a majority of Americans, 53%, remain confused about the law.

BE: So there's plenty of room for those opposing it to pick up support.

JB: Which is why you see things like the author of "The Obamacare Disaster," Peter Ferrara, saying of the law, "Rather than liberate the American health care system from bureaucracy and waste, it blankets it with more of both."

BE: My guess is Republicans like this guy.

JB: You're guess is right. Republicans looking to run next year are lining up to trash the law. Mitt Romney says he'd give every state a waiver, Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich say repeal it and we're expecting to hear from Mike Huckabee, Haley Barbour and Sarah Palin later today.

BE: With Republicans trying to shape public opinion and the law headed for the Supreme Court, I wonder if there's any hope for this thing.

JB: Wonder no more. I sat in on a press call yesterday with Walter Dellinger, former U.S. Solicitor General, Duke Law prof and constitutional scholar, who says the Supreme Court will decide in June and will sustain the law. In fact, he predicts the decision in favor of it "won't be close."

BE: One man's opinion.

JB: Sure, but remember, Obama taught constitutional law. This law is the hallmark of his presidency. I gotta think, knowing it would be challenged and likely resolved during his reelection year, every constitutional hole was filled before it was passed.

BE: Still, one man's opinion. Let the debate go forward.

JB: Debate is the fuel of democracy.

BE: Who said that?

JB: I did! Grrr.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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