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WELCOME TO OBAMACARE – AT 8:37 A.M. ET:  Many Americans don't realize it, but Obamacare is about to pounce, with all its implications.  Some of those implications aren't pretty.  From Byron York at the Washington Examiner:

This March will mark three years since Obamacare became law, and it still has not had any serious effect on most Americans' lives. That's the way President Obama and the law's Democratic authors planned it; they conveniently pushed the dislocations and unhappy consequences of national health care well past their re-election campaigns.

But Obamacare will be here soon, with an Oct. 1, 2013, start of enrollment in insurance exchanges and a Jan. 1, 2014, deadline for full implementation. The political results could be deeply painful for Democrats.

During the campaign for Obamacare, President Obama pledged repeatedly that his health care scheme would not touch the vast majority of Americans who are satisfied with their coverage. "No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people," Obama said in June 2009. "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what."

Over the past months there has been scattered press coverage of coming problems. That is likely to increase in 2013. There will be more stories with headlines like this, from Bloomberg News last week: "Aetna CEO Sees Obama Health Law Doubling Some Premiums."

And this, from the Associated Press: "Surprise: New Insurance Fee In Health Overhaul Law."

And this, from the Wall Street Journal: "Health-Care Law Spurs a Shift to Part-Time Workers."

And...

Obamacare has never been popular. Indeed, it has been underwater in terms of public approval from the moment it began to take legislative shape in 2009. In last month's exit polls, 49 percent said all or part of Obamacare should be repealed, while 44 percent said it should be left as is or expanded.

COMMENT:  Full implementation will occur just before the 2014 election, which may turn out to be a plebiscite on Obamacare.  The advance billing is not encouraging:  higher costs, longer lines, more government control, destruction of what is already good.  Hey, what a concept!

Read the whole piece.  And notice that York is right:  more and more stories about Obamacare are turning negative.

December 18,  2012