The battlefront now shifts to citizen and state resistance.
The states are the new firewall. Fourteen states have passed legislation, ballot initiatives, or constitutional amendments blocking the individual mandates. A growing number of governors say they will not participate in setting up Exchanges – the bureaucracies that will redesign health insurance and deliver hundreds of billions of dollars in ObamaCare subsidies. Many states also have said they will not expand Medicaid to higher levels, rightly worried that the federal government will lock them into the expansion and then yank back the 100% federal funding match.
Citizens also will resist. With the penalty for not buying insurance starting at $95 the first year, why would someone opt to pay thousands of dollars for health insurance when they know they will be able to buy it when they need it anyway?
And companies already are restructuring their workforces to cut jobs and employee hours to avoid thousands of dollars in ObamaCare fines from the employer mandate – fines many say could completely wipe out the profit margin.