Dick Morris to Newsmax: Court Decision Could Come Back to Haunt Obama
Now that the only way to get rid of Obama’s healthcare overhaul is via the ballot box, it could persuade more people to turn out and vote against him in November, Morris said in an exclusive interview.
Morris, a former political advisor to President Bill Clinton who is now a Fox News analyst, pointed out that polls have shown roughly 55 percent of voters oppose Obamacare with 40 percent supporting it, even though the president holds a slight lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in head-to-head surveys.
“The Supreme Court has spoken,” said Morris. “This means the only way we can overturn this obnoxious law is by defeating Obama and capturing the Senate.
“So this really puts Obamacare front and center as the leading issue in the 2012 campaign. In a real sense it makes the 2012 campaign a carbon copy of the 2010 campaign — and we all know how that turned out.”
He said in the short term that could give the president the edge as voters support him because the law has been ruled constitutional, but by the time November rolls around he predicted “the fundamental economics of the law will lead to its rejection by a very large majority.”
“The Supreme Court did not let Obama off the hook,” Morris said. “By the time the election comes around, it could be lethal.
“The decision makes Obamacare a tax increase that falls primarily on young people and poor people who can’t afford it. With the Medicaid provisions struck down, government will not be there to help middle and low-income families who have to pay a huge percentage of their income for insurance or pay a large fine.
“That is not politically attractive, which is why Obama postponed the effective date of this law until after the election.”