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That's what Republicans, especially their leader, lip-flapper Cruz would have you believe.

Let us count all the Obamacare deprivations before it even launched.

There's job loss for fast food workers.

There's early retirement for docs.

There's shortened work weeks for janitors.

There's banksruptcy for small business.

There's exceptions for large corporations.

There's exceptions for the Congressional elites.

There's the threat of single payer.

There's the threat of insurance company bankruptcy.

There's rising premiums for the Advantaged groups.

There's imitating international failure.

There's socialism.

There's the federal behemoth.

At first blush, ascribing all these disasters to a program that's not even in place and from which not a single dollar will be sent until the year 2014, seems evidence that the opponents are irrational or have been driven 'round the bend by the very fact that the delayed implementation Congress demanded in 2009 has not, as was hoped, led to its premature demise.

But then I recall my conclusion about the abortion debate and all the energy expended on something the Congress cannot realistically effect or affect. And that was that the hopeless cause has become an ideal target for people whose sole objective is to hold on to a position and keep trying and trying again and again until, like Robert Byrd and Strom Thermond, they're ready to pass on to their eternal reward.

Legislative failure. That's the ticket. And R. Ted Cruz and his constitutional lawyer cronies have invented a new industry. First pass un-constitutional legislation and then rake in big fees from the ideologues to bring suit on grounds of un-constitutionality. McCain/Feingold was a classic. Think of all the hours it took to take it apart piece by piece. Even DOMA, already rendered ineffective by executive action, served as a vehicle for litigation and lawyerly remuneration.

After he left the Solicitor's office in Texas, R. Ted Cruz charged $695 an hour to consult with his legislative cohorts in the effort to gerrimander the voting districts in Texas. That's not chicken feed.

There's good money to be had failing, not just longevity.

On the other hand, Obamacare may just be a reminder that "Oh, honey, of course Mama cares" went with them getting weaned -- banished from the maternal teat. Back to the family values thing.

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