Question 18/ GED Social Studies Practice Test

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Read the following passage concerning the new Health Care law, referred to as “Obamacare”:

GOP United against Obamacare

By Ron Johnson

What can be done about Obamacare?
For the majority of Americans opposed to Obamacare, it is a sad fact that as long as President Barack Obama is in the White House and Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Democrats control the Senate, repealing or defunding this monstrosity is next to impossible.

Elections have consequences. The 2008 election gave ideologically extreme Democrats the White House, a House majority and a filibuster-proof Senate, which allowed Reid to jam through Obamacare the morning of Christmas Eve 2009.

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In 2012, Obama won another term and Reid maintained an iron grip on the Senate. That is a reality that cannot be ignored as strategies are developed to prevent Obamacare from taking firm or permanent root. Even so, opportunities abound to focus attention on the true harm this law is unleashing on the average American’s health care, on our struggling economy, on the federal budget and on our personal freedoms.

Reid and Sen. Max Baucus were correct in calling the implementation of Obamacare a “train wreck.” Numerous unions, strong supporters of the president and his party, are calling for relief. Even Obama acknowledged his administration’s inability to implement Obamacare ”” 31/2 years after its passage ”” by unilaterally delaying the employer mandate and income verification provisions of the law, an act the law doesn’t permit him to do.

Now is not the time for conservatives to turn a squabble over tactics into a circular firing squad. Now is the time to unite and fight to inform, persuade and win the argument, convincing the American people that Obamacare must be stopped….

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Ron Johnson (2013, August 23). GOP United Against Obamacare. Retreived October 1, 2013 from

Would the above article be a good source for credible, factual information on Obamacare? Why or why not?

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