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It seems the Obama administration saw the writing on the wall after the Obamacare oral arguments ended. According to a Politico report, the administration has spent “at least $2.7 billion since oral arguments in the case ended on March 28” on Obamacare, which is “more than double the amount that was handed out in the three-month period leading up to the arguments." A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human services told Politico that there was nothing to see here, because these funds had been in the pipeline.

The timing, though, is curious and important, because Obamacare funds “would dry up” if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare, but money that is spent before the ruling “won’t have to be repaid, most likely.”

There is an obvious political reason for this -- to try to make Obamacare more popular even as it becomes one of the only pieces of such broad legislation that has become more unpopular the more people hear about. Usually, when legislation is passed, those who become dependent on it do not want parts that they like taken away from them, and with Obamacare, provisions that have been implemented -- like allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they are 26 years of age -- have polled better than other provisions, like the individual mandate, that have yet to be enacted.

Since most of Obamacare’s provisions do not get implemented until 2014, most of the public has not had an opportunity to be dependent on various parts of it, and, with this increase in funding, the Obama administration is trying to accelerate people’s dependence on various aspects of the law to try to make it more popular. Scissors-32x32.png

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