More Americans than ever say they don’t like Obamacare:
Support for the health care reform law is at its lowest point since it was enacted four years ago, according to a new poll.
The Associated Press survey found that only 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. Forty-three percent said they are opposed to the law.
A recently released Kaiser Family Foundation poll indicated 38 percent of Americans still support the health care law, but that poll still showed greater disapproval than approval.
What if we could have a health care law that delivers higher health insurance premiums, higher deductibles, and less competitive insurance markets in exchange for increased waits, rationing for care, limited or no access, and poor quality of care?
You read that right.
What if the law also drove doctors and other health care professionals out of their practices? What if it meant a growing shortage of health care personnel because of the many deterrents in current law for students to enter a medical profession?
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) 72% and Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) 75% joined Heritage Action for the 2014 Conservative Policy Summit earlier this month to discuss their health care proposals in the House.
Obamacare has been disastrous for jobs, for businesses, and frankly, for the millions of people who have lost the insurance plans they liked because of the law. Conservatives have always known the law would have these negative impacts, and worked to stop it before it was too late. Now, the Obama Administration is considering “an extension of the president’s decision to let people keep their insurance policies even if they are not compliant with” Obamacare.
Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson said Thursday that the administration may let policyholders keep that coverage for an additional three years, stressing that no decision has been made. Policymakers are waiting to see what rate hikes health insurers plan for the insurance exchanges that are key to the overhaul’s coverage expansions.
The Obama Administration’s latest argument for Obamacare is that some people don’t want to work, and Obamacare makes not working easier for those people.
This new spin comes conveniently in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office report demonstrating Obamacare will push about 2 million workers out of the labor market by 2017.
The liberals of the Obama Administration spun the new data as only they can. Politico Pro reports (sub. req’d):
Instead, the Obama administration says, the health care law will allow people to choose to work less.
Under Obamacare, “individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods, like retiring on time rather than working into their elderly years or choosing to spend more time with their families,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
“At the beginning of this year, we noted that as part of this new day in health care, Americans would no longer be trapped in a job just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” Carney said in the statement. For good measure, he added that “the Republican plan to repeal the ACA would strip those hardworking Americans of that opportunity.” (emphasis added)
This is perhaps the most ideologically revealing statement the Administration has made about Obamacare yet.