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Obamacare increasingly unpopular

Posted by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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Examiner Editorial: Obamacare's stumbles pose political risks for Dems

November 28, 2012 | 6:00 pm 
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Photo - WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28:  U.S. President Barack Obama holds a pen while saying he is ready to sign legislation taht would extend tax cuts for middle class people during an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building November 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. With the end-of-the-year "fiscal cliff" looming over lawmakers in Washington, Obama will meet with 14 chief executives at the White House later in the day.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: U.S. President Barack Obama holds a pen while saying he is ready to sign legislation taht would extend tax cuts for middle class people during an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building November 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. With the end-of-the-year "fiscal cliff" looming over lawmakers in Washington, Obama will meet with 14 chief executives at the White House later in the day. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

When Democrats suffered their historic 63-seat loss in 2010, a plurality of voters (48 percent) told exit pollsters that they wanted Obamacare repealed. Only 16 percent said they wanted to see the law left as is, and 31 percent said they wanted to see it expanded.

Fast-forward to this November, when Obama won re-election despite winning fewer votes than he did in 2008. Even though the 2012 electorate was far more liberal than the one that delivered Democrats historic losses in 2010, Obamacare actually fared worse in the exit polls than it did in 2010. Just 26 percent of those who voted in 2012 said they wanted to see Obamacare expanded, only 18 percent said they wanted to leave it as is, and the percentage of Americans saying they wanted to see Obamacare repealed was up to 49 percent.

Yesterday, Gallup released a poll showing that, for the first time since it started taking the poll in 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage. Those numbers are likely to rise as Obamacare's implementation begins.

At least with respect to Obamacare, the president's re-election settled nothing. Obamacare is still extremely vulnerable because it remains highly unpopular with the American public.

In California, one of the few states that has made any significant progress establishing a health insurance exchange that is compliant with Obamacare regulations, state regulators have warned existing policyholders that their insurance premiums will rise by as much as 25 percent once the exchange comes online. The reason is that Obamacare forces all insurers to sell policies at regulated rates to anyone who applies, regardless of medical history. As individuals with greater medical needs enter the insurance market, thus driving up health care spending, insurers will simply have to raise premiums on everyone to make up the difference.

That's the best-case scenario. Most states are nowhere near on track to meet the October 2013 exchange deadline. Sixteen states have already announced they have no intention of even trying to meet it. Obama's own Department of Health and Human Services will have to set up and run the exchanges for them -- and HHS has never successfully completed a project anywhere near this large. Its last large project -- the implementation of Obamacare's high-risk insurance pools -- did not go well. Enrollment was far, far below expectations, and spending per patient was double projections.

In 2014, seven Democratic Senate seats will be up for grabs in states Mitt Romney carried (Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia). Unless Obama's HHS bureaucrats pull off an unprecedented miracle of central planning, Obamacare could well sink Democrats again in 2014, the same way it did in 2010

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_Kissy_
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM
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Thats why Obama wasn't reelected, oh wait..

Lol.
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erika9009
by Silver Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM
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It's looking more and more like the Dems took us out of the frying pan and tossed us into the fire with ObamaCare.

Now, what we really have to watch for in grand anticipation is how the Dems are going to make this George Bush's fault.

popcorn

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Carpy
by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 1:56 PM
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Elections have consequences.
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MsDenuninani
by Bronze Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 2:08 PM
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Quoting Canvas_says:

 The reason is that Obamacare forces all insurers to sell policies at regulated rates to anyone who applies, regardless of medical history.

You didn't highlight that part in blue.

That part is very important.  It's the part that tells people that if you have a pre-existing condition (like me), insurance companies can't single you out.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Nov. 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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Here comes the "so" many doctor visits..."so" many ER visits per month.....you just wait and see..I've already been listening to people talking about it.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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Obamacare has been increasingly unpopular for 4 years. Ain't gonna change.

I predict more and more Constitutional challenges. Hopefully if they go to the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts will grow a pair, and use his natural impressive intelligence, instead of being cowed by political correctness or fear of a president who does not care for the American taxpayer.

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM
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Ours already went up another 24% for next year. A lot of us have said all along this would NOT make insurance more affordable. Now you will be forced to buy what you couldn't afford or pay a fine.

SIGH
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gsprofval
by Gold Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM
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Yes, this exactly and then healthcare will be rationed so it won't be worth any thing any way.

Quoting DSamuels:

Ours already went up another 24% for next year. A lot of us have said all along this would NOT make insurance more affordable. Now you will be forced to buy what you couldn't afford or pay a fine.

SIGH


erika9009
by Silver Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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Quoting MsDenuninani:


Quoting Canvas_says:


 The reason is that Obamacare forces all insurers to sell policies at regulated rates to anyone who applies, regardless of medical history.

You didn't highlight that part in blue.

That part is very important.  It's the part that tells people that if you have a pre-existing condition (like me), insurance companies can't single you out.

I certainly agree that you "got the shaft" in the old system with your condition.  The dilemma for the rest of us now is that we all have to pay more.

What they really should have done with preexisting conditions is to make you take a term type insurance policy.  So, they will cover your condition right away, but you have to keep the policy and pay on it for 3 yrs minimum or something.

What I see happening is people will only get a policy right when they are sick.  Then a month later, they will drop it.

On the other hand, I can see insurance abuse by creating policies that have min terms and such that are like 10 yrs

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Bek22
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

surprised

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