December 4, 2013
A new poll from Harvard University\’s Institute of Politics shows young people increasingly cooling to President Obama and his signature domestic achivement, Obamacare. Fifty-four percent of young people (ages 18 to 29) disapprove of the job Obama is doing. A total of 47 percent of young people, including 52 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 24, say they would choose to recall Obama if they could.
Obamacare is undoubtedly a major force in this change among so-called Millennials (61 percent say they disapprove of his handling of health care). The poll found that 57 percent of young people disapprove of Obamacare, with just 38 percent approving of the law. The numbers were not signficantly different when those polled were asked how they felt about the \”Affordable Care Act\” as opposed to \”Obamacare.\” A plurality said the law would make their health care worse (44 percent for \”Obamacare\” and 40 percent for the \”Affordable Care Act\”) while a majority (51 percent for \”Obamacare\” and 50 percent for the \”Affordable Care Act\”) said they believed the amount they would pay for health care under the law would increase.
via Poll: Young People Abandoning Obama over Obamacare | The Weekly Standard.
December 1, 2013
One of the problems with the back-end issues insurance companies are facing is the problem of \”orphan records\”—people who think they\’ve signed up on the web site but the information never actually made it to the insurance company. Those people are going to assume they\’re covered on Jan. 1, 2014. That\’s a possible anecdote factory of people who need care, were covered before, thought they\’d switched to the new program, and are now are shocked and panicked because they\’re not. Another potential headache that needs to be managed is the president\’s promise that people can keep their doctor if they would like to. That won\’t be the case for many people as insurers restrict the choice of doctors to keep costs down. And then there\’s the fact that the IRS will be handling the enforcement of the law—a highly unpopular institution the Republicans have exploited for political gain before.
via Democrats have an Obamacare punch list: The president’s party prepares for more bad health care news..
November 26, 2013
Nearly three out of five (59%) likely voters oppose the mandate requiring the coverage of preventive care services for women which includes all FDA approved contraceptives, including drugs that can destroy a human embryo, and sterilization services without a direct cost to the patient.
November 20, 2013
The 56% of U.S. adults who now say it is not the federal government\’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage continues to reflect a record high. Prior to 2009, a clear majority of Americans consistently had said the government should take responsibility for ensuring that all Americans have healthcare.
via Majority in U.S. Say Healthcare Not Gov’t Responsibility.
October 15, 2013
Although too much ground has already been lost to make a last-ditch switch in tactics more than a very long shot, here’s how a different type of roll-the-dice counteroffer might have been offered earlier this month:
Hill Republicans would agree to reopen the government in return for clear-the-decks voting to amend Obamacare — later this October. That would mean it’s mutually agreed to take up a fairly long, but not unlimited, list of amendments by EITHER side (which could include full repeal, but, for example, also delay in the individual mandate and a host of unresolved housekeeping anomalies in the Affordable Care Act’s mangled text) under an open rule in the House and a pre-negotiated amendment vote-arama in the Senate (i.e., a bipartisan leadership pact to bypass 60-vote thresholds for cloture or supply the necessary votes to overcome budget process points of order).
Each side, for a change, would remain at risk. Who knows what an unfettered majority in either house of Congress might actually support (they rarely are allowed to do so these days). Republicans would get a shot at picking off 5 Senate Democrats on at least some politically difficult choices, and House Republicans would have to keep Senate Democrats from making Obamacare even worse. (Yes, the latter can be done!). Of course, President Obama would be likely to reject most changes in the ACA, but in this case, he would actually have to veto proposals supported by both houses AND the public.
via Try making them an offer they will be too embarrassed to refuse | AEIdeas.
October 12, 2013
Obamacare is not going to defeat itself. If it is going to be taken down, it is up to the Republican party to formulate a coalition of people who have been or will be made worse off because of it. Those people are out there, but Republicans have failed to unite and mobilize them under the party\’s banner. So long as they continue to fail on this front, Obamacare will remain on the books. It has the benefit of our system\’s status quo bias, and Democrats have an 80-year track record of capturing interests through the distribution of benefits, transforming them into party clients, and delivering them at the ballot box.
via Republicans Should Fight or Give Up | The Weekly Standard.
October 11, 2013
For 80 years, American politics has centered around two goals: growing the economy, and ensuring that the surplus generated by growth is spread to all sectors of society. They have defined the boundaries of our two-party conflict, with both sides “merely” disagreeing about the best approach to accomplish these shared goals. There has long been one crucial sub-point of agreement: Government never takes anything from the middle class; government either gives to it or leaves it unaffected. Naturally, the two sides bicker, accusing one another of violating this norm, but it is a sign of the centrality of the custom that redistribution never takes from the center.Until now. Obamacare creates a vast array of winners and losers. Plenty of public policies have done so over the years, but Obamacare is unique in that its losers come almost entirely from the middle class. All across the country, middle-class families are receiving letters from insurance providers telling them their rates are going up, dramatically so. This sets Obamacare apart from most other social welfare programs, especially Medicare and Social Security, whose benefits are universal. It’s “radical” in the sense that it departs from the shared norm that has governed public policy for generations. Democrats are speaking hyperbolically about Republicans violating the rules of the game, but in passing Obamacare, the Democrats have done precisely that.
via Who’s Extreme? | The Weekly Standard.
October 5, 2013
When it comes to the nation as a whole, 45 percent of those polled in April 2010 said the country would be better off under the law, 35 percent worse off, and 11 percent said there wouldn’t be much difference. Now, those responses are 37, 39, and 16 percent, respectively.
via Top 10 Takeaways: Public Opinion on the Affordable Care Act — The American Magazine.
August 17, 2013
House conservatives say grassroots support is building for their effort to risk a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare.
Conservatives who back the strategy said their spines have been stiffened by support at town-hall meetings.
via Conservatives say grassroots support building for ObamaCare shutdown – The Hill’s Healthwatch.
August 16, 2013
Congressional action: In the CBS poll, when asked what they would like Congress to do about the law, 20% said expand it, 16% keep the entire law as it is, 18% repeal the part of the law that requires Americans to obtain health insurance, but keep the rest of the law intact, while 39% wanted to repeal the entire law.
Fox has asked a four-part question, too, and finds similar results in its latest poll from June. In it, 19% wanted to leave the law as it is, 17% expand it, 19% repeal parts of it, and 39% repeal all of it. The “leave as is” and “expand” responses have been remarkably stable in the nine earlier identical questions.
via Health care repeal: What you may have missed in the polls | AEIdeas.