Surely you re aware of the challenges to what the GOP has called Obamacare…states with Repub control have challenged the law on various grounds and now it is before SCOTUS with a verdict due in June, in the middle of the presidential election show….was that a political choice? I do not know….but after all it is the Robert’s court and they gave us Citizens United….so you decide for yourself…..
the latest poll shows that even with dems this law is unpopular….why is that? The Week magazine has a couple of good opinions on the subject…..
1. The individual mandate is poison
The American people want to see Obama’s health care reforms “wiped from the books,” says Peter Suderman at Reason, and the main reason is the law’s individual mandate, which requires Americans to obtain health insurance. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released last week found that 67 percent of respondents want that part of the law removed. Even many people who otherwise like “ObamaCare” would rather “do away with the entire thing” than keep the whole law, mandate and all. Americans just can’t stomach having the government order people to purchase coverage.
2. Republicans uniformly oppose it
It’s obvious why at least half of the country hates “ObamaCare,” says Joshua Green at Bloomberg Businessweek: The law is “the signature achievement” of Obama’s first term, and that means the Republican Party is united against it. “Were the court to strike down the law, it would be a tremendous blow to Democrats.”
3. The White House lost the messaging war
For years, says Dahlia Lithwick at Slate, all Americans have heard is the steady drumbeat of GOP opposition to the health-care law. And now, in spite of the facts, many Americans think the law is unconstitutional. Blame the Obama administration’s “abject failure” to explain its own law. “Of course the public thinks the law is unconstitutional. They never heard a single word defending it.”
4. The fight is making everyone forget why we need reform
The law’s opponents make it sound like defeating the unpopular individual mandate solves all our problems, says Rick Newman at U.S. News & World Report. But the mandate, by expanding “the pool of people covered by health insurance,” makes popular pieces of “ObamaCare” possible. If it goes, so do subsidies for those who can’t afford insurance, and the ban on denying coverage over pre-existing conditions. Then we’re right back where we started, with a sixth of the population uninsured, and people dying or being financially ruined because they have no health insurance. But no one is talking about such systemic problems. We’re all too busy harping on the “ObamaCare” bogeyman.
Sorry we need health reform and we need it now…..but all this name calling and innuendos back and forth are doing NOTHING for the American people…..remember them? They are who you guys in Washington pretend to care about…..
Now the Repubs fair hair boy, Rep. Paul Ryan, has offered up his interpretation of what is needed for a good health policy….and Ezra Klein writing in the WaPo…….
The bill works like this: The federal government subsidizes Americans to participate in health insurance markets known as “exchanges.” Inside these exchanges, insurers can’t discriminate based on pre-existing conditions. Individuals can choose to go without insurance, but if they do so, they pay a penalty. To keep premium costs down, the government ties the size of the subsidy to the second-least-expensive plan in the market — a process known as “competitive bidding,” which encourages consumers to choose cheaper plans.
The problem with Obamacare is The Affordable Care Act was based on two decades of Republican thinking about health care. The basic structure was first proposed by the conservative Heritage Foundation in 1989, first written into a bill by Senate Republicans in 1993, and first passed into law by a Republican governor by the name of Mitt Romney in 2005.
That is right sports fans…what they demonize as Obamacare is basically a conserv idea from the heritage Foundation….then why is it so toxic?….you may ask…….
The problem for the Republicans, however, is that they don’t have a better — or even alternative — idea. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, “repeal and replace” has been a reliable applause line at tea party rallies and an oft-uttered incantation on the floor of the House of Representatives. But while Republicans have united around “repeal” of health-care reform, they haven’t managed to come up with a policy for “replace.”….writes Klein……
Besides individual savings accounts for health care…what does the GOP have in way of an alternative? I do not like Obamacare much but until someone has a viable alternative….it should be the law of the land…..attack all you want but without an alternative….you have little to say that is important……bumper stickers and cutesy slogans will do little to keep me from dying from cancer…if anything it is a source of amusement for me….a good laugh is very therapeutic!