Depending on how the question is asked, “Obamacare”, or the Affordable Care Act, is quite popular or very unpopular among all demographics. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed the individual components of the insurance law are what people truly like about it. Of course, there are those who do not realize Obamacare and the ACA are the same thing, bless their hearts. That should be taken into consideration as well.
- Seven in ten (six in ten Republicans), are in favor of keeping the prohibition on denying insurance for preexisting conditions
- Eight in ten (two out of three Republicans), support
- letting young adults stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26
- Free preventative care
- Subsidies to assist low income households in purchasing insurance
- Expanding Medicaid in states to help cover low-income persons
So what is the problem? The one unpopular piece is the individual mandate. People do not like that they have to purchase insurance or be charged a fine for not doing so. However, that mandate is what allows the system to work the way it it is supposed to. In order to cover everyone who has a preexisting condition, and who will certainly sign up for the coverage, there should be a balance with healthy people on the same insurance. Otherwise, only sick people would sign up, and the coverage would be insanely expensive.
The astounding part of this is the people who will be most affected by the repeal of the ACA live in states that were carried by Trump. Once again it looks like red states are voting against their best interests.
The Urban Institute studied the impact of the partial repeal of the ACA through the budget reconciliation process — precisely what Republicans are proposing to do. By 2019, the study found, this would increase the number of uninsured in Pennsylvania by 956,000 over what it would be if we simply kept the law.
In Tennessee, 526,000 more people would be uninsured. (Corker, it should be said, acknowledged on Friday that “repeal and replacement should take place simultaneously.”) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is threatening to hike the uninsured figure in Kentucky by 200 percent, or 486,000 people.
In Arizona, Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, the number without coverage would rise by 709,000. In West Virginia, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the ranks of the uninsured would go up by 208 percent, more than twice the national average, from 88,000 if the ACA were left in place to 272,000. (WaPo)
Republicans insist on repealing this law, despite polling showing Americans overwhelmingly do not want that to happen. Pew Research released a study this week showing 60% of Americans think the government should be held responsible for making sure all Americans’ health care is covered. Compare that to 38% who disagree (85% of Democrats and 32% of Republicans). Only five percent of Americans think the government should not be involved whatsoever.
Finally, only 39% of Americans think the law should be repealed. Just 37% believe it should be the top priority for the new administration. That aligns very closely with the President-elect’s approval rating, which is not good…Paul Ryan.