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  • In The Green Room: Scott Rasmussen on Obamacare's Unpopularity


    Pollster Scott Rasmussen joined us “In The Green Room” to discuss Obamacare on the eve of its one year anniversary. We discussed how the law has remained consistently unpopular—from about 54% of Americans favoring repeal one year ago to 53% still favoring repeal nearly one year later.

    As Mr. Rasmussen pointed out, this is still an issue on the minds of many voters, especially among seniors who are likely impacted most by the new law. While admitting that attention to this issue may not always be this high, Mr. Rasmussen suggested that it will continue to weigh on Americans’ minds. “They will be interested when they see it impacting their life,” he explained, “And that could be in terms of expanded deficits—which is sort of a distant relationship—or it could be when they have to change their insurance coverage or when their doctor says, ‘I have to do this because of the health care law.’”

    But while the future may be unclear, one thing is certain: this issue is not going away any time soon.

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    12 Responses to In The Green Room: Scott Rasmussen on Obamacare's Unpopularity

    1. West Texan says:

      Obamacare is not only unpopular, it's an unconstitutional abomination of overreach into the sovereign affairs of the union's states.

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    3. Bobbie says:

      When I first heard of "single payer" I assumed people were going to be expected to pay their own! I thought the government was going to expect 30 million people holding this country down, acountable to singly pay their own. Please keep the government out of our personal health and away from our loved ones! Please! We will live and die without government and our health won't be compromised because of government.

    4. Dr. Kevin Weiland says:

      If repealing this bill is what is on the minds of most Americans (53% according to the right leaning Rassmussen Poll) then we, as Americans, have to explain to the parents of nearly 90,000 children in my home state of South Dakota, that, once repealed, the for-profit insurance industry can continue to discriminate and deny health insurance to any child with a pre-existing condition.

      And we have to tell our future physician work force that the expanded scholarships and loan repayments–as well as tax relief for those choosing to work in primary care or high-need areas–will be eliminated if the reform is repealed, and then watch as our primary-care base dwindle to nothing as a result. Baby boomers, beware, because in the next decade you will become "of age," with chronic disease and all that goes with it, and you may well not have a qualified primary care physician to visit when you're sick.

      And are we willing to tell our community health centers that they will lose 9 billion dollars set aside for further expansion of facilities, tell our grandparents that preventive services will no longer be reimbursed, and tell Medicare patients who find themselves in the "medication doughnut hole" that their $250 rebate will be eliminated once repeal takes place?

      My experience has been that what people are not "up" on, they are usually "down" on. As this reform unfolds, more and more of us will appreciate the fact that if we lose our job, or want to change jobs, or develop an illness, that we can still have the means for affordable health care, the ability to move to another location and even change jobs we feel trapped in, and not worry about being discriminated against for having a pre-existing condition. Spend no more energy discussing the value of this bill, rather, find the good in it and make the rest better. Lets us take personal responsibility for ourselves and our own health by leading a healthy lifestyle, but lets also embrace this shared responsibility to care for every citizen in the country. Mandating insurance for everyone by 2014 will help eliminate hidden cost-shifting and help mitigate risk for all. The uninsured cost us dearly, not just from preventable illness and loss of productivity, but loss of life, as well. The cost of repealing it and returning to the status quo is no longer a healthy option.

    5. D Wolverton, Virgini says:

      We don't actually have health care in this country. For quite some time, we have had 'sickness care'. You get no 'wellness help', but only get (paid) treatment when you are sick. And this treatment typically only makes you sicker. I bailed out of this system some time ago. So being forced to pay for a system I don't use does raise my dander.

    6. Fallon,NV says:

      It's communism, telling people what they have to buy. This is supposed to be a free country, Not with this administration.

    7. Stirling, Pennsylvan says:

      It goes against all that is America, the way that it was passed (one party vote, backroom deals, and no disclosure until voted on) will forever taint this POS as a boondogle. Even the democrats wont call it obamacare anymore due to the way that it was passed.

    8. Bobbie says:

      Kevin Weiland, for any doctor to support government's involvement between doctor and patient, isn't the kind of quality in a doctor I'm looking for. And for you to belittle South Dakotans for your theatrical words to suggest anyone with the calling would let a government repeal step in their way of who they want to become, is very insulting.

      Under the control of government those of preexisting conditions will be effected in a bad way the most. Over time, government will ration supplies or over medicate. Whether qualified or not government will make the list for you to choose your doctor.

      Government creates regulations and mandates regarding the care of preexisting conditions. For more money and make work. For instance, my doctor would routinely check my eyes as they are directly effected by my condition. No longer does he check something as simple as my eyes because government removed it from the routine. I'm required to see an eye "specialist" regardless of any problem easily detected with a routine check. Make-work. More burden on the patient.

      That was ten years ago and I haven't seen a "specialist" yet. My eyes are seeing very well…

      Heres another tiny example. I use to get regular cleanings for my teeth. All of a sudden my dentist could no longer provide me with that. I had to get uninsured extensive cleaning. At my expense and without a choice. It's really funny how worse my teeth have gotten since these so-called extensive cleanings. I don't trust the dentist anymore…when he wanted me to have a molar capped, that was it! ALL ABOUT THE MONEY AND GOVERNMENT BEHIND IT!

      Since government's intrusion, today's illnesses are manipulated. Chronic ones all the more. It'll be hard to find a doctor true to his calling. You make it obvious you're not with a narrow mind that looks to government only.

    9. Dave Quimby, Santa A says:

      In reply to Dr. Weiland, we are already seeing doctors drop Medicare and Medicaid patients due to reimbursement rate issues. You ascribe to insurance companies a host of derogatory motives. In fact, the insurance industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries (ever hear of state Insurance Commissioners?) and is the one most likely to receive politically favored mandates at the state level. Those in the Fortune 500 have very low profit margins, around 2%. They are told what coverages they have to provide to the citizens of a state in order to conduct business in that state. Obamacare is simply a Trojan Horse designed to eliminate all private insurance and move to a single-payer (i.e., government run) system — key Democrats, most recently John Conyers, have explicitly said so. Once you and your fellow physicians have their incomes regulated and limited by the government, just how many do you think will continue to practice? How many will make the commitment, both of time and money, to become a doctor? We will be faced with shortages of doctors, long waits for treatment, and de facto rationing of care. This is the case in the UK and in Canada; why is it that they, and other nations currently with a single-payer system, are undertaking moves to abandon it? BECAUSE IT DOESN'T WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10. Dave Quimby, Santa A says:

      We would be far better served to convert Medicare to a stipend system, giving seniors financial support (and it should be means tested) to directly purchase their own policies. Interestingly, I believe that AARP, although a supporter of Obamacare, has obtained an exemption for their policies (and they are a very large issuer of health policies to seniors). If we let the free markets work and make individuals more responsible for their own healthcare decisions, feasible and flexible solutions will be found. How many folks clip coupons to shop for groceries? How much energy do we expend searching for sales? Americans will apply this same level of energy, thrift, and creativity to health purchases, if given the freedom to do so. A stipend system would have to be phased in over the next 15 years or so, but it will have the ancillary benefit of eliminating a large source of future debt/budget problems in that we will limit the costs of the programs by fixing the amount of a stipend rather than allow folks to consume virtually unlimited amounts of healthcare and letting the government attempt to control costs via reduced reimbursement rates. That hasn't been successful at all. This will probably impact end of life care significantly — people will make decisions based on the totality of their situation: health, longevity, financial, impact on their families. One may claim that this is a form of rationing — but it is done by the individual based on free choice, not forced upon them by a bankrupt government.

    11. Diana Brown, Illinoi says:

      Obamacare is clearly unconstitutional and should be fully repealed and defunded. Government is way beyond the reach of our liberties and we the people need to stand up and be firm against this intrusion in our lives. We do not want socialistic medicine because we believe in our free market principles and capatlism. The government needs to live our personal liberties alone!!! The 50 states need to step in with their governors to stop this instrusion in our lives!!!

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