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  • New Poll: Americans Want Obamacare Repealed

    Just as the Supreme Court has decided to take up the court cases challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, a new Gallup poll shows that the plurality of Americans–including even a plurality of independents–want to see the law repealed. Meanwhile, a new survey by the PwC Health Research Institute shows that health care and the deficit are tied as the second-most important issue in the presidential election, after jobs.

    Gallup reports that, “Given a choice, 47% of Americans favor repealing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while 42% want it kept in place.” Breaking the numbers down by party affiliation, 80 percent of Republicans, 48 percent of independents, and 21 percent of Democrats are in favor of repealing the law. Among those who want to see it repealed, Gallup says that “66 percent of those favoring its repeal [say] it is very important that Congress take this action.”

    The Gallup poll follows a report in late October by the Kaiser Family Foundation showing that 51 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the law, while only 34 percent see it favorably, marking a “low point in Kaiser polls since the law was passed.” The reason: the decline in support was “driven by waning enthusiasm for the law among Democrats, among whom the share with a favorable view dropped from nearly two-thirds in September to just over half (52%) in October.”

    There is good reason for the opposition and health care’s prominence in the presidential election. In 2011, the price of family health care premiums increased by 9 percent and, according to Kaiser Family Foundation CEO Drew Altman, Obamacare was responsible for approximately 20 percent of that increase. Those costs will only go higher as other parts of Obamacare are implemented. Heritage’s Kate Nix explains the effect of one such provision:

    Obamacare institutes a premium tax on health insurers that offer full coverage beginning in 2014. Before it became law, Heritage expert Edmund Haislmaier wrote that such a tax would increase health care costs, increase taxes, create new inequities, be disingenuous, create perverse incentives, distort the market, and expand federal power.

    In a recent study by the consulting firm Oliver Wyman showed that this tax will increase insurance premiums by, on average, 1.9 to 2.3 percent in 2014. The impact will grow with time, reaching 2.8 to 3.7 percent by 2023.

    There’s even more to the story behind Obamacare’s unpopularity. This fall, Americans watched as the CLASS Act–the long-term care insurance component of the health care legislation–was put on the back burner as a result of its unsustainable cost, prompting Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to admit that the CLASS program can’t work, despite insisting earlier that it could (in the face of all evidence to the contrary). And since Obamacare was enacted, Americans have seen the federal government grant Obamacare waivers to unions and businesses to avoid loss of existing coverage caused by expensive new insurance requirements.

    The new costs of the law are having a direct impact on America’s job creation. Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, testified before Congress that Obamacare will increase his company’s health care costs by an estimated $18 million per year—a 150 percent increase. That money would otherwise have been used to expand the company and create new jobs.

    When Obamacare was enacted, Heritage president Ed Feulner said that, “Instead of empowering families and individuals to make their own choices, Obamacare empowers the bureaucracy to make those decisions for them.” Feulner predicted that though the left would say that the law would be popular with the American people, the realities of the law would turn public opinion in the opposite direction. In his words, ”Americans will not stand for it.” With the costs of health care increasing, the truth about Obamacare becoming more apparent, and opposition to the law growing, he appears to be right.

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    8 Responses to New Poll: Americans Want Obamacare Repealed

    1. Tom says:

      Repeal it.

    2. Bobbie says:

      there is no reason it shouldn't be repealed on the basis of it's false representation, financial instability, questionable quality of care, special interest factors, unequal benefits with hidden problems and government controlled corruption galore! to simplify, it's unconstitutional.

    3. CraigJCasey says:

      Why wouldn't the public will repeal of something that costs them money? Insurance rates have jumped since Obama decided to make things more "affordable." And the rationing has not even kicked in yet. Except for the shortage of drugs. healthcare rationing is not like standing in line at the DMV, it can kill you; http://www.cobrahealth.com/Obamacare-rationing.ht

      • ValP says:

        Health care costs have been going up anyway, and health care has been rationed by health insurance companies. I'm not saying that Obamacare is not increasing the costs, but here are a lot of factors and a lot of misinformation out there too.

    4. Vernon Franko says:

      I am an Insurance Agent and I am vehemently opposed to mandated health insurance. I do support coverage for preexisting conditions. I do not carry health insurance because I pay my own health care related bills, by default this law would make me a criminal simply because I pay my own bills. What a crock.

      Anyone who has a thorough understanding of insurance can easily see the problem with this law.

      The problem with the law is that it does not address national health care. There is nothing in the bill to control the spiraling cost of health care nor the quality of care provided..

      What the law does do is criminalize being poor. So basically if you can't afford health insurance or you just prefer to pay your own health care bills. You will by default be a criminal. Yes it is a misdemeanor offense but none the less it will be a crime come 2014 if you can not afford health insurance.

      The "Mandate" incorporated into the law must be repealed. Failure to do so will result in as much as 40 percent of the American public being declared criminals for no other reason than that they are to poor to buy health insurance.

      If you think big corporations have to much power and influence in Washington now, What do you think is going to happen when we take over 2 trillion dollars annually out of our economy and place it into the hands of Fat Cat Insurance companies? How much of that money do you think will make it back to Washington in the form of campaign contributions.

      Wake up America and look beyond your own desires. I'm in the insurance industry and I can assure you your premiums will not decrease and the quality of your care will not be improved by this mandate. This will be the biggest raping of the American Public in History.

      • jane says:

        Sir, sure hope you don't have a heart attack and need quadruple bypass surgery or anything serious. Just the hospital bill for my husband (not counting surgeon, anesthesia, consulting physicians etc…) $159,000. We would have had to joined everybody else in America taking the easy way out… file bankruptcy. It is pretty sad that an insurance agent does not believe in his own work.

        • Verna says:

          Jane…..the insurance agent didn't say it, but I'm guessing he has a personal "health care savings plan." There are programs out there that help you save and invest to cover the kinds of emergencies you spoke of.

          Also……I believe the agent's point is that Obamacare would make things WORSE, not better because it would force insurance rates to be increased exponentially to survive. AND, the taxpayer would also be forced to pay about 40% more in taxes to cover insurance mandates. That 40% would be a nice chunk to put into a healthcare savings plan and not be tied to limited medical services. Indeed, your husband's medical service was complex…..Do you think that same kind of medical service will be offered? Hasn't worked that way in Canada or many European countries that have gone to socialized medicine. What would be different here from them?

        • Vernon Franko says:

          Jane, I sympathize with you and your husband. I did not say I didn't believe in Insurance. It's great that you and your husband can afford health Insurance in your time of need. But to say that poverty should be criminalized so that your premiums can be a few dollars lower, which most every insurance professional knows is untrue, Is immoral.

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