By Henry Decker

Poll: Big Majority Wants To Keep Obamacare

March 13, 2014 1:20 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 101 Comments A+ / A-
Poll: Big Majority Wants To Keep Obamacare

As pundits continue to shout to the heavens that Obamacare is a political disaster, a new poll is telling a very different story.

According to a Bloomberg News poll released Tuesday, 64 percent of Americans support keeping the Affordable Care Act in place. Of that group, 13 percent would keep the law completely intact, while 52 percent would keep it with “small modifications.” Just 36 percent want to repeal the law.

The results represent the highest level of acceptance of the law that a Bloomberg poll has ever found.

While those who want to totally repeal the law are in the minority, they could still make a significant political impact — 73 percent of those who favor repeal say the law will be a “major” decider of their vote in the midterm elections, while just 45 percent of those who support small changes and 33 percent who back the the law in its current form say the same. Additionally, 73 percent of those who want repeal say they will “definitely’ vote, compared to 51 percent of those who want modifications and 54 percent who support the law as is.

Unsurprisingly, the poll reveals a major partisan split — 72 percent of Republicans favor repealing the Affordable Care Act, and 59 percent of Republicans say they personally know someone who has been hurt by the law. Just 14 percent say they know someone who has been helped. By contrast, 48 percent of Democrats say they know someone the law has helped, and 19 percent know someone the law has hurt.

Even Republicans have found parts of the law to love, however — 62 percent of Republicans want to keep Obamacare’s ban on denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and 57 percent want to keep the provision allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance policies until age 26.

Overall, 65 percent support the pre-existing conditions ban, and 73 percent support letting young people stay on their parents’ policies until they turn 26.

The law’s individual mandate is less popular; 51 percent oppose the requirement that all Americans obtain insurance, while 47 percent support it.

Although the law is becoming more popular and accepted over time, that goodwill is not filtering down to President Barack Obama — 54 percent disapprove of the way that he has handled health care. That number, while negative, is improved from 60 percent who thought the same in December, after the bungled rollout of the law’s health care exchanges.

The Bloomberg poll surveyed 1,001 adults from March 7-10, and has a +/- 3.1 percent margin of error. More results from the poll can be seen here.

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  • 4sanity4all

    The only people who want to repeal the ACA do not have an ACA policy, and they do not need it, because they are covered at work with good coverage, most likely. Those of us who have an ACA policy, and love it because we have finally obtained good coverage at a reasonable cost will NEVER want to do away with it.

    • JPHALL

      And as more people get on board the ACA, this will increasingly become a problem for the Republican / Tea party types.

      • dpaano

        JP: It’s already a problem, but the Republican/Tea Party types don’t believe it……they still believe everything they’re told by the rightwing Tea Party GOP’s. It’s unfortunate that they can’t seem to think for themselves or research the facts…..they are just too lazy to do the work and tend to believe what they’re told.

    • A_Real_Einstein

      Actually the majority of Americans that oppose it are over 65 and on Medicare. That would be the GOP base. These jerks would not know a good thing if it bit them. All the ACA has done to them is lower their prescription costs (donut hole) and reduced their co pays (free preventative care). These are racist idiots. These are the same people that supposedly hate govt run health care and do not realize they are on it and it is saving their lives.

      • Canistercook

        Glad to know that many of us over 65 are ‘jerks’ and racist idiots! Perhaps some of us are questioning a poorly thought up, poorly run, expensive system and resent the Dictator’s right to choose and exempt which parts of it he chooses.

        • Redsfanx

          This is the over 65 crowd that has Medicare insurance coverage and couldn’t care less that many of the younger crowd are getting reasonable coverage through the Affordable Care Act. They find it tough to realize that times are changing.

          • highpckts

            I resent being lumped in with over 65 group that you say couldn’t care less! I am over 65 and couldn’t be more pleased with the ACA! Your attitude does not bode well for this upcoming generation that so easily lumps everyone into categories! You are part of the problem!

          • plc97477

            And for the better as far as I am concerned.

          • angelsinca

            “the over 65 crowd …couldn’t care less that many of the younger crowd are getting reasonable coverage. They find it tough to realize that times are changing”

            Not really. Nothing could be FURTHER from the truth. Where did you get this notion? Seniors (like your parents and grandparents) care deeply about health are for the youth. Medicare does not assure affordable care, ESPECIALLY for seniors.

          • Allan Richardson

            I turned 65 last year and got on “Johnsoncare” which, unfortunately, still needs a supplement, but is much better than I could have gotten the year before in the private market. Some of us DO care about the younger generation: we have CHILDREN and some of us GRANDCHILDREN who will be affected.

        • JPHALL

          What dictator? Everything Obama has done was voted on by both the House and Senate. His executive orders involved nothing that required a vote. Despite all the noise from Fox News and others, no one in Congress has written an Impechment Bill, nor are any forthcoming for the simple reason that nothing done by Obama has been proven illegal. Give some evidence to support your claims of a dictatorship.

        • highpckts

          Oh please! I know I’m not a jerk or racist and am also recently on Medicare. I also remember vividly what my insurance rates were, going up 25 per cent a year, lifetime caps and refusal to pay for items at their discretion! I am all for the ACA from the “dictator” as you so generously call our President! If these thing were exempted temporarily, it was to not work a hardship on certain people! You sir, are the jerk!

        • A_Real_Einstein

          Yup
          Folks like you have perfected being stupid bigots. According to the CBO, Obamacare when fully implemented will REDUCE THE DEFICIT by $1,000,000,000,000 over ten years. That is because it promotes preventative care like treating people for hypertension early as opposed to a stroke. When people have insurance they use it and treat things when they are small as opposed to life threatening which drives overall costs down. Additionally, when the hospitals do not have to provide free health care for the masses it drives down the cost for those who do pay for services. It eliminates unreimbursed care. The Medical Loss Ratio limits the profits that insurers can make further reducing costs. There is no question this is working and will work in the future. All you have to do is leave your trailer and take a long walk to Mass. and look for yourself and discover how well this is working after 8 years. Would you like to go back to a system where my daughter and I are denied insurance because of a pre existing condition? If you would like to change things you might want to win election. God forbid that should happen and Paul Ryan and his ilk take away your Medicare and SS. You are a fool.

          • angelsinca

            “Obamacare when fully implemented will REDUCE THE DEFICIT by $1,000,000,000,000 over ten years.”

            That’a a only a 100 billiion dollar reduction to an annual deficit that’s over $500 billion for a national debt that is now $17,000,000,000,000 and growing.

        • Rhonda Thissen

          You immediately lost me with the dictator thing. Up until then, I was listening to your view. FAIL.

          • Allan Richardson

            Didn’t the greatest of our Presidents get called a “tyrant” by his assassin? April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theater.

      • Lake girl

        Yes, from what I am experiencing are that most of the people against ACA are old white racist bigots, but not all. These racist people, many educated with degrees, don’t think that if the ACA is repealed, then Medicare is next.

        • angelsinca

          By far, this is the most bigoted comment here. Do you have demographic data to back up the racist claim?

    • Guest

      Most of you who have an ACA policy and like it are probably heavily subsidized by the tax payers.

      • jointerjohn

        The uninsured who obtain their health care in emergency rooms are subsidized by taxpayers. Anyone who obtains treatment in a Hill-Burton hospital is subsidized by taxpayers. Most importantly, those who have obtained ACA policies likely ARE taxpayers, because if they weren’t they would be on Medicaid. Now go be stupid somewhere else and let the grown-ups talk.

        • highpckts

          Amen over and over again!!

        • Rhonda Thissen

          Survey says: DING DING DING

        • angelsinca

          What do you think Medicaid is? It’s all under the ACA umbrella. Some states are bound by that additional subsidy, some are not. Playing an adult is hard.

      • mah101

        And if you have insurance through your work you are subsidized by your employer, and if you have medicare…

        I’m not sure what your argument is? That no one should be subsidized? That if you can’t afford health insurance you should just die, all the while placing the burden of your healthcare costs firmly on others?

      • ThomasBonsell

        And those who get their healthcare insurance though employment are subsidized by millions who have no insurance for themselves.

        It works this way: the cost of your insurance is income, and you don’t pay taxes on that income. It is “free stuff” for you. Your employer then takes a deduction on its tax returns even though under our system it is a cost of doing business. More “free stuff”..

        A self-employed person, such as a single mother who cleans houses for a living, has to pay both parts of the payroll tax (employee and employer). That is 15.3% of her income from the first dollar earned. Since Ronald Reagan jacked up the payroll tax by hundreds of billions of dollars (about three trillion over the past three decades), the payroll tax has produced massive surpluses. Those surpluses must go to the Treasury to buy debt instruments, and that pays the taxes you don’t pay for your “free stuff”.

        Be satisfied with yourself for mooching off that single mother who can’t afford health insurance for her children and herself. The ACA might benefit her, and you may hate that thought.

      • 4sanity4all

        You are wrong about me- I receive NO subsidy, and I pay the entire premium, but I am so happy for the provision that my ACA policy covers my pre-existing condition, that I do not mind paying $80 more per month for much better insurance than I had.

      • highpckts

        There you go again! Heavily subsidized by the taxpayers!! Most of you have insurance through ACA! Who are you talking about? What proof do you have? So everyone is being supported by you the put upon “tax payer”? Oh my God! You are so freaking generous!

    • 2010HDSTGLIDE

      People who do not like the ACA are probably like myself who have seen a large premium increase (25%) and are not eligible for any subsidies courtesy of tax payers.

      • dpaano

        But, I bet you get more for your money than you did with your old policy……

        • 2010HDSTGLIDE

          I got to keep my old plan like I was told only at a higher price.

          • Paul Bass

            If you are still on your “old” non-ACA compliant policy, then it was YOUR INSURANCE company that raised your rates, NOT the ACA! All “old” plans are the work of the individual insurance company.

            So NO, ACA DID NOT raise your rate, your insurance company did.

          • 2010HDSTGLIDE

            You are correct in that my insurance company did raise my rate. You are incorrect in the reason behind the increase. ACA caused the increase.

          • Lake girl

            This is an insurance company rip off. They tell you that your rates are going up because of ACA. But they don’t tell you that you can go to Healthcare.gov and get the same type of policy at a cheaper rate.

          • dpaano

            And you probably don’t get much of the benefits of an ACA policy, and if you do, this is the reason why you have to pay more for your old plan. As for your comment about having to subsidize maternity coverage…..first, don’t most men have something to do with a woman being pregnant; and I have to subsidize your Viagra. So, I think we’re even on this one!

          • 2010HDSTGLIDE

            I guess you comment about things you nothing about. I don’t need Viagra and if I did I’m pretty sure I would have to pay for it myself. As far as maternity coverage I have always paid for my responsibilities and if more people did I would not have to pay theirs.

          • dpaano

            And I don’t need maternity care either, but I pay it forward for someone who does need it. And, no, Viagra is covered by both Medicare and most private insurances…..at least I know that mine covers it (Aetna).

          • highpckts

            Well my my! Aren’t you self righteous! You pay every time an uninsured person uses the emergency room! You think the hospitals do that out of the goodness of their hearts? It shows up in a hike in your rates! Poor you! Pay, pay, pay!!

          • 2010HDSTGLIDE

            Someone on this site finally got something right. Congratulations. I will pay one way or the other.

          • highpckts

            Well said!!

          • ThomasBonsell

            You do not have the exact same plan you had before the ACA. That old plan could have been cancelled at any time the insurance company thought you were a financial burden and the new ACA plan has no ceiling limiting the amount of coverage you get.

            It is not the same old plan; it’s a much better plan.

          • 2010HDSTGLIDE

            You must have read my plan.

          • highpckts

            Then blame your freaking insurance company who dearly love to raise rates for no apparent reason! Been there, done that!

          • 2010HDSTGLIDE

            I do blame my insurance company.

          • plc97477

            At least now if they raise the rates too much we will receive a refund because at least 80% of the money we spend for our insurance needs to cover our medical needs.

          • Bill

            That’s your insurance company not ACA, why don’t you go on ACA and see what it costs there, what do you have to loose.

          • 2010HDSTGLIDE

            I will try that.

          • plc97477

            Make sure you read the fine print very well then.

        • angelsinca

          Because of the ACA, we get less coverage and have to more for it. Our premiums are higher, our copays are higher and our deductibles are no longer affordable. Basically, we can’t afford to use health care now because of the ACA.

      • highpckts

        Of course you are comparing the exact same policies with the exact same coverage with no lifetime caps? Oranges to oranges? Probably not!!

      • Lake girl

        It depends on your state. Many Republican governors (like Scot Walker of WI) have refused the ACA funds which include the subsidies. If your governor is Republican, check to see if your state refused the ACA funding. I know a person in IL who makes $20,000 a year, and all of his insurance is paid through ACA. If he lived is WI, he would not qualify because Gov Walker refused the subsidies.

    • dpaano

      I have insurance through my job; however, I’m all for ACA. I pay a small fortune for my insurance at work; however, it’s about the same if I were to go with the ACA policy. I just happen to be happy with what I currently pay and what I get…..the day will come when I’ll retire and either get Medicare or ACA, and I’ll be happy to get what is available to me without having to worry about anything!

    • Joel

      Have no idea who is getting good coverage from work. Calculate what comes out of your check and co- pays is not affordable. Hope you do not get sick. A large majority of healthcare bankruptcies are from those who work. Employer sponsored insurance is minimal at best.

    • Allan Richardson

      You and all the people who have ACA policies are an automatic voter base to oppose repealing it, but you NEED TO VOTE. I know it is more difficult for lower income workers to vote, but please MAKE THE EFFORT, even in midterms. Spin masters use the fact that the Tea Party radicals ALWAYS turn out for their candidates, while Democrats only turn out (MAYBE) when a spectacular Presidential nominee is running (note: if Democrats voted in Tea Party numbers in 2000, we would NEVER have had Dubya to deal with; just because Gore was not the most exciting possible nominee for the Democrats, staying home or voting for Nader was not the smartest thing to do).

      The TP voters are motivated to vote by FALSE FEAR; we need to instill some FEAR OF THE GOP in progressive voters, or we will always be outvoted even though we are the majority … but not the majority of those who TURN OUT.

  • itsfun

    If this poll is right, why are so many Democratic politicians running from the Obamacare tax?

    • Paul Bass

      The tax is different from the actual ACA program. The Tax is if you DON’T get the insurance, you have to pay a penalty (i.e. “tax”). I think most Democrats are more worried about the Affordable Care Act itself, rather than the tax for non-compliance.

      • itsfun

        It is a tax. the supreme court said so. It is only constitutional as a tax. Making Americans purchase a product is unconstitutional according to the Supreme Court. Congress has the constitutional authority to pass a tax, but not the authority to pass a law requiring Americans to purchase a product. Calling it a tax is the way the Supreme Court said it is constitutional.

        • Paul Bass

          I agree, that is how the supreme court ruled.

          My point was the Democrats aren’t running from the “tax” aspect (i.e. the penalty being overseen by the IRS) but more from the actual “implementation” of the ACA. They are worried with all the “Obamacare” lies spread by the republicans, that their support for ACA will cause them to lose votes come November.

          • itsfun

            Lies on both sides are killing this law. Obama saying you can keep your doctor and current plan if you like them. Remember how Obama told everyone, his plan would not cost as much as their cell phone. Telling lies is not limited to one political party.

        • Angela Walker

          Um, I don’t know where to start with all the inaccuracies in your post. Please try to get help. :D

          • smilee

            That is a cop out, what inaccuracies??

          • Trace Smith

            You and your friends have been busy. I should get into the same career..but then, I couldn’t live with myself knowing I’m preaching Government tyranny.

        • dpaano

          Gee, do you want to explain this…..if it’s unconstitutional to require us to have health care insurance, why is it not unconstitutional for the states to require us to get and pay for a driver’s license? A business license? AND, if you knew what you were talking about, you’d know that it wasn’t President Obama that called it a “tax,” this was decided by the Supreme Court (which is made up of a great many conservatives).

          • itsfun

            getting a drivers license is a privilege, not a mandatory law. Same thing as a business license. You don’t have to drive or own a business. It is a tax, otherwise it doesn’t exist.

          • Canistercook

            Because one does not have to drive or operate a business but we have all decided we cannot leave an injured or sick person to die. We are being taxed by an overpriced industry to pay their bills with ACA.

        • flyinjs

          What about car insurance? I know it is off topic but are we not “forced” to get insurance or don’t drive? I don’t believe that someone can be denied Emergency healthcare…It should be a right to be helped shouldn’t it? Or do the so called lazy people, mentally disabled be tossed away because of costs. For those that use religion as a lightning rod are sure going to have it rough at the “gates”

          • itsfun

            Yep, we are forced to get car insurance if we drive. Must be great to be in a business the government says you must buy their product. Healthcare should be available to everyone. My feelings are folks that are mentally or physically disabled should always get the best care possible from our government. Either Medicare or Medicare. I think in our society, we should help the folks that are disabled. From what I have seen so far though, is the healthcare plan is not helping those that didn’t have insurance before the law. The highest percentage of folks getting obamacare are the ones that had plans cancelled. I thought the plan was suspose to be for the uninsured folks, not to punish the folks that already had insurance. People have got to have insurance, this just isn’t the answer in any way, shape or form. I think it is 29 changes already. Now with no mandates at all, aren’t we back to the way it always was?

          • Trace Smith

            Exactly!!!! We had Medicade and Medicare for people unable to afford INS… We’re changes needed within the INS industry…yup. Within the INS industry!!! Not to be taken over by a tyrannical Government…and don’t even get me started concerning what’s in the Obamacare health plan….

  • Marsha Matthews

    LMAO … did you hear it? It was millions of teabaggers heads imploding (to explode would indicate there was something residing between a teabaggers ears aside from hot air) …

  • Trace Smith

    Bullshit!!!!! Are you kidding me!!!! This article is laughable!

    • Angela Walker

      You mean because it accurately reports the poll findings but doesn’t go along with what you and your fellow Tea types wish to believe? Reality’s a bitch, ain’t it, pookie? :D

      • Trace Smith

        Lmaoo the same people follow you around uping your comments…busted!!!! Lmfaooooo

    • mah101

      Powerfully and articulately stated. The crude phrasing and extra exclamation marks certainly command attention and draw one to the power of your statement, concealing – albeit briefly – the attempt to supplant reality with your preconceptions.

      • Rhonda Thissen

        Response of the day. A+

    • Trace Smith

      I’m still laughing!!!!!!!! And now what makes me laff even harder is the paid trolls, shills, going threw the comments and trying despretly to make people think that 93% of Americans have changed their minds and are all for obamacare. It goes against our Contstitutional rights…I won’t even get into what’s wrong with this whole Obamacare joke because 93% of us still know what’s up. So, all you paid little scrubbers and trolls gfy. No amount of shilling will change the facts. LOL

  • howa4x

    The only reason that there is an individual mandate is that the insurance companies said to the congress when they were writing the law, that if they couldn’t drop people who are marginally healthy or deny people for preexisting conditions, they would be stuck only insuring sick people and wouldn’t be able to make a profit. Because our illness intervention and management system is profit driven, the profit needs of the insurance companies were taken into consideration and their request to have healthy people be forced to buy insurance was granted. This is the only reason young healthy people need to buy it, for the economic health of the insurance companies and their investors. This is the biggest reason people don’t like the law but one the republicans won’t change if they are in power, since they are slaves to Wall St.
    If we want real change than we need a government hybrid system that people can buy into at a lower price with a sliding scale,and leave the insurance market to employer based health benefits.
    None of this will work because we as a people don’t take care of our bodies. 65% of us are overweight, and close to 1 million die every year just due to 2 diseases, heart and cancer. So unless we all make a commitment to our own health we will constantly struggle about how to pay for disease, which is the argument today and will be in the future.

    • Lake girl

      To reduce costs, We need to get insurance companies out of our healthcare. All other advance countries have done so.

      • Pete Prez

        All Insurance is crap and a scam. UI, Dental, eyecare, homeowners etc. all designed to seperate you from your money.

  • FT66

    It is quite simple. No one wants to keep anything they do not want. If the majority say they want to keep ACA, slowly, slowly, they are realising the benefit of it. Those who are looking for our votes in the coming elections, must support it and don’t run away from it. Whether you are a congressman/woman or a Senator you must hear what the people are saying. You are not going to ask us to help you by making contributions, if you do not fall in line of what people want. Remember, there is always a say: NO money for nothing!

    • Canistercook

      Sweets are bad for your teeth and few offered them for free or discounted heavily reject them.

  • Dawn

    Only polling Obama’s staff doesn’t make it accurate. They must not be polling Californians. Try to find one person in Ca that’s for it. You won’t. They just turned down my retired down stairs neighbor who can’t afford her Medicare. How is that even possible. Forced by law to except this whacked out thing. To give people a cheaper ins. But deny someone who could use it. If we have to be forced to support it. They shouldn’t be allowed to deny anyone. I hope they repeal it. And hope our next. Pres can fix at least a third of what Obama has jacked up. Makes me sick I voted for him first time around. But again im in Ca so my vote doesn’t count anyway. President is always announced before we even close our poles

    • dpaano

      Excuse me….I’m from California, as are many of my friends, and we ALL support ACA. Please don’t put words in the mouths of people that you know nothing about!! As for denying your neighbor, I find that hard to believe since NO ONE CAN BE DENIED. And, your neighbor probably makes too much income to afford her Medicare, but she COULD probably get a policy through the ACA for a much cheaper rate. I know because basically the same thing happened to friend of mine…..but she was able to get a policy with a low rate. Since I don’t know all the facts, and probably neither do you, it would be hard to comment. But, again, please don’t deem yourself so important that you can say exactly that there isn’t “one person in California that’s for it” because you are totally incorrect!!! I AM one person, and I AM for it!

      • dodgerfan42

        I, too, am a Californian who loves Obamacare even though I am covered by my company plan. Obamacare enabled me to get my daughter back under my coverage a few years ago until she turned 26. Then she was covered under COBRA – same plan but about $650-700/m. Last October 1st she logged on to the CA site for Obamacare, found a number of plans that her current doctors were on, and signed up.
        She is now paying about $325/m and that is without a subsidy. Republicans do not know what they are talking about – and seem not to care.

    • smilee

      You have been misinformed the ACA law changed nothing in Medicare or Medicare/Medicaid combinations and remember medicaid rules are set by the state. The ACA only added benefits to Medicare it took none away and reduced payments to the so called Advantage Plans in Medicare C providers to be the same as Medicare B plans but this had no effect on the medicare recipient so you are blaming this (if accurate) on a law that does not deal with what you say it does..

  • Dolmance

    Republicans are in collective need of an exorcist.

  • dpaano

    Yet, uninformed Republicans keep insisting that NO ONE wants Obamacare….apparently, they are brainwashed into believing just what the Tea Party GOP WANTS them to believe despite any poll(s) to the contrary! Either that, or they figure the more they say it, the more they’ll actually believe it.

    • Canistercook

      No, many question how it will be affordable with all our obese and idle people?
      Of course those being subsidized will love ACA.

      • http://www.thecosmicsurfer-rantingsofamadwoman.com/ Cosmic_Surfer

        You mean 60% of the nation? Possibly even you. Obesity is being 10% over the accepted weight for height and age To get there, one only has to consume more than they can burn. That does not mean “idle”…Every fast food meal and snack is loaded with hidden calories and most people have no idea what they consume..That said, you seem to be trying really hard to promote a paradigm of knowledge about ACA for someone who says they have no clue as to what is in it

  • Mark Forsyth

    Interestingly,the GOP thinks it can win the mid-terms by kicking a dead horse ie: ACA.Meanwhile the pundits continue to fan the fear flames.Democrats have a ton of work to do if they are going to prevail in November and have got to get the positive message out and the voters to the polls.

    • Pete Prez

      The GOP will win, and they will take control of the Senate. There is an underlying issue that the Democrats cannot simply grasp, and that is their attack on the 2nd ammendment. Millions of voters vote GOP (against their interests), and that is because the 2nd ammendment is the 1st thing that would go if the Democrats controlled both houses and executive.

      • Mark Forsyth

        The gop is a threat to your life and our Democratic Republic as they try to dismantle every program designed to benefit the people and concentrate the wealth into the hands of their corporate fascist masters.But you are too stupid to know it.

  • lemstoll

    The reality.

    • BillP

      Thanks for a good laugh and some reality.

  • Canistercook

    Can’t help but wonder how many ‘read’ the ACA law. Do we really know what is in it? I certainly don’t!

    • http://www.thecosmicsurfer-rantingsofamadwoman.com/ Cosmic_Surfer

      Have you even tried to do so? I suspect not. The law is huge but one can easily get a summary of each section and specific item addressed. In fact, one can get every bill ever written and every action on that bill to include being made law…Library of Congress Thomas – try it….otherwise, google can be your friend. My only issue is that health care should be universal – at minimum Medicare for all

    • lemstoll

      The reality you ignore.

  • MOOSE4U2

    Its all lies from the false king .coverage is going to cost you double what you pay for insurance now. wait till after the elections it will go through the roof.The only people that will make out are the ones that will get it for free . & THE WORKING PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO PAY THE BILL as taxes will climb .

    • A_Real_Einstein

      Yeah Yeah,
      We have been hearing this for 4 years now and the rates are the same and we still have our Drs. I am pretty sure about this after visiting Massachusetts and seeing how well this plan works after 8 years. Give my best to Henny Penny.

    • lemstoll

      “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!!!!!”

  • rkief

    How is it that the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”, if you prefer) is being criticized for doing what every private insurance company does – and must do – and that is, to depend upon the healthy (who are less likely to need health care, and are usually younger) and those who can pay, to pay for those who are older and need more care?

    Every insurance scheme, whether private or public, is socialistic, taking money from those who can pay and giving it to those who cannot pay for some catastrophic unforeseen accident or illness – which could befall anyone. Even the wealthiest among us seldom pay for all of their own medical expenses.

    So I would encourage young people, because one such occurrence could wipe anyone out financially, to opt into Obamacare. The more young involved in the program, the better it will work, and the less expensive it will be.

  • flipped54

    Actually the solution to healthcare coverage is a one payer system….all other developed and developing countries have a one payer system. There is no room for Capitalism in healthcare. Ethics must have a balance along with costs……a characteristic that Capitalism does not have.

  • M1A

    One thing I think we can all agree on is that the old healthcare system is broken. What we disagree on is how to fix it. Personally, I don’t think the ACA (as it’s written) is the answer. There are certain parts of it that I like (like the parts prohibiting denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions), so I don’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water, but the fact is that this bill was crafted by health insurance companies behind closed doors, rammed through the legislative process on purely partisan lines, and forced on the American people in the form of a product that everyone in the country is forced to buy in one form or another. To say it’s unprecedented would be an understatement.

    Government wants more control over people’s lives, and insurance companies want more profits, so there’s something in this law for both of them (naturally, since insurance companies helped craft the law, with the aid of their paid employees in Congress).

    Most of the people I’ve talked to about the subject are paying more for less coverage, and that includes people who have insurance through work, people who are self-employed and buy on their own, and people who bought through the ACA exchange.

    I had health insurance through work and was happy with the coverage and the cost, but I had to leave that job, and of course lost the coverage. Through lots of comparison shopping, I discovered that singing up for health insurance through the ACA exchange was my cheapest option (though only by a few dollars per month). The amount I’m paying now is double what I used to pay, for just over half the coverage I used to have.

    From my point of view, Big Government viewed the ACA as a step towards their ultimate goal of a 100% government-run, single-payer system. Insurance companies viewed it as an excuse to jack up premiums and rake in record profits.

    I’m young and in decent health (aside from a non-life-threatening pre-existing condition), and during the period that I was uninsured, I paid all of my own medical bills. I would prefer to keep doing that, but now I’m forced to pay more for less.

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