Barack Obama claimed Obamacare would get more popular as the benefits kick in.
And the media as been trying to push the story that Obamacare is now popular.
But one new poll shows just how nervous Obama should be about his signature achievement being erased for good.
The American people have wised up to Obamacare’s disastrous effects.
A new poll for the CATO Institute that was conducted by YouGuv finds the American people reject the idea that tradeoffs of Obamacare are worth the benefits.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“The idea behind this new survey conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the Cato Institute is that it is very easy for people to appreciate a benefit if they are never presented with the cost. Most poll questions on policy, however, present only one policy at a time. Present the trade-off to Americans this poll found, and Obamacare’s provisions tank in popularity.
For instance, consider the Obamacare policy called “community rating,” which, in effect, limits how much insurers can price a patient’s risk into his premium. All else being equal, people like that:
Do you favor or oppose a provision in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, that prohibits health insurance companies from charging some customers higher premiums based on pre-existing conditions?
But all else is not, in fact, equal. Community rating shakes up the entire profit model of insurers. It has two immediate effects. One is that some lower-risk people see their premiums go up in order to meet the higher-risk customers in the middle. So the poll asked this:
What if this meant the cost of your health insurance would go up, then would you favor or oppose prohibiting health insurance companies from charging some people higher rates based on pre-existing conditions?
Another side effect of regulating insurer pricing is taxpayer subsidies for insurance. That, alone, drops the popularity of community rating from 63 percent down to 47 percent. (This poll surveyed about 1,150 adults and had a margin of error of under 3 percent.)
Another provision necessary for the functioning of community rating is the individual mandate, which is famously disliked.”
Despite Obama and the media’s predictions, Obamacare is not – and never will be – a political winner.
The GOP won three elections – 2010, 2014, and 2016 – centering their campaign on a promise to repeal Obamacare.
The only election they lost – 2012 – was because the establishment’s preferred candidate invented Obamacare and took the issue off the table.
Repealing Obamacare is a political winner for the GOP.
They must press ahead.