This is by far the best and most succinct article on the status of ObamaCare I have read in quite a while. – Reeve
By Kathryn Mayer | May 1, 2013
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about top Democratic senator Max Baucus predicting a “train wreck”
coming for PPACA. In a budget hearing nearly two weeks ago, Baucus
expressed his concern that the exchanges for consumers and small
businesses wouldn’t open on time in every state. He also said the
“administration’s public information campaign on the benefits of the
Affordable Care Act deserves a failing grade.”
People worried about Obamacare’s implementation? Not a big surprise.
But a key author of the health legislation screaming about it in a
budget meeting? Not great for morale.
Recently, both HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Obama admitted some flaws in the whole thing — Sebelius admitted
the law would cause higher premiums for some, while Obama just this
week said there will be “glitches and bumps” in the rollout of his
health care law.
This isn’t news, but just how much higher premiums will be and just how bumpy this ride will end up — those are the questions.
One thing’s for sure: the law is losing steam. Public opinion is no longer on Obama’s side: The latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll
found that a majority of Americans have a negative perception of the
law. In the latest tracking poll, 40 percent said they have an
unfavorable view of the law, compared with 35 percent who have a
Oh, but here’s the worst (I mean scariest) part about all of it:
Consumers still don’t get it. Like, they really, really don’t get it.
A staggering number of Americans — 42 percent — apparently didn’t
realize that the Supreme Court held a huge case on the constitutionality
of the law — and voted to keep it. Four in 10 Americans are unaware
that the PPACA is still law and is being implemented. Among them, 12
percent believe the law has been repealed by Congress, 7 percent believe
it’s been overturned by the Supreme Court and 23 percent say they don’t
know enough to say what the status of the law is.
There’s not much else to say besides that’s not OK.
It makes me ask: whose train wreck is this, really? Is it the fault
of the administration who passed and praised and pressed this law, but
haven’t been able to successfully control its implementation? Is it
Republicans who are too prideful for this to work, doing everything they
can to prevent the success of the law?
Or is the trainwreck due to the ignorance of Americans, who
apparently really need to pick up a newspaper or put on C-SPAN for a few
It’s a little bit of everyone. But without being embraced by each of
these groups, the PPACA won’t just be off to an imperfect beginning; it
will be a hot failure.