Opinion

Obamacare Approval on the Rise?

obamacareI’ve been saying for some time now that criticizing Obamacare without offering a solid alternative helps no one. Check out some recent polling via The Hill:

Support for ObamaCare has climbed to its highest level in more than two years, according to a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released Tuesday.

For the first time since the fall of 2012, the percentage of people who say they support the healthcare law is greater than those who oppose it.

While that result is within the margin of error, with ‪43 supporting the law and 42 percent opposing it, the overall favorability for ObamaCare has risen dramatically since November 2013, when the government’s disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov put the White House on the defensive.

This is happening for two reasons:

  • Many have begun to feel that Obamacare is here to stay and have decided to accept it, do the best they can with it, and move on.
  • No one has offered a solid alternative that people can embrace.

Bottom line: If the GOP intends to talk health care leading up to the 2016 election, there is absolutely no way to do so without a solid, well-marketed Obamacare alternative. How this isn’t obvious to them is beyond me.

Jedediah Bila is a Fox News host and commentator, author, columnist, and former professor and academic dean. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.


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HAM
7 years ago

No PAULO, the death panels WAS called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) but the name was changed to Health Technology Assessment Commission (HRAB). You can change the name but you can’t chane the purpose. It still a panel of bean counters making decisions about life or death on healthcare.

Me thinks we have a TROLL in our midst folks, making comments on the AMAC website. Makes me wonder if maybe you are a member of the Unions who supported passing Obamacare into law and then screamed bloody murder when it appeared you were going to have to actually be covered under it??? They were given special “waivers”, right?? Maybe a member of a Dem’s staff who were given “waivers” also??

Everyone who supported passage of the law and advocates for it still should be REQUIRED to be covered under an Obamacare plan. Plans that are “one size fits all” and who middle class Americans are struggling to pay the exorbitant premiums because “they” don’t qualify for waivers OR subsidies.

HAM
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Sorry that should have been HTAC.

PaulO
7 years ago

Support for Obamacare has climbed because;

Obamacare will eliminate the donut hole in Medicare part D prescription drug plans.

Obamacare lowered the Medicare Part B premiums (No Medicare Part B premium or deductible increase for 2014 or 2015.)

Obamacare allows seniors to receive free preventive services and annual wellness visits.

Obamacare requires health insurance companies to spend at least 80% of premiums on healthcare for seniors not CEO compensation.

Here’s to a long and healthy life for all seniors.

HAM
7 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

What about the Seniors who get cancer at or over age 70 who will be denied medical treatment? What about the “death panels” by non medical personnel who will be making life & death decisions about who will or will not receive medical treatment? What if it’s YOUR child, parent or sibling who is DENIED medical coverage or medicine which may save their life? Will you still tout how good Obamacare is then?

PaulO
7 years ago
Reply to  HAM

Show me the clause in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that shows “Death Panels”.

You can’t because there is none. It was Sarah Palin who made the term up 2009. Sarah used the term to scare her irrational followers.

Only in your and Sara Palin’s mind do these panels exist.

Please stop your fear mongering.

Have a long and healthy life.

Janet
7 years ago

“No one has offered a solid alternative that people can embrace.” I am in complete agreement with Jedediah’s assessment but the Republicans are in a lose – lose situation. If they offer a free market health care alternative they will be portrayed by the Democratic party and the mainstream media as cruel heartless people who want to feed uninsured people to the wolves. It’s easy to buy votes by promising people something for nothing. The Democrats have been doing it since FDR started the New Deal. Even Rand Paul – Mr. Libertarian – has said little about Obamacare.

Ethan allen
7 years ago

The Dems are too slick for the Republicans. They have been giving away the store the last eight years to the uninformed who have no concern about what lies ahead at the end of this rainbow and are not going to jeopardize their entitlements. Nobody in this country is concerned that the money is running out and globally the world is on fire and Obama plays the fiddle. As a history buff, i am saddened to see the decline of this great nation after all the sacrifices of the men and women have endured to make us and keep us the most UNIQUE country since the begining of mankind. Unfortunately, the Dems have convinced too many of us, to believe otherwise. It’s too late to lock the barn door now.

Gerri Michalska
7 years ago

You are so right, Jedidiah,
If the Republicans present no viable alternative to Obamacare they are deadbeats. And so far they appear to be deadbeats after all these years they have had to fix the excessive costs of our healthcare system (private enterprise run amok) they have come up with nothing substantive. Talk is cheap, Republicans.

Diana Erbio
7 years ago

The “Affordable” Care Act has never been fully enacted. President Obama waived many of the problematic parts to hide how bad it really is. That is why many Americans think they like it. Other portions don’t take effect until next year I think…like taxation of Cadillac plans.

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