Why the Republicans really hate Obamacare

With ever more information/results coming in, it is pretty clear that, while certainly imperfect, Obamacare is basically working as intended.  And by any account, far from the total disaster Republicans were predicting.  So, what’s a Republican to do?  Admit the actual problem with Obamacare– great post by Chait:

Conservatives spent years predicting Obamacare would collapse in all manner of gloomy scenarios. But those predictions all occurred in the run-up to the law coming on-line, on the basis of sketchy, preliminary data or pure conjecture. But in the months since the law has come into effect, a steady stream of far more solid data has come in, and the doomsaying predictions are being hunted to extinction. The right’s ideological objections to Obamacare remain, but I can’t think of a single practical analytic claim they made that still looks correct. Just within the last week, numerous predictions of Obamacare skeptics have suffered ignominious deaths. Consider a few:

[feel free to click through and consider]

And so conservative objections to Obamacare are finally turning from the practical to the philosophical. In response to reports that Obamacare insurance turns out to be affordable, Roy, who has spent months warning of rate shock, mocks that “other people’s money will pay for it.” Conservative columnist Byron York likewise argues “Obamacare’s ‘good news’ applies only to the poor.”

It is true that Obamacare is far more helpful to people lower down the income scale. The poorest people get Medicaid, which is free. Those higher up the income ladder get tax credits, which phase out at $45,000 a year for an individual, and $94,000 a year for a family of four. (I wouldn’t call people earning under those levels “poor.”) Of course, people who get employer-sponsored insurance also get their coverage paid for with “other peoples’ money.” The difference is that employer-sponsored insurance uses a tax deduction, which gives the largest benefits to those who earn the most money, as opposed to Obamacare’s sliding scale tax credit, which gives the most to those who earn the least.

But at least conservatives are now representing their true bedrock position on Obamacare. It is largely a transfer program benefiting people who either don’t have enough money, or pose too high a health risk, to bear the cost of their own medical care. Conservatives don’t like transfer programs because they require helping the less fortunate with other peoples’ money.  [emphasis mine]

Yep.  That’s pretty much it.  Of course, they don’t actually want to say that too loudly, so they rely on the other complaints that simply haven’t panned out.  Also, while Chait (and me) see those needing the benefits as “less fortunate” many conservatives see them as lazy, undeserving, leeches on society, and therefore not deserving of any benefit.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

3 Responses to Why the Republicans really hate Obamacare

  1. Mike from Canada says:

    “The average plan purchased on exchanges costs customers only $82 a month.”

    That’s in line with what I pay here in British Columbia, Canada. I pay $75 a month for the BC Medical Services Plan via my employer. I also pay for extended health and dental, extended giving me extra coverage for medications, eye glasses and other various things that the BC MSP doesn’t pay for. My employer has an all or nothing clause in the contract, I have to take all the plans, or none. BC citizens are required to either get BC MSP, or pay a fine. Price is a sliding scale for low income people based on last years earnings, or they can plea extenuating circumstances.

  2. Mike from Canada says:

    People with pre-existing conditions are also winners with Obamacare.

    Without costing them an arm and a leg.

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