Republicans love Obamacare!

Actually, yes, they kind of do.  Just don’t tell them.  Drum recently highlighted this series of polling results that shows that even Republicans strongly prefer virtually every single aspect of the ACA.  Everything, but the individual mandate, of course.

And, of course, you simply don’t get the rest of these goodies without the individual mandate (or, some similar regulatory mechanism to insure healthy people are buying insurance).  But, hey, let’s just pretend the whole thing is horrible and a massive government takeover because, in part, it helps less wealthy people afford health insurance by raising taxes on wealthy people.  Oh the humanity.

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

8 Responses to Republicans love Obamacare!

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    I have to pinch myself every time I think those Obamacare care recipients who hate Obamacare and don’t realize they have it and like it deserve to have it taken away. So unworthy of me.
    But just for a moment I gloat.
    Then I think of all the money and effort it has taken to propagandize this issue. I still have that utopian dream that people in a democracy will develop defenses against propaganda. That dream is being harshly tested today.

  2. rgbact says:

    And I love Rolls Royces, except for one minor thing…..the price.

    We’re 4 years in, its never been popular, and liberals are still in denial. Meanwhile, rates went up 20%+ last year.

    • Jon K says:

      Rates go up in nonobamacare plans at similar rates. Many of those costs aren’t necessarily seen by those on the policies because employers absorb the costs. However that often is offset by lower wages and other measures that employers use to offset the cost. Healthcare is expensive. The question boils down to do you think everyone should be able to have access to it? If the answer to that question is yes (and every other advanced nation has said yes) then government will have to help lower income Americans pay for it.

      • Jon K says:

        What we should really be doing is separating health insurance from employers. The current system is inefficient. It also limits employment opportunities for people with high medical expenses. Since I have annual medical bills around $200,000 every year that makes it impossible for a small business or small nonprofit to hire me. Their insurance pool is too small to absorb those kind of costs.

  3. R. Jenrette says:

    Yes – we should separate health care from employers!! I think that’s called single payer health insurance.
    I cannot understand why big business doesn’t embrace single payer. Look what they would have saved, including private pensions, if only they had supported it in the beginning.
    For those who don’t remember, before Obamacare insurance rates and co-pays rose every year. There were finite limits to what insurance companies would pay. People didn’t find out how bad many policies were until they got sick. Preventative care wasn’t covered.

    • Jon K says:

      It doesn’t have to be single payer insurance (although I think it is most likely the best solution) but health insurance shouldn’t handcuff you to your job or dictate the type of career that you choose. In my case that is exact what is occurring. My choices have become work for government or a large company or organization. When you throw in that I had a decade long medically caused delay to the start of my professional career, that rules out a large majority of competitive jobs with large companies. It’s quite frankly a bit frustrating.

      • rgbact says:

        So we should toss aside the system that 50%+ of Americans get their insurance from and are happy with…..to cater to a few people that want better career choices? Employer healthcare is a lot like single payer, if you work for a govt entity or large employer. Thats not the worst thing in the world. And everyone else is uneffected.

        I’m fine with a single payer only for large dollar claims. So, employers/individuals only need to worry about claims under say $30,000. ACA did something similar with reinsurance of large claims in the individual market, for the first 3 years. I would make that permanent.

  4. R. Jenrette says:

    I think preventative care coverage would greatly decrease the number of large dollar claims as well as delaying the severity and the length of suffering time of that disease and the resulting misery.
    Preventative care is essential to keeping medical costs down.

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