A recent poll just dealt a massive blow to the last argument for proponents of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” and even Democrats have to agree: This is the end for Obamacare.
The poll, conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, surveyed respondents from varying political backgrounds with 36 percent being Democrats, 33 percent Republicans and 31 percent independents. The survey wanted to get to the bottom of the strongest argument in favor of Obamacare — protection for those with pre-existing conditions.
What the poll showed, however, was that Americans across political party lines prefer something else over that protection clause: actual affordability.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, respondents were asked whether they were prefer the law guarantee lower health insurance premiums, the Affordable Care Act’s pre-exisiting condition protections or different pre-existing condition provisions be implemented that would lower premiums.
The major failure of the ACA was that it was by no means affordable, according to the poll results. Premiums were extremely expensive and citizens received a tax penalty for not having insurance despite the high costs of the premiums.
In October of 2016 the Obama administration announced that ACA premiums were set to increase by double digits.
It would appear, based on the poll, that this was a major concern for Americans, as 37.1 percents responded that they would prefer lower health insurance premiums versus 26.8 percent who wanted to keep Obamacare‘s pre-existing conditions clause.
Additionally, 25.8 percent preferred a new provision to be implemented for those with pre-existing conditions without raising premiums and about 10 percent were undecided.
Jeffrey Anderson, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, interpreted the poll as saying that some Americans — though clearly not the majority — wanted provisions to guarantee coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, but at lower cost.
“It seems clear, then, based on the poll’s results, that Americans do want preexisting-conditions protections, but they do not want Obamacare’s preexisting-conditions protections (to) lead to significantly higher premiums, which they unquestionably do,” Anderson explained.
Anderson drafted an alternative to the ACA in 2014 and has been steadily gaining traction with his proposal, which would seek to fix many of the issues present in the current law. You can read his full proposal here.
The people have spoken, and Obamacare is not what they want. It’s time to let someone else try their hand at fixing the issues by actually listening to what American taxpayers care about, cutting back federal involvement in health care and unleashing the power of the free market.
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