Written by Chriss W. Street
Despite the administrative turmoil in preparing to implement the law, supporters like to characterize the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as a “work in progress” that only suffered a few glitches and needed a few tweaks. This reminds me of the implementation of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988, where resentment grew after beneficiaries realized benefits of the new legislation added little to their existing coverage. For all of Obamacare’s controversy and costs, I believe the law will be repealed because after implementation the number of Americans without healthcare coverage will not decline.
As the White House and the Republican in Congress shut down the government over the implementation of Obamacare, 47% of Americans believe the fight is more about gaining political advantage than the 37% who believe the fight is an important battle over principles and the future direction of government according to Gallup polling. These views are similar to Americans’ attitudes on the day the government shut down in November 1995. When it comes to assigning responsibility for shutting down the government over Obamacare; 5% will blame Democrats, 14% will blame Obama, 25% will blame Republicans and 44% will blame them all. Continue reading