Obamacare Screwups Aren’t Making the Law Unpopular
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  • KenPrescott

    Simple proposal:

    1. Allow federally-chartered insurance companies to sell across coverage state lines, using a basic set of “best practices” as the federal regulation of those companies.

    2. Allow the sale of basic coverage anywhere in the US, no matter what state laws might mandate for coverage. California, for example, requires that any insurance I carry cover baldness treatments. Now, I am follicularly challenged, but the condition is not life-threatening. I could do without.

    Much of the insurance regulation in this country is a matter of (elected) insurance commissioners doing the bidding of their donors–i.e., insurance companies that do business in those states–and taking advantage of a captive market that can’t shop elsewhere. My proposal cures this problem.

  • wigwag

    “Those who don’t want the ACA to remain the law of the land have to propose a credible, convincing alternative that people will think is better than both the ACA and the pre-ACA system.” (Walter Russell Mead)

    Yeah; that going to happen.

  • qet

    “Forty-four percent said they oppose the health care law and 38 expressed support for it, reflecting the same split in previous monthly surveys. Forty-seven percent want to expand it or keep it as is. . . .”
    If these results are from a single poll of the same respondents, or from multiple polls but each sample is representative of the nation per accepted statistics methodology, then these statements cannot all be true expressions of reality.

    • Andrew Allison

      Unless 9% oppose it because they think it doesn’t go far enough.

      • qet

        Possibly. Your comment made me realize I made an assumption that even someone who does not believe the ACA goes far enough would still register as a supporter because it lays the groundwork for eventual expansion to single-payer or whatever the person thinks is “far enough.” I think that is a reasonable assumption, but it is an assumption.

  • Kevin

    Maybe, but polls now aren’t what really matters for determining the law’s fate. What’s important is how popular politicians think the PPACA will be in one year when elections are held and in 2016. Will views on the law motivate the Deomcratic or Republican base to get to the polls in higher numbers? Will it swing the votes of independents? These are the questions self interested politician want to know the answer to – today’s polls may help answer that but they know the public is fickle and have to vase their calculations largely on their intuition of how voters will feel in a year.

  • Anthony

    “…at the moment, the technical problems associated with healthcare.gov are only a DefCon 4 problem….” That just may aid to explain referenced poll numbers.

  • Clayton Holbrook

    Doesn’t this also say that just fixing the website won’t fix the public skepticism of the law?

    • Parker O’Brien

      Nope, more likely people are waiting to see if the law actually fulfills its other promises, lower premiums better coverage. Once the realities of these lies kick in, then support will shift sharply negative.

  • Corlyss

    I want to see the data on who was polled and what questions were asked before I agree that this poll is meaningful. Kaiser is not only a health organization that undoubtedly supported the ACA but it’s notoriously lefty too.

  • Parker O’Brien

    Prof. Mead, while polls can be misleading, this one actually solves the question of those not supporting the law because it doesn’t go far enough. In other words, there has been a large shift of those who don’t support the law outright nor its aims.

  • NCMountainGirl

    I’ll take this one with a huge grain of salt. Often with polls the results depend upon the politics of the sponsor. What are the internals on who was polled? What was the precise wording of the question and the order asked? I am reminded of the question in one poll on raising the debt ceiling that asked Should Congress raise the debt ceiling so the government can pay its bills? Ask the very same people Should Congress raise the debt ceiling so the government can continue to spend $100 for every $57 of tax revenue it earns? and the result will be much different.

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