ACA Fail Fractal
Doctorless and Broke, America Lumbers On
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  • Boritz

    From Rasmussen, March 10, 2014;

    40% of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the new
    national health care law, while 56% view it unfavorably.

    Fifty-eight percent (58%) continue to believe that the cost of health care will
    go up under the new law.

    Twenty-one percent (21%) of voters think the quality of health care will get
    better under the new law. But a plurality (47%) disagrees and believes health
    care quality will get worse.
    Yeah, that’s some aversion to pre-ACA if they believe these things but don’t want repeal. You sure?

    • Corlyss

      That’s the central mystery to me too. I have not yet seen a single survey that even attempts to get to the bottom of this paradox. Respondents are probably the same idiots who had insurance (86% of workers) and who were happy with their insurance (80+% of those who had insurance) but who were deeply worried (very charitable of them) about their friends and neighbors and illegal aliens who didn’t have insurance and who have been relentlessly propagandized for the last 48 years about how horrible the American medical care and insurance systems are. So because they never bothered to find out the facts and because it sounded like the compassionate solution to a problem that likely never existed, they leapt blindly into an ocean of fatuous promises underpinned by magical economic thinking that is Obamacare and, lo! discover a landscape littered with their own noses. Now they will pay more for inferior coverage and likely suffer job and hours cuts, WHILE, exquisitely, the very ones they thought they were helping by such unanticipated self-sacrifice don’t want the “help” and, equally deliciously, won’t pay their pittance to help themselves. This is a paradigm of modern social public policy.

      It’s a situation so fraught with tragic irony I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

      • Fred

        Yes, the American public is a mob composed largely of people too stupid to get their shoes on the right feet. We live in interesting times.

      • Andrew Allison

        They said smile, it could be worse; so I smiled, and it got worse.

      • qet

        The only mystery is how anyone could still think that a series of survey questionnaires could provide any reliable guidance on collective American political behavior. Perhaps, if one confines one’s definition of “political behavior” to “which of the two parties will more voters in the aggregate likely choose if the next election were held today” (with “likely” being ony a probabilistic concept anyway), then such surveys are useful, to the likes of Karl Rove and his ilk who are paid solely for their ability to predict voting booth selection from a highly contricted range of choice. But to actually understand how we could arrive at where we are today, right now, with this Frankenstein’s monster known as the ACA? No survey or series of surveys of microscopic sample sizes can provide any meaningful guidance.

  • Peripatetic

    If, then, the two claims in this article are true — Americans hated pre-ACA conditions and there are now energized voters who will punish Democrats — the next question is this: what, exactly, will Republicans do with healthcare when they regain power? Shall we prepare ourselves for a David Cameron-type of Republicanism?

    • Bruce

      “Shall we prepare ourselves for a David Cameron-type of Republicanism?” Of course. Isn’t that you would expect from Mitch McConnell (assuming he holds on), John Boehner Republicanism? They spend more time attacking the true conservatives in their party than they do attacking leftist Dems. There is little hope that will change. The perks of power are hard to give up and more enjoyable when you “go along.”

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