Obamacare has been a rallying point for both sides of the political spectrum. For years, Republicans have gained electoral momentum by promising they would repeal Obamacare if given majorities in government. Meanwhile, Democrats point to Obamacare as Barack Obama’s biggest achievement.
However, the actions of the American people show that Obamacare–which has hurt the middle class by raising insurance rates–is unpopular with the public. According to The Daily Wire, 6.5 million Americans prefer to pay the Obamacare fine rather than enroll in the program.
Additionally, many Americans only enroll in Obamacare because they don’t want to pay the fine. If the individual mandate were repealed, 15 million people would drop out of Obamacare. These figures send a surprising statement to the men and women in Congress.
The statistics also clarify the mixed messages that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has published regarding health care coverage in the case of an Obamacare repeal. Democrats have consistently used CBO figures to support keeping Obamacare in place.
The Hill described a CBO report last month claiming that 22 million Americans would lose coverage under the Senate Obamacare repeal that was then under consideration. This “22 million” number was a major talking point in arguments against a repeal.
In light of the information that 15 million Americans would voluntarily walk out of Obamacare without the individual mandate, it becomes clear that the CBO’s estimate of millions “losing” coverage doesn’t paint an accurate picture.
The vast majority of the people who would not have coverage after a repeal would not lose it–they would willfully unsubscribe. For most of these individuals, current enrollment in Obamacare is nothing more than a way of avoiding a heavy fine of up to $2,085.
Dissatisfaction with Obamacare is heavily tied to the higher health insurance premium costs it has forced around the nation–often into the double digits. The Daily Caller reports that one of the few remaining Obamacare insurers in Iowa is hiking its premiums by 43.5 percent.
Since Obamacare was signed into law in 2010, Americans have consistently demonstrated their opposition to it at the ballot box. Opposition to Obamacare was the rallying point of the Republican Party during the 2010 midterms, during which the GOP took control of the House in a massive victory.
Since then, Republicans have taken control of the Senate, the White House, and a historic majority of state legislatures and governorships, as reported by CNS News. Republican victories have been fueled by voters’ frustration with Obamacare. A poll by Politico reveals that 58 percent of Republican voters support an immediate Obamacare repeal–even if it means replacing the law later.
However, the Republican-controlled House and Senate have taken an approach contrary to what is favored by the electorate. They’ve consistently voted against repealing Obamacare. As reported by The New York Times, the latest attempt to eliminate it was struck down in the Senate with the help of three Republicans, including Senator John McCain (R-AZ).
Obamacare has been unpopular and frustrating for voters, but Republicans are unable to agree on repeal. Do you think Obamacare will implode?
Congressional Republican leadership appears to have moved past Obamacare. Without congressional action, the prevailing consensus is that the program will continue to implode. Breitbart notes that many of the nation’s most prominent insurers, including Aetna, are pulling out of Obamacare nationwide.
All things considered, if Republicans in Congress do not follow through with their commitments to repeal, they risk losing the support of the party base in the 2018 midterm elections.