The Politics of Obamacare

All week, we’ve seen headlines proclaiming that Democrats are now embracing Obamacare.  The Hill explains:

Democrats at the podium of the party’s national convention are fully — and finally — embracing President Obama’s signature healthcare law, and liberal lawmakers are applauding the move.

On Tuesday’s opening night, speaker after speaker championed the 2010 Affordable Care Act, a trumpeting that was striking for a law that top Democrats had largely sidelined because of its lingering unpopularity with the public.

Public perception of Obamacare remains largely unchanged since it became law.  According to the latest Rasmussen data, 51% of likely voters favor repeal.  The continuing lack of public support may explain why President Obama only mentioned the word “health” four times last night.

Let’s respond to each mention in 140 characters or less:

Pres. Obama: “I refuse to … eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans…”

  • transforming the system to focus on doctors and patients will increase coverage, not government rules and mandates.

Pres. Obama:  “Yes, we will reform and strengthen Medicare for the long haul, but we’ll do it by reducing the cost of health care, not by asking seniors to pay thousands of dollars more.”

  • gov’t contribution to premiums would be based on competitive bidding among health plans, tied to health spending trends 

Pres. Obama: “This is the choice we now face. … we’ve been told by our opponents … If you can’t afford health insurance, hope that you don’t get sick.”

  • hope you can find a doctor! industry experts predict a 40,000 shortfall in doctors over the next decade  

Pres. Obama: “Washington politicians who want to decide … health care choices that women should be making for themselves.”

Read the entire case against Obamacare, here.

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