A recent survey by Morning Consult reveals that though Republicans remain the voters most concerned about the effects of Obamacare, the majority of Democrats are also sweating the possibility of having to switch providers. According to the survey, 60 percent of Democrats live in fear of losing their current healthcare plan and being forced to choose another one from the state Obamacare exchange. Most surveyed Dems were also convinced that Obama’s flagship healthcare law was going to be bad for them in the long run.
Perhaps even more striking was the miniscule number of people who predicted that Obamacare would mean anything good for their current healthcare coverage. Only 27% of Democrats thought that the shift toward Obamacare would have a positive effect on their insurance coverage. Among Republicans, that number was down to only 11%. Independents, somehow, were the most pessimistic of all, with only 7% confident that a shift to government-sponsored healthcare would benefit them.
This poll isn’t the only bad news the Obama administration has gotten this week concerning their destructive healthcare policy. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released an audit on Tuesday that showed its tax on medical devices wasn’t bringing in the kind of money Obama had counted on. The tax on medical devices has been widely criticized amongst citizens and lawmakers from the start. Now that it has been proven to be a failure in the marketplace, critics are beginning to openly question how the federal government is going to manage the rest of the taxes associated with the law.
Meanwhile, the New York Federal Reserve announced a study the same day that reported that half of New York manufacturers and a third of service firms pondering a health insurance switch fully expect that Obamacare will increase the cost of insuring employees. If this turns out to be the case, New York workers could see wages and hours cut in an attempt to keep businesses profitable. Strike another victory bell for Obama!
There are a number of damning issues that aspiring congressional leaders can use to bolster their campaigns this fall. Illegal immigration, the president’s handling of our foreign affairs, and the frightening specter of Common Core among them. But chief among the hardest-to-defend platforms has to be Obamacare. The more we find out about the president’s pet project, the more disastrous it looks for the economy, the healthcare industry, and the country at large. Let’s hope the next crop of lawmakers and politicians understand how damaging this law is for the United States.