Who Would’ve Thought? Republicans Actually Like Obamacare
Come hell or high water, Republicans wanted to see Obamacare drown. The GOP and other Affordable Care Act detractors have had scathing criticisms for the new health care reform. “It’s the worst thing since slavery,” one said. “It’s a train wreck,” another expressed. But my my, how the tables have turned: Republicans, according to Business Insider, are actually satisfied with Obamacare.
The GOP just might be running out of ammo to knock down Obamacare. What can Republicans say when the Commonwealth Fund Survey reveals that there are 9.5 million fewer uninsured Americans? On top of that, the survey found that a whopping 74 percent of Republicans — yes, Republicans — admitted that they actually liked Obamacare.
In addition, the uninsured rate dropped from 20 percent to 15 percent. And Latinos, who are more likely to not have health insurance out of any racial group, had the biggest gains in medical coverage, 13 percent. Young Americans had the second highest gains with 10 percent.
“This is yet another datapoint showing that the Affordable Care Act is basically doing what it’s supposed to do,” said Kaiser Family Foundation’s Larry Levitt. “That doesn’t mean everyone is benefiting from it or is happy about it. But, it’s on track to working as intended.”
It gets better — there’s been a sudden, mysterious decline in Obamacare’s price tag: “The government is expected to spend about $50 billion less paying for the Medicare program this year than it had expected to just four years ago,” Vox wrote.
Of course, there are some aspects of the Affordable Care Act that need some sprucing up. The insurance coverage gains among African Americans, for example, was disproportionately low at only one percent. Plus, there are still millions without coverage, but MSNBC points to stubborn red states’ refusal to expand Medicaid as the culprit.
At one point, the right stopped at nothing to thwart Obamacare, the so-called “jobs killer.” But of course, the GOP has a new angle for their Obama faultfinding campaign: The President isn’t implementing the Affordable Care Act fast enough. House Republicans intend to sue the POTUS for delaying the employers’ responsibility portion of the law.
“Each provision you delay continues to demonstrate that the entire law is unworkable,” Speaker of the House John Boehner wrote to the President.
Watch it Boehner, 73 percent of those who purchased a plan are satisfied with Obamacare — even three-quarters of your own. Happily insured Americans just might be the right’s worst nightmare.