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    This Is Why Getting Rid of Obamacare is Next to Impossible

    This Is Why Getting Rid of Obamacare is Next to Impossible

    Public support of government-run health insurance continues to grow

    Congressional Republicans are currently engaged in an embarrassing struggle to revamp Obamacare. When revamping didn’t work, they turned to repeal, only for members of their own caucus to balk.

    We’ve explored the procedural issues with repealing Obamacare, but there’s still another reason we’re likely stuck with the bones of government-run health insurance for the foreseeable future — much of the public wants it this way.

    Omnibus spending and Obamacare were once repulsive enough to birth the Tea Party movement, but in the years since Obamacare has taken root, voters have warmed to the idea of some form of state-sponsored health insurance.

    Historically, the solution to bad, or poorly conceived government programs is not eradicating the problematic program, but more government intervention. And it looks like Obamacare will be no different.

    A poll released by Pew last month shows a frightening uptick in the number of Americans who believe it’s the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

    Even among those who self-identify as conservative, a mere 9% believe the federal government should get out of the health insurance business.

    From Pew:

    Currently, 60% say the federal government is responsible for ensuring health care coverage for all Americans, while 39% say this is not the government’s responsibility. These views are unchanged from January, but the share saying health coverage is a government responsibility remains at its highest level in nearly a decade.

    Among those who see a government responsibility to provide health coverage for all, more now say it should be provided through a single health insurance system run by the government, rather than through a mix of private companies and government programs. Overall, 33% of the public now favors such a “single payer” approach to health insurance, up 5 percentage points since January and 12 points since 2014. Democrats – especially liberal Democrats – are much more supportive of this approach than they were even at the start of this year.

    And the chart:

    Compounding this troublesome and newfound love of state-subsidized health insurance is the belief a single-payer system will be more beneficial than the current cluster. Single-payer remains mostly limited to the Democratic and younger voting public, but support in those groups continues to multiply:

    Among Democrats, 52% now say health insurance should be provided through a single national insurance system run by the government, while fewer (31%) say it should be provided through a mix of private companies and government programs. The share of Democrats supporting a single national program to provide health insurance has increased 9 percentage points since January and 19 points since 2014.

    Nearly two-thirds of liberal Democrats (64%) now support a single-payer health insurance system, up 13 percentage points since January. Conservative and moderate Democrats remain about evenly divided: 38% prefer that health insurance continue to be provided by a mix of private insurance companies and government programs, while 42% favor a single-payer approach.

    Overall, support for a single-payer health insurance system is much greater among younger adults than older people. Two-thirds of adults younger than 30 (67%) say the government has a responsibility to provide health coverage for all, with 45% saying coverage should be provided through a single national program.

    So long as the voting public believes government-run health insurance is the best rememdy, eradicating Obamacare will be a next to impossible task.

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    RodFC | July 19, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    The funny thing is: there are things they can tackle that are not insurance related that can improve things.

    Like find out how a company that provides a device which substitutes a ten cent drug and a ten cent delivery device, with a new delivery device that costs $1.00 tto make, and charge $200, and please don’t tell me “free market” is the solution to that. This sort of thing was happening under the radar for a long time before Obamacare, precisely because the market wasn’t free before. No matter won’t replace it, it won’t be the “free market”.

    Close The Fed | July 19, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Okay, let’s get to brass tacks. Which someone has already done. But the reason KenyanCare won’t be repealed, is because politicians’ holy grail is Re-election!!!

    So, they’ll do what it takes to be RE-ELECTED.

    I don’t see more than a handful of statesmen in the bunch. Statesmen and concern for re-election are most likely mutually exclusive.

      Well, the joke will be on them: they won’t get re-elected.

        Mac45 in reply to | July 20, 2017 at 11:26 am

        Actually, most of the Republican Congressmen WILL get reelected; even if they do nothing. The only way to get rid of them is to primary them out. Replacing them with Progressive Liberal Democrats will accomplish nothing. And, as it will be extremely difficult to defeat these established GOP politicians in the primaries. Also, even if the current crop of GOP Congressmen are replaced, the amount of money being thrown around in DC is so incredibly huge that most of the “new hires” will succumb to the temptation and become just klike their predecessors, bought by moneied interests. This happened to the freshman Congress elected in 1994. Within four years, the GOP Congress was the same as the Democrat Congresses which preceded it.

    legalizehazing | July 20, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Cowardice. I don’t buy it. They know what’s right. Leadership isn’t easy. It’s clear to see that government will boondoggle the market. They have to do something NOW. Letting it fester will turn it into a perpetual tug of war over resources and Republicans have been getting their asses handed to them. Move now or RIP health markets forever.

    Funny how “next to impossible” so often turns into “gee that wasn’t so hard”.

    Winning the Cold War was “next to impossible” until Ronald Reagan called bullshit on that narrative.

    Winning the last election was “next to impossible” until Donald Trump made it look easy. And fun.

    It’s simply a matter of will.

    Valerie | July 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    The people I know who support Obamacare are the ones with big subsidies. So, retirees who have had company benefits all of their lives and now have low income but plenty of property also have time to visit their Congresscritters.

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