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New Polls Spell Bad News For ObamaCare

- April 27, 2016

"Healthcare Costs Top U.S. Families' Financial Concerns"

Health Care Costs Top American Families' List Of Financial Concerns. "Fifteen percent of Americans cite healthcare costs as the most important financial problem facing their family. In addition to healthcare costs, Americans also point to low wages, debt, college expenses and housing costs as pressing financial concerns for their family. About one in 10 Americans say their family faces no financial problems." (Zac Auter, "Healthcare Costs Top U.S. Families' Financial Concerns," Gallup, 4/27/16)

  • Gallup: 15% Of Americans Say Health Care Costs Are Their Greatest Financial Concern. (Gallup News, Twitter Feed, 4/27/16)

These Concerns "Parallel Americans' Unease About The Economy More Broadly" Which They Have Consistently Listed "As The Most Important Issue Facing The Country." "These financial problems facing U.S. families parallel Americans' unease about the economy more broadly. In the past three months, Americans have consistently cited the economy as the most important issue facing the country. However, the contrasting nature of these concerns points to a much different reality for those without the financial means to live comfortably. Americans living in financial comfort emphasize concerns about meeting long-term financial goals, while those without enough money to live comfortably must instead sacrifice future financial goals to meet the immediate costs of living." (Zac Auter, "Healthcare Costs Top U.S. Families' Financial Concerns," Gallup, 4/27/16)

Majority Of Americans Disapprove Of ObamaCare

ObamaCare Disapproval Rating Is At 54%. "The public's views of the Affordable Care Act, which were evenly divided following the Supreme Court's ruling last summer upholding a key section of the law, are again more negative than positive. Currently, 44% approve of the 2010 health care law, compared with 54% who disapprove of the law." ("More Americans Disapprove Than Approve Of Health Care Law," Pew Research Center, 4/27/16)

  • Pew Research Center: "More Americans Disapprove Than Approve Of Health Care Law." (Pew Research Centere, Twitter Feed, 4/27/16)

Support For The Law Has Declined Among Independents, With Only 39 Percent Supporting The Law. "Independents' support for the law also has declined since July, from 45% to 39%. That change has come entirely among independents who lean toward the Democratic Party. Currently, 59% of Democratic-leaning independents approve of the health care law, compared with 71% last summer. Only about one-in-five Republican-leaning independents (18%) approve of the law, little changed since July (17%)." ("More Americans Disapprove Than Approve Of Health Care Law," Pew Research Center, 4/27/16)

Among Democratic-Leaning Independents, Support For The Law Has Dropped From 71 To 59 Percent . "Independents' support for the law also has declined since July, from 45% to 39%. That change has come entirely among independents who lean toward the Democratic Party. Currently, 59% of Democratic-leaning independents approve of the health care law, compared with 71% last summer. Only about one-in-five Republican-leaning independents (18%) approve of the law, little changed since July (17%)." ("More Americans Disapprove Than Approve Of Health Care Law," Pew Research Center, 4/27/16)

It's No Wonder Americans Are Concerned Over The Cost Of Health Care And More Pain May Be In Store

Since Obama Was Elected In 2008, Annual Premiums For Families Have Increased Almost $5,000, Or 38 Percent, From $12,680 To $17,545. ("2015 Employer Health Benefits Survey," Kaiser Family Foundation, 9/23/15)

Kaiser Family Foundation's Larry Levitt: "The Industry Is Clearly Setting The Stage For Bigger Premium Increases In 2017." "The industry is clearly setting the stage for bigger premium increases in 2017," said Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation." (Peter Sullivan, "Insurers Warn Losses From Obamacare Are Unsustainable," The Hill, 4/15/16)

The Associated Press Headline: “Significant Premium Hikes Expected Under Obama Health Law.” (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Tom Murphy, “Significant Premium Hikes Expected Under Obama Health Law,” The Associated Press, 4/28/16)

  • Large Premium Hike Requests Are Expected As States Begin To File For New Rates This Summer. “Expect insurers to seek significant premium increases under President Barack Obama's health care law, in a wave of state-level requests rippling across the country ahead of the political conventions this summer.” (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Tom Murphy, “Significant Premium Hikes Expected Under Obama Health Law,” The Associated Press, 4/28/16)
  • “Insurers Say The Law's Coverage Has Been A Financial Drain” Setting The Stage For Double Digit Premium Hikes. “Insurers say the law's coverage has been a financial drain for many of them, and they're setting the stage for 2017 hikes that in some cases could reach well into the double digits.” (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Tom Murphy, “Significant Premium Hikes Expected Under Obama Health Law,” The Associated Press, 4/28/16)

But Clinton Continues To Stand By ObamaCare

Clinton: "Before It Was Called Obamacare, It Was Called HillaryCare." CLINTON: "Before it was called Obamacare, it was called HillaryCare, as you remember. I fought really hard. The insurance companies and the drug companies spent millions against me." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall, 3/4/16)

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Clinton Described The Soaring Costs Of Health Care Under ObamaCare As "Glitches." RADDATZ: "And we're going to move on to health care. Secretary Clinton, the Department of Health and Human Services says more than 17 million Americans who are not insured now have health coverage because of Obamacare. But for Americans who already had health insurance the cost has gone up 27 percent in the last five years while deductibles are up 67 percent, health care costs are rising faster than many Americans can manage. What's broken in Obamacare that needs to be fixed right now? And what would you do to fix it?" CLINTON: "Well, I would certainly build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and work to fix some of the glitches that you just referenced." ( Hillary Clinton, Democrat Primary Debate , Manchester, NH, 12/19/15)


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