There is a reason why Democratic candidates are spending three times more advertising against the health reform law they passed than they are in support of it. Americans do not like the Obamacare bill and they want it repealed. Today’s Rasmussen poll shows 61% of Americans want the bill repealed. Health Care has become almost the rallying point for everything that is wrong with our leadership, the mother of all mandate programs, passed over the will of the people, that will accelerate the growth of the federal deficit, Face it, one of the major reasons support for the progressives in Congress has plummeted is Obamacare.
But that wont stop the President. According to a report in the WSJ, Obama is about to go on the road campaigning for his party, the theme will be that wonderful Obamacare bill.
Starting Thursday, insurers officially must adhere to about a half-dozen key changes under the law, including eliminating co-payments for preventive services and allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance policy until their 26th birthday.
Democrats structured the provisions so they would kick in right before the elections, thinking incumbents would have a tangible achievement to promote on the campaign trail.
But public support for the law continues to lag, with Americans split roughly in half over whether they support it, and the debate over jobs and taxes is squeezing the health law out of Democrats’ election narrative.
Many of the benefits that insurance companies are forced to include starting this week will be causing Americans to pay more for their policies include:
- Prohibition on lifetime limits
- Restrictions on annual limits
- No Co-Pay on coverage of preventive services
- Extension of dependent coverage up to age 26
- New internal and external appeals processes
- New rules regarding coverage for emergency services
- Prohibition on pre-existing condition exclusions for children
Many insurance companies have already raised their rates based on the above.
Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, said the extra benefits forced it to seek rate increases for new individual plans of 5.4% to 7.4% in California and 5.5% to 6.8% in Nevada after Sept. 23. Similar steps are planned across the country, according to Aetna.
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon said the cost of providing additional benefits under the health law will account on average for 3.4 percentage points of a 17.1% premium rise for a small-employer health plan. It asked regulators last month to approve the increase.
In Wisconsin and North Carolina, Celtic Insurance Co. says half of the 18% increase it is seeking comes from complying with health-law mandates.
The report says that most of these rate increases apply to policies issued to individuals and small businesses, the very people Democrats claimed would be most helped by ObamaCare. It also says that “about 9% of Americans buy coverage through the individual market, according to the Census Bureau, and roughly one-fifth of people who get coverage through their employer work at companies with 50 or fewer employees, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.”
Last month Kathleen Sebelius Secretary of HHS told ABC News that the sustained opposition to the Democrats’ health care reform efforts has mainly been a function of “misinformation.”
“Unfortunately there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t,” Sebelius told ABC News Radio on Monday.
With several vulnerable House Democrats now touting their votes against the bill, and Republicans running on repeal of the law, Sebelius said “misinformation given on a 24/7 basis” has led to the enduring opposition nearly six months after the lengthy debate ended in Congress.
“We have a lot of reeducation to do,” Sebelius said.
After two years of the President traveling the country and telling people about his plan, countless speeches by the other progressive leaders and a progressive media shilling for Obamacare, the administration’s stance is, “well if America doesn’t like the plan, they are just too stupid to understand it.”
It is that arrogance spurring the President to go out and sell his health care bill one more time. Unfortunately for the progressives that rammed the bill through, Americans are not stupid, the new display of disdain for the citizens of the country, will hurt the efforts of his party, and help the GOP.