Despite what Obama says about the supposed successes of his healthcare law, he can’t ignore public opinion. Even the law’s supporters experienced a bit of sticker shock when they received their premiums in the mail following the law taking effect.Despite the rosy picture Obama (and Hillary and Bernie) tries to paint, his healthcare law has harmed many more people than its helped.
As reported by HotAir:A poll conducted by National Public Radio and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that only 15 percent of respondents believe they have been personally helped by Obamacare.
The poll is a broad look at Americans’ view of health care, both the quality and affordability of the care they receive but it also asked about the impact of Obamacare:
Americans have mixed feelings on the state- and personal-level effects of the Affordable Care Act. The proportion of U.S. adults who believe the law helped people in the state where they live approximately equals the proportion of people who believe national health reform hurt their fellow state residents. On a personal level, most Americans do not believe the law directly affected them. Among those who do, however, more believe the law directly hurt them than helped them.To break this down a bit, a majority (56 percent) of respondents said Obamacare has neither helped nor hurt them, while 15 percent say it has helped and 25 percent believe the law has hurt them personally.
And their responses are reflective of how people actually have been affected by the law. A drastically greater number of people have seen their spending on healthcare increase since the law went into effect than saw their spending decrease.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]