To date, 26 States have agreed to sign on to an expansion of their Medicaid programs under Obamacare, while 13 have remained firm, opting out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s promise of matching Federal subsidies for those who get with the program.
But with the October start date for State-managed health insurance “exchanges” to begin enrolling applicants, public opinion is souring on Obamacare, as well as on the Governors of States that lined up to become early adopters.
A survey done by Rasmussen Reports in late June reveals that 48 percent of Americans now want State Governors to opt out of Obamacare, while only 41 percent hope their Governor supports the plan. Another 11 percent haven’t made up their minds.
The survey, which polled 1,000 “likely voters” over the telephone, confirms Americans’ steadfast antipathy toward State-managed healthcare. CNN found that public attitude toward Obamacare hasn’t changed much in the three years since Congress approved the plan, with the most recent assessment — done in May of this year — showing 54 percent opposed.
A proliferation of reports indicating insurance rates will increase under Obamacare hasn’t helped sell the plan, especially as the picture of how it will be rolled out becomes clearer. Writing for National Review, James Capretta notes:
Study after study — by Oliver Wyman, by Milliman, and by the Society of Actuaries — have confirmed the views of the experts, which is that premiums are going up a lot for most people in the individual-insurance market. Looking across these studies, one can expect premium increases, on average, in the range of 30 to 50 percent, depending on the state.
Remember when President Barack Obama said this?