“Even a popular president can usually expect disappointing midterm results for his party. What makes things particularly dire for Democrats is that a president’s approval rating has a significant impact on his party’s prospects. Obama’s approval rating is in the low forties, and while things can change, few would bet it will improve all that much between now and November.
“One reason for that: The Obama administration is poised to give an incredible gift to the Republican Party. Before the end of the year, up to 80 million people could see their health plans canceled. Economist Stan Veuger, my colleague at the American Enterprise Institute, estimates that at least half the of estimated 157 million people on employer-provided health plans will start losing their existing coverage by the end of 2014 because their plans don’t conform to the more generous — and expensive — demands of the Affordable Care Act. The bulk of the cancellation letters notifying employees should be going out in October, right before the midterm elections.
“This could be the single most effective direct-mail campaign material in American history, and Republicans won’t even have to pay for the postage.” ―Jonah Goldberg, President’s Poll Numbers Give Dems the Midterm Blues
“One of the things I don’t get about ObamaCare is that they are overcharging young people for health care because those extra dollars are supposed to fund health care services for old folks. But at the same time, we all know that those death panels Sarah Palin warned us about will be denying meds and operations to those of us in our 70s, 80s, and 90s. So what’s the real purpose of that extra money? I suspect it’s to pay for a few more Obama family vacations over the next three years. I admit my evidence is purely circumstantial, but it’s based on five years of experience with the weasels in the White House. …
“A while back, Obama stood on a stage in front of 18 people he claimed were happy with the Affordable Care Act. But later, when questioned, he refused to identify them. His argument was that he was trying to protect their privacy. Now that’s a claim that only a liberal pinhead would make, inasmuch as people concerned about preserving their anonymity don’t appear on TV, sharing a stage with the president of the United States.
“Inasmuch as Obama is constantly using shills, whether it’s phony doctors and nurses or people pretending to be cheerleaders for the ACA, he might as well use department store mannequins in the future. After all, they’re easy to transport and they can be easily rigged to applaud on cue, so long as the rigging isn’t left to the boneheads in charge of setting up the ObamaCare website. In addition, if they were moved to Chicago on election day, they could be counted on to vote for every Democrat on the ballot.” ―Burt Prelutsky, The Devil’s in the Details
“According to the Wall Street Journal, ‘early signals suggest the majority of the 2.2 million people who sought to enroll in private insurance through new marketplaces through December 28 were previously covered elsewhere.’ To a degree even critics of the Affordable Care Act find surprising, ObamaCare’s meager sign-ups are coming mostly from people who already had insurance, which of course they were promised repeatedly they would be able to keep, but we all know how that worked out.
“Apologists for Obama’s Big Lie claim that many of the insurance cancellations were ‘churn,’ the normal process of insurance companies terminating old policies. By that reckoning, most of the ObamaCare sign-ups are ‘churn,’ too. An awful lot of that churning involves knocking people who used to pay for insurance into the Medicaid abyss.
“We spent a titanic amount of money and shredded the Constitution to impose ObamaCare, and perhaps the greatest among its many mysteries is whether it’s making a lick of difference to the people it was most urgently supposed to help.” ―John Hayward, ObamaCare: A Riddle Wrapped in Mystery, Inside a Mousetrap
“In 2011 testimony given to Congress, Richard Foster, Chief Actuary of Medicare and Medicaid Services for the Obama administration, revealed that the cuts to hospitals engendered by ObamaCare, which amount to $247 billion over ten years, could force as many as 40 percent of them to operate at a loss, and that as many as 15 percent could stop accepting Medicare altogether. …
“Foster also revealed something far more ominous. Because Medicare will eventually pay doctors less than they’re getting for the already low-paying Medicaid, and only about one-third of what they get paid for treating someone with private insurance, seniors will have even more trouble finding hospitals and doctors willing to treat them. As disquieting as that reality is, it will be exacerbated: ObamaCare bars doctors from providing their patients with necessary care for an extra fee. Many will simply fall through the cracks on the road to ‘better care for everyone,’ even as individual seniors bear the painful – or deadly – brunt of this leftist utopian fantasy.
“And such cuts will affect far more than critical care. Quality of life procedures, such as knee and hip replacements, angioplasty, bypass surgery and cataract operations will also be pared back. Thus, seniors who have grown accustomed to the active lifestyles made possible by medical advancements may have to lower their expectations. …
“Unfortunately, individual care matters less than the ‘greater good’ of containing costs. Thus, in addition to across-the-board cuts, hospitals will be forced to cope with an ObamaCare regulation called ‘Medicare spending per beneficiary.’ Bonus points will be awarded to those institutions that spend the least on seniors, while those that don’t get demerits. Those spending calculations include up to 30 days of post-discharge treatments, such as physical therapy following surgery for a joint replacement.” ―Arnold Ahlert, Obamacare’s Attack on the Elderly
“The reasons for Millennials’ decreased approval of Obama become clear from a Harvard Institute of Politics poll of 18- to 29-year-olds conducted in November. That poll shows Obama’s job approval dipping to 41 percent, down from 52 percent in April 2013. … One reason for the decline is Obamacare. Only 38 percent approved of Obamacare. … Only 29 percent of those who were uninsured said they would definitely or probably enroll in the health insurance exchanges.
“Those results were registered five to nine weeks after the Oct. 1 healthcare.gov rollout. Tech-savvy millennials must have been astonished that government produced a website that didn’t work.
“They also perceived, accurately, that Obamacare health insurance would cost them a lot. The law passed by Democrats elected in large part with millennial votes was designed to have people under 30 subsidize the insurance premiums of those older, less healthy people over 50.
“The old tend to have significant net worth, and the young – with credit card and student loan debt – tend to owe more than they own. Evidently, the Obama Democrats think it’s progressive for the young to subsidize the working-age old. That, after all, is the essence of Social Security, whose benefits some left-wing Democrats want to increase.” ―Michael Barone, Millennials Unhappy with Obama’s War on the Young
“The long, drawn out lesson millions of Americans are about to learn, and painfully, is the difference between coverage and care.
“It’s reminiscent of 1993 and Bill Clinton’s brilliant — if ultimately unsuccessful — effort to sell the Health Security Act, aka HillaryCare. At the time, ATM card use was exploding. What was once a fairly novel way to get cash without having to deal with a teller, or even the inside of a bank, was quickly becoming the way to pay for everything. So there was Clinton addressing the Congress on his health reform proposal and all the benefits it would guarantee to every American. Clinton picked up something which looked just like the ATM card in everyone’s wallet, showed it to the world and said, ‘This health care security card will offer this package of benefits in a way that can never be taken away.’
“I watched the speech live, nearly 21 years ago, and thought to myself, ‘He’s done it. He’ll sell collectivized medicine because of that damned card.’ (Maybe I shouldn’t have put quotes around those words; I might have left out some very creative and forceful curses.) The health care security card was a totem, a talisman. Hold it, and the benefits flow down to you from above. Where does the cash come from in the ATM? Somebody loads it up at night and my magic card releases it. Where does the health care come from? Those fancy buildings, and my magic card releases it.
“As political theater, it was some of the best I’ve ever seen. Only Hillary’s ham-handed secretiveness, and a fictitious middle-class couple named Harry and Louise, generated enough public opposition to prevent the HSA from becoming law.
“Four years ago, the Democrats gained enough seats in Congress to be able to ignore rising public opposition. And they had learned a valuable lesson about bringing the insurance companies on board with Obamacare’s complex and secretive set of subsidies and potential bailouts.
“But now we have a legally tiered system, essentially caste-based and feudal. If you’re lucky enough to have employer-based coverage (a shrinking number, to be sure), you’ll be allowed to receive the best care. If not? You’ll find that your Brosurance or Hosurance or even your Gold Plan entitles you to stand in line and wait for somebody unskilled or untrained enough that they have to treat lower-caste patients.
“America has historically been excellent at providing care, but not very good at providing coverage. Obamacare has turned that around.” ―Stephen Green, Care Versus Coverage
For further enlightenment:
Only 11% of ObamaCare Signups Previously Uninsured, by Ed Morrissey
Target Dumps Part-Time Employees into ObamaCare, by John Hayward
Obamacare Kills More Health Plans for Workers, by Mike Shedlock
It’s Cheaper for Young People to Opt Out of Obamacare Than to Enroll, by Daniel Doherty