More voters wish Obamacare had never passed than wish it had passed six years ago, according to recent polling.
From the American Enterprise Institute (AEI):
In the September Fox News poll, 44 percent of likely voters said they are glad Obamacare passed while 48 percent said they wish it hadn’t passed and we still had the system that was in place in 2009. Republicans and Democrats landed on opposite sides on this question. Forty percent of independents in the likely voter sample said they were glad it passed, while 54 percent wished it had not. Gallup recently updated its question on the legislation and found that 44 percent of Americans approved of the law while 51 percent disapproved. More people in the poll said it had hurt (29 percent) than helped (18 percent) their families.
So, to put it plainly, it looks like 2016 will be another election year in which President Obama’s signature healthcare law could be used as a millstone to sink its supporters running for office.
From The Hill:
Eight of the states that will determine the Senate majority in November are likely to see significant reductions in the number of insurers participating in ObamaCare marketplaces.
The likely departures of insurers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Arizona and Missouri are pushing the healthcare law toward the center of some of the most competitive Senate races in the country.
GOP strategists say Obama-Care’s troubles this year are morphing into a perfect storm for their candidates, providing a boost in a year when the party is defending 24 Senate seats.
“It feels like there’s a sleeping giant that’s about to awaken on the campaign trail,” veteran Republican strategist Ron Bonjean said. “It really does seem like an easy target, an easy layup for Republicans to score points.”
Health insurers have been fleeing the marketplaces over the last year, citing steep financial losses. The departures, which have included industry leaders like UnitedHealth Group and Aetna Inc., are cutting into the choices people have when selecting ObamaCare plans.
Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida…those are swing states Republican candidate Donald Trump needs to win in November to be President. Could a disastrous law passed in 2010 — one that has led to large increases in premiums and less choice in the healthcare market — be the factor that puts Trump over the top? We’ll know more in November.