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December 16, 2013 - 12:44 pm

But the real problem Democrats have with this law is a lack of PR.

An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that health care remains politically charged going into next year’s congressional elections. Keeping the refurbished HealthCare.gov website running smoothly is just one of Obama’s challenges, maybe not the biggest.

The poll found a striking level of unease about the law among people who have health insurance and aren’t looking for any more government help. Those are the 85 percent of Americans who the White House says don’t have to be worried about the president’s historic push to expand coverage for the uninsured.

In the survey, nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year — mostly for the worse. Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the law’s passage.

Sixty-nine percent say their premiums will be going up, while 59 percent say annual deductibles or copayments are increasing.

Only 21 percent of those with private coverage said their plan is expanding to cover more types of medical care, though coverage of preventive care at no charge to the patient has been required by the law for the past couple of years.

Do they have any economists writing at AP? Or, anyone who can carry a thought coherently through a story?

The writers on this story are Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Jennifer Agiesta. I’m not an economist, but when government mandates that someone offer a product “at no charge to the patient,” as the two writers note, how is that task carried out? Might the insurers cope with the mandate by raising premiums across the board? I’m not an economist, but I think they just might do that. They’re not an arm of the government like a utility (yet), and they don’t exist to eat costs imposed on them, and for which the insurers lobbied. They will pass that cost and others similarly mandated along to consumers.

The two writers also steal a base when they state that the “trend toward leaner coverage predates the law’s passage.” It does. But that fact ought to be followed up by stating that “The president’s signature law was supposed to fix that.” Or something to that effect. Because it was. And it hasn’t.

Based on how this story and thousands of other MSM stories were written over the past few years, I’d say that PR really isn’t Obamacare’s problem. It has had all the free positive spin it could possibly get. It’s still unpopular because it’s a disaster.

For more amusement, consider this gentle paragraph.

At the same time, a cresting wave of cancellation notices hit millions who buy their policy directly from an insurer. That undercut one of Obama’s central promises — that you can keep the coverage you have if you like it. The White House never clearly communicated the many caveats to that promise.

Caveats? Obama offered none at all. He made the promise numerous times, knowing all the while that it was false. He often ended it definitively — “period.”

Most people call that a lie and the man who uttered it, a liar.

Disapproval of Obama’s handling of health care topped 60 percent in the poll.

Indeed.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So people are now "wise" to Obamacare. At this point -- to paraphrase the other fraud who didn't yet get to be President -- what difference does it make? Obama got re-elected. If the GOP does regain the Senate while holding the House, what will they do to change things that would be effective? And if they did chose to go after what, in rational times, would be considered a very impeachable President, the American people will get weak at the knees and oppose such moves.

One note of "optimism:" under GOP control it might be possible to repeal Obamacare entirely. It has been pointed out that Prohibition suffered that fate, and that was a Constitutional amendment that was repealed. But in an America run by eunuchs and pixies and its populace infested by parasites, will Congress have the will to do so?
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A comparison to England's National Health Service (NHS) might be worthwhile. It provides healthcare to anyone legally resident in the United Kingdom, with most services free at the point of use, and today provides the majority of healthcare in England, including primary care, in-patient care, long-term healthcare, ophthalmology, and dentistry. It's also one of the reasons British ex-patriots give for moving and living in the U.S., among which are the long waits for appointments and treatments there, like surgery.

Last week, a number of articles in U.K. newspapers discussed newly-exposed problems with their $3 billion-a-week NHS. A "Daily Mail" article, "Crisis-hit NHS and a critical loss of trust," (12/12/13) wrote that some "GP surgeries were putting thousands of lives at risk by failing to meet even the most basic standards of hygiene:"

"The Care Quality Commission discovered maggots on the floor of consulting rooms, nurses not trained in basic first aid and patients being given jabs for meningitis, cervical cancer and measles that were out of date and probably ineffective."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2522873/Crisis-hit-NHS-critical-loss-trust.html#ixzz2nl4Bvr8w

A few similar problems show the road we may be going down:

"A Dying Scots mother has been told that she is unlikely to live beyond Christmas by NHS doctors who are refusing to perform life-saving surgery."

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/448722/CONDEMNED-TO-DIE-BY-NHS-Mother-with-rare-condition-begs-for-operation

"WELCOME to the National Health Service. The only problem is that it isn't national - results vary wildly across the country. It isn't healthy - some people are left untreated, others are treated appallingly. And its service culture sometimes seems rotten to the core. Other than that everything's just rosy."

http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/448638/Reports-that-show-NHS-in-dire-need-of-a-health-check
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Obama, Mengela's Spawn, through your arrogance, heartlessness and stupidity, you have opened this formally blessed land and millions of innocent lives to the horror and devastation of your ObamaCare…
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We accurately and justifiably blame the neo-communists and many republicans for the excesses and corruption of our current government....BUT, I do not believe ENOUGH blame is being showered upon the culprits who have both colluded with and sold their souls to domestic enemies of America by spreading the lies, misinformation, and propaganda from which many otherwise fair-minded and decent Americans have formulated their opinions - THE MEDIA. These vermin are vile, disgusting, reprehensible and should be publicly scorned and alienated for willingly and purposefully distorting the facts not only to both promote and cover for a corrupt, criminal syndicate masquerading as a political party, but also for intentionally misrepresenting and/or outright lying to undermine the legitimacy of honest opposition to the creeping spread of marxism/communism in America. Public hanging is too good for these low-life's. The level of anger and frustration building in many corners of our great country is unlike anything I have witnessed in my short 47 years.....I pray that it is resolved peacefully and without bloodshed.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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No house calls, no bedside manner.
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So people are now "wise" to Obamacare. At this point -- to paraphrase the other fraud who didn't yet get to be President -- what difference does it make? Obama got re-elected. If the GOP does regain the Senate while holding the House, what will they do to change things that would be effective? And if they did chose to go after what, in rational times, would be considered a very impeachable President, the American people will get weak at the knees and oppose such moves.

One note of "optimism:" under GOP control it might be possible to repeal Obamacare entirely. It has been pointed out that Prohibition suffered that fate, and that was a Constitutional amendment that was repealed. But in an America run by eunuchs and pixies and its populace infested by parasites, will Congress have the will to do so?
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No. The Fix is in for "their" people, the rest of us can go hang.
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You're last sentence hit the nail on the head
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