In 2009, Democrats ignored all of the major polls that indicated the majority of Americans were against the Affordable Care Act. They didn’t want the government to force a healthcare program down their throats because most things the government got involved in was ruined or cost a lot more for the people. Additionally, many Americans saw the problems associated with a national socialist healthcare system that was in place in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Democrats haven’t cared about the will of the people for years and they obviously didn’t care then because regardless of the polls, they passed the Affordable Care Act and forced it upon the nation.
Since the Affordable Care Act was passed, supposedly millions of Americans were able to obtain healthcare when before they didn’t have it. However, most of those who took advantage of the Affordable Care Act were people with lower incomes who only got coverage due to federal subsidies. Without the subsidies, most of them would not have been able to afford the affordable health care.
Also since the Affordable Care Act was passed, the cost for healthcare premiums for the vast majority of people have continued to skyrocket out of control. Democrats promised more affordable healthcare costs but what they delivered was the opposite.
Additionally, a growing number of healthcare providers continue to drop policies and pull out of Obamacare, leaving millions more Americans without healthcare coverage.
There is no doubt that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) has been a huge failure in many aspects. This is one of the main reasons that Republicans have continued to tell voters that they want to repeal Obamacare.
However, once so many people have experienced what they believe to be government provided healthcare, now a growing number of Americans don’t want to give it up, no matter how much it may cost taxpayers.
A recent Rasmussen Reports survey asked likely voters three questions:
1* Is the federal government responsible for making sure that all Americans have health care?
2* Can taxpayers afford guaranteeing that all Americans have health care?
3* Do you trust the government to ensure that all Americans receive the same quality of health care?
Rasmussen reported the results as:
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the federal government is responsible for making sure that all Americans have health care. Forty-two percent (42%) disagree, while 10% are undecided.”
“But just 40% think taxpayers can afford guaranteeing that all Americans have health care. Slightly more (43%) say taxpayers can’t afford it. Seventeen percent (17%) aren’t sure.”
“Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters don’t trust the government to ensure that all Americans receive the same quality of health care. Only 25% do, while 13% are undecided.”
To no surprise, 66% of Democrats say the government should provide healthcare for all. People who claim no party affiliation responded 48% for the government needing to be responsible to provide healthcare to 40% who disagreed. Sixty-three percent of Republicans said they did not believe that the government should be responsible for providing healthcare to everyone.
The ethnic breakdown was also no big surprise as 68% of black Americans think the government should provide healthcare for all. Fifty-four percent of other minorities agreed with the majority of blacks as did only 44% of white Americans.
Likewise, the question of being able to afford providing healthcare for all was divided along party lines. Fifty-six percent of Democrats say they believe taxpayers can afford to pay for national healthcare for all and 61% of Republicans said that taxpayers can NOT afford to foot the bill for a national healthcare for all program.
There is a clear division between what Republican and Democrat voters want and believe the government should or shouldn’t be responsible for. At this stage of the game, Republicans are destined for disaster no matter what kind of healthcare program they come up with. If it covers enough to make everyone happy, it will cost taxpayers a fortune. To make it affordable, there is no way they can cover everything everyone wants. This is why Republicans are having such a hard time drafting a workable, acceptable and affordable healthcare replacement for Obamacare.