Our View: Rough ride
As most in the dizzying DeeCee whirl focus on either the “fiscal cliff” — if President Obama refuses to budge on taxes, why should the Republicans? — or l’affaire Susan Rice, out here in the states ObamaCare is encountering a rough ride. Talk about your “bumps in the road.”
For starters, here’s a political tidbit we bet you didn’t know about, which came to us courtesy of the Washington Examiner: Exit polls show that the health-care law is more unpopular today than it was in 2010, when Democrats took such a “shellacking” in the mid-terms. Some 49 percent of voters polled in last month’s general election want ObamaCare repealed. In 2010, that figure was 48 percent.
What’s more, a Gallup survey released Tuesday indicated that, for the first time since the organization started taking the national pulse on this issue, a majority of Americans stated it’s not Washington’s responsibility to assure that all Americans have health coverage.
But that’s only the start of it. As we noted in this space the day after Thanksgiving, 16 governors — including Virginia’s Bob McDonnell — have expressed varying degrees of reservation about establishing the state-run health-insurance exchanges presented as an option in the legislation. If they opt not to do so, the task falls to the Department of Health and Human Services, which has not undertaken, much less completed, an endeavor of such magnitude.
But there’s more. In California, a state that has tried to implement an exchange, existing policyholders have been told their premiums will rise by as much as 25 percent once the exchange is operational. The reason, says The Examiner: “ObamaCare forces all insurers to sell policies at regulated rates to anyone who applies, regardless of medical history. As individuals with greater medical needs enter the insurance market, thus driving up health-care spending, insurers will simply have to raise premiums on everyone to make up the difference.”
Small wonder Mr. McDonnell et al are balking at the very notion of such exchanges. And if all this does not portend future trouble, we’ve not even mentioned that a week ago the Supreme Court ordered a federal appellate panel to reconsider Liberty University’s legal challenge to the law on religious grounds.
A bumpy ride, indeed.