Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Obamacare": Point/Counterpoint?

The Republicans in last night's debate weren't the only ones talking about President Obama's Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," as some dub it. A report and a poll released today had some interesting things to say as well.

First, the poll.

The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters - as reported by the Weekly Standard - "shows, by a margin of 16 percentage points (54 to 38 percent), Americans support the repeal of Obamacare. Among independents, the margin is 30 points - 61 to 31 percent."

Americans in the poll are becoming increasingly convinced that repeal is not only possible but probable. Fifty-eight percent of Americans now think that repeal is likely. Fewer than half as many (28 percent) think that it’s unlikely. Such confidence in the repeal movement, the Standard said, "represents a high-water mark to date." According to Rasmussen, the tally of those who think it’s "at least somewhat likely" that Obamacare will be repealed is "the highest ever measured since the bill became law 19 months ago."

Jim Capretta explains in the National Review that Republican presidential candidates’ pledges to use the reconciliation process, if necessary, to repeal Obamacare, offers further reason for voters to believe in the prospects of repeal.

Now, for the report.

A new report from Families USA , a nonprofit, nonpartisan national health care group, says the Affordable Care Act "will do much more for North Carolina's families than put the brakes on 20 years of insurance premium hikes. It will actually put money in their pockets, an average in 2014 of $2,640 for North Carolina families earning less than $100,000 a year." According to the report:

* Households with income under $30,000 will be $3,962 better off.
* Households with income between $30,000 and $50,000 will be $1,920 better off.
* Households with income between $50,000 and $100,000 will be $1,345 better off.

The report said the sayings come from a range of health reform benefits that includes protection against high deductibles and copayments, elimination of lifetime and annual limits on covered benefits, and improvements to the health care delivery system itself.

Fannie Flono


kantstanzya said...

Only a Charlotte Observer editor would publish an opinion called "Point/Counterpoint" about Obamacare and then state "facts" representing only one side of the issue.

Fannie...since most Americans favor repeal of Obamacare don't you think there has to be a few reasons for it?

Larry said...

Great news, I only hope the study which shows that each family will actually make fifty five thousand dollars a year if this Health Care is passed comes true.

As we all know we have to verify the background of the source or we could just get the stuff and facts and figures we want from Elon College as we always do.

Either way it will make a great story for the paper.

Larry said...

Kantstanzys: A recent study done by the think tank group: Citizens Excellence and Discussion Consortium shows that only one side for a news paper allows the right mix for a city of our size.

It has also helped to keep the stock at its current 1.51 a share. So as you can see you are off base and need to just read and not respond unless you are agreeing with the facts presented.

GottaBchittenme said...

LMFannieO, so much for point/counterpoint !

The Tax Mule said...

Anyone who believes that Obamacare will put money in their pocket I got land in New Orleans East that I'll be glad to sell ya with all that money you're going to get.

indy474 said...

Blows my MIND that sooo many people vote for the very party and very people who seek to do them harm. The Democrats WANT to extend help. The GOP just wants to preserve benefits for the wealthy. Heck, I make more than $100K a year and even I don't vote for the GOP! Sick/disabled? Tough. Out of work? Tough. Can't find a decent nursing home for your elderly parents that won't cost you more than $75K a year? and get no assistance at all? Tough. Bad schools? Tough. Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. That is the GOP answer to everything. Sorry, I don't want to live in that America. I myself blame Reagan, who was clinically demented with Alzheimers even when he was IN OFFICE. Yes, values are the answer, but me as a completely secular person have more values than most of the GOP. There is NOTHING wrong with secular humanism. You want to live in the America that ensures health care only for the wealthy? An America that lets special interests and large companies dictate every government policy? That lets bad and dangerous food get through our borders because it is better for our multinational companies that pay less in taxes than the average person does? Companies that complain about "regulations" that keep the rest of America from turning out like Centralia, PA (Google it)? I have NO respect for people like that. NONE. So you keep gays from getting married. Big deal. So you prevent women in desperate circumstances and who have bad lives from getting abortions. Just so their children can have the same bad lives and live in the same desperate circumstanes. Great, that is one heck of an accomplishment. Not to mention letting already wealthy people just get wealthier. Look, the future wealthy people ARE NOT going to be YOU. THEY NOT GOING TO BE YOU, get over i

Wiley Coyote said...

...the Democrats want to extend help"....

It's that the new definition for "entitlements"?

One thing from Indy's rant is apparent and that is the Kool-Aid is working.

independent said...

Here, here Indy 474.....the voice of compassion and reason.

independent said...

Here, here Indy 474. The voice of compassion and reason!

Ghoul said...

Looks like independent and indy474 are the same person, who created those 2 profiles today to comment on this one article. Its either Fannie or Mary Newsome, who has a lot of free time on her hands lately.