In spite of the White House’s effort to delay the most onerous aspects of the law, sooner or later (likely before the 2016 presidential election) most of the controversial and burdensome aspects of the law – primarily the mandates – will be functioning.
McInturff suggested the failed ACA rollout will be seen as having the same impact as Watergate for Nixon, the hostage crisis for Carter and Katrina for Bush.
The most immediate problem that will affect the 2014 election is a pending health insurance rate hike. The apologists for the ACA are already trying to cushion blow by telling their constituents that:
- Rates vary
- Good provisions cause rates to increase; i.e., sell to and renew coverage regardless of preexisting conditions
- There are some provisions that could limit increases
- Finally, rates went up before ACA
- Gallup reports that despite the Obama administration’s claim of higher than expected enrollment, the ACA still has only 43 percent of the public’s support.
- Gallup reports few Americans believe the ACA has helped them (24%) and most believe it has had no effect (59%).
- Bloomberg reports 53 percent oppose the law, although only 32 percent want it repealed, which is down. But, 58 percent believe President Obama mismanaged the issue.
- FoxNews reports 55 percent wish the law never passed, including a quarter of Democrats (25%), a majority of independents (58%) and most Republicans (85%).