Obamacare Repeal Should Be Part of Any Deficit Plan
11:00 AM, Sep 20, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that, by a margin of 20 percentage points (56 to 36 percent), Americans support the repeal of Obamacare. This marks the first time since the spring of 2010, shortly after Obamacare’s passage, that 3-straight Rasmussen polls have shown at least 20-point margins in favor of repeal.
According to the latest poll, independents favor repeal by a margin of 21 percentage points (53 to 32 percent), with 40 percent of independents “strongly” favoring repeal and only 22 percent “strongly” opposing it. And by a margin of more than 2-to-1, independents think Obamacare would be “bad” (54 percent), rather than “good” (26 percent), for the country.
The poll shows that, among all likely voters (not just independents), support for repeal outpaces opposition to repeal among men (by 25 points), women (by 16 points), private employees (by 20 points), government employees (by 19 points), entrepreneurs (by 36 points), retirees (by 18 points), union members (by 25 points), non-union members (by 21 points), every income group (by between 5 and 34 points), people with health insurance (by 21 points), and — yes — people without health insurance (by 15 points).
Obamacare would cost more than $2 trillion during its real first decade (2014 to 2023), according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) — and far more if, as appears likely, a lot more employers were to dump their employees into Obamacare’s taxpayer-funded exchanges than the CBO projects. Yet, unsurprisingly, President Obama’s deficit plan does not call for repealing his signature legislation, despite its extraordinary unpopularity.
Repeal would prevent Obamacare’s massive expansion of Medicaid. It would prevent nearly $1 trillion (from 2014 to 2023) from being siphoned out of Medicare and spent on Obamacare. It would prevent Americans from being forced to buy government-approved health insurance under penalty of law and being forced to live under jaw-dropping levels of consolidated and centralized control.
But it can’t happen until a different occupant moves into the White House.
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