Sunday, November 7, 2010

Obamacare Strategy

Here is Sandeep Baliga on the Republican strategy of repealing Obamacare:

In the minds on most voters, the healthcare law in an unknown unknown – most of its provisions have not gone into effect and non-experts (and even experts?) have not read the bill fully. There was never a really serious discussion of the law in the main stream media so citizens just know various buzz words (“death panels”). The huge uncertainty made the law unpopular with voters and it gave Republicans an electoral advantage.

If the Republicans clamor to repeal the law, the Democrats can point to he features of the law that will be popular with voters (no denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, kids can stay on their parents’ policies till they are twenty six..). The law will go from being an unknown unknown into known unknown/known known territory.
I think this is a nice description of the political reality of the health care bill.

1 comment:

  1. I disagree with one part of it; specifically, the article states that voters will be supportive of the "no denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions" is NOT true.
    Many voters realize that this is a ridiculous part of the new reform. How will any company survive with such a policy? That portion of the bill will lead to a government takeover of health care.

    For example, imagine there are two people identical in every respect (drive the same car, live in the same region etc.) However, one of those people has a terrible driving record. What if car insurance companies were unable to deny providing insurance to the person with a terrible driving record?

    Insurance companies are in the business of making money. If they cannot avoid high-risk individuals, how will they survive?


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