Inside Politics: Two days of reckoning for Obamacare

Image Credit: Healthcare.gov

Image Credit: Healthcare.gov

(CNN) – This year’s first day of reckoning for President Barack Obama’s signature domestic initiative is fast approaching. The second is seven-plus months away.

The big question: Will the math on the first have anything to do with the math on the second?

March 31 is the first benchmark: the first big enrollment deadline for what Democrats prefer to call the Affordable Care Act. The second is Election Day in November.

The administration is all but certain to fall short of its stated enrollment goal of 7 million. But after a disastrous initial rollout, crossing the 6 million mark by the March 31 deadline appears within reach, and the White House will make the case that it is a policy success that leaves the program on a firm footing.

But whether the improving numbers can be used to reshape the political climate as it relates to the health care law depends on whether Democrats on the ballot this year in competitive races have the courage to more forcefully rebut the Republican argument that the health care law is a disaster.

Note: The above text is excerpted directly from an article appearing at CNN.com. Click here to read the full story.

41 comments

  • Wake Up

    Democrats prefer to call it the Affordable Care Act because that is the real title — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act! It is the opponents that call it Obamacare.

    • Branko Pezdi

      You leave out the little fact that Obama himself called it Obamacare until it became the collapsing failure it currently is.

      • Wake Up

        Actually, the President started embracing the term to take away the negative stigma attached to it by opponents.

      • Branko Pezdi

        “the negative stigma attached to it by opponents.”

        LOL! As far as its negative stigma is concerned, Obamacare is doing very well all by itself.

      • Wake Up

        Branko, less than 25% of the population want Obamacare repealed. The majority either support the law or just want a few tweaks — not a repeal! As in other historical events, this area of the country (you) are on the wrong side of history.

      • Branko Pezdi

        “less than 25% of the population want Obamacare repealed. The majority either support the law or just want a few tweaks — not a repeal! As in other historical events, this area of the country (you) are on the wrong side of history.”

        A total and complete lie. On Obamacare, pollsters have stopped asking the binary support/oppose question, on which the law has consistently been upside down by 12 to 25 points in virtually all polling. They’re now giving respondents three options, asking whether they support the law and want it kept intact, whether they want to see changes to the law, or whether they favor full repeal. On that question, in a NYT/CBS poll conducted in late February, just six (!) percent pick the first option. Half of respondents want changes, and 42 percent back full repeal. Libs like you try to spin this into evidence of public support for the law, which couldn’t be further from the truth. When offered the choice between maintaining the current law or scrapping it, repeal wins easily. A substantial majority would prefer to return to the pre-Obamacare system than continue under the new law as it exists. And super-majorities oppose the individual mandate tax, which is the tent pole of the law. Make that popular “change,” and Obamacare collapses. Among the few popular elements of Obamacare are protecting people with pre-existing conditions and allowing “children” to remain on their parents’ plans through age 26 — both of which will certainly be preserved in an eventual Republican alternative to the law.

    • Branko Pezdi

      “The White House approved an exemption in Obamacare coverage for Congress and members of their staff. Members complained that the Affordable Care Act will cost them thousands extra a year in premiums. Wait a minute. It’s their bill. If it’s too expensive, why did they name it the Affordable Care Act?” –Jay Leno

      • Wake Up

        Branko, the Affordable Care Act only applies to those that do not get their health insurance from their employers. The Congress gets their health insurance from their employer (the government). Why should the Affordable Act apply to them? Why would you want to set up something that applies to them and not the rest of the country?

      • screw aarp

        Wakeup , please provide us with your data,please do not supply us with those left leaning sites , like The Huffington Post, CBS, CNN, MSNBC.

      • Wake Up

        Why not? You only use right leaning news sources as your data. Just because you don’t agree with the data that does not make it incorrect/inaccurate.

    • Wake Up

      I have no idea what socialist call it. Liberals call it progress. As a middle-aged, white, male, military veteran; I am glad to see that we are on our way to allowing every American to have the same good health insurance coverage that I have been privileged to have all my life!

  • Brandon Parker

    Call it what you will. Being mandated by the government to buy a product or service is just wrong. The Affordable Care Act aka “Obamacare”, is a step towards socialism no matter how you look at it.

    It is one thing to buy land in this country and start a social commune for you and your friends to share the bounty of your labors on said land. It is quite another to force it upon a mass group of people who don’t want it.

    Personally I’m hoping these numbers fall short, the Democrats lose in November, and the Libertarian Party manages to take the White House.

    • Wake Up

      So, you feel it is wrong to require people to not drive around uninsured to protect other drivers (mandated liability insurance)? In your world, what happens when an uninsured driver hits your car? What is the “libertarian” answer to this event?

      On a different note, if you are a home owner, do you take the mortgage deduction on your income tax? As a libertarian, shouldn’t you refuse that socialist giveaway to homeowners? Why is the government in the business of supplementing non-poor families with other people’s tax money? Isn’t it theft to take money from one person to give to another person just so that they can buy a house?

      • Branko Pezdi

        What a complete red herring bringing automobile insurance into this discussion. Auto insurance is not even remotely close to what health insurance is forced to be by the government or what obamacare is and mandates. There is nothing unreasonalbe or unconstitutional about requiring auto insurance for the **privilege** (not right) of holding a drivers license. The difference is that auto insurance is completely run – successfully so – by the free market without the idiotic and tyrannical mandates forced upon health insurers by obamacare.

      • Wake Up

        It is only a red herring because it does not support your libertarian utopia model. Hypocrites like you are consistent — if it benefits you it is not an example of what you dislike when the same type of program helps people you hate.

      • Wake Up

        The ACA also leaves health insurance being run by the free-market. Like auto insurance, the ACA only mandates required levels of coverage as a minimum. Health insurance and car insurance mandates are the same.

  • Speaking truth

    Let’s call it what it truly is. More welfare in disguise, at this rate the people receiving these “benefits” eventually won’t be required to pay for the drugs they buy. How about all the nice cars you see while driving by the projects. How is it they can afford those yet can’t even make a house payment? I honestly feel bad for the kids who are raised in that and believe it is a normal way of life. Having zero future sounds like hell to me

    • Wake Up

      I am often in the “projects” and do not see the “nice” cars that you are referring to in your post. As I posted, we give more government giveaways to the non-poor by providing them with a mortgage interest deduction. Why is the government even giving the non-poor any subsidy for them to purchase a house? Many people would not be able to afford a house purchase if not for that government subsidy. Those people are also buy nice cars because the government (you the tax payer) is helping them with their house payment.

      So, here is what I hear you saying — if your tax money is used to help poor people it is bad, if it is used to help you and people you like, it is good. As usual — hypocritical!

      • Speaking truth

        You must not live in huntsville if you have never seen the cars I am referring to. Secondly the reason they give a deductible to people for mortgages is because they are already providing the poor with free housing so in order to allow people to be able to house themselves as you should, they try and make that a more reasonable financial cost. With that being said I can assure you that even if we did not have a subsidy because I chose to go to college and make a reasonable income unlike others. I have no problem with some help being given to the poor, I just do not understand how the amount of money being spent is justifiable.

      • Wake Up

        You just justified the money going to the non-poor. Why would you have a hard time with justifying the money going to the poor?

  • Speaking truth

    Actually I would have no problem with all of the government money being spent on actual government issues instead of giving any possible handout to people, rich or poor. All it is doing is creating more people dependent on the government, the real reason democrats are ever in office, they have a great following from the poor because they are all for any type of free something they can give.

    • Wake Up

      Are you saying that the Republicans would do away with every government program in existence if they were in control? Actually, they would not. They also support government handouts. They just favor a different group than the Democrats.

      • Speaking truth

        That’s not what I am saying at all, I am just saying that they do not rely on the votes of every needy person in the nation, therefore they would more than likely choose not to continually provide more and more government handouts and you are correct in saying they target a different group, the middle class which basically runs this country and deals with the constant burden the lower class has become

  • paul

    WAKE UP, thank you for trying to help explain the AHA to the right wing nazi klan kleengon tea baggers; they want their country back! They can’t get past their own selfishness. I too am white, male, and ex-military. And, like WAKE UP, I have a conscience. You can’t watch FOX (or FIXED) News and believe it and have a conscience. I think the posters dogging you are all Christain Conservatives; we’re still waiting on the Christain part to kick in

  • paul

    WAKE UP, thank you for trying to explain the AHCA to our fellow citizens. Some folks posting just don’t get it and will never get it! I would bet they call themselves Christain Conservatives, but the christain part hasn’t kicked in just yet.

    • Speaking truth

      If we call ourselves Christian Conservatives do you call yourselves Lamentable Lazy Liberals? Just wondering

  • Speaking truth

    Good try, I actually don’t consider myself to be a Christian Conservative, I believe I’m things like gay marriage but I do have conservative views as far as the economy goes. Giving handouts for votes is a problems and it costs far to much money given the state of our nation. Poor or not I think people should try and support themselves and by giving people everything they could possibly need it does not produce self relying people.

  • General

    What happened to liberalims that supported people’s freedom and stood against government intervention in areas? Where are the liberlas who believe in personnel freedom and personnel responsibility.

    People who use the threat of violence via the strong arm of the govenrment to push their agendas, ethics and morales on everyone else disgust me.

    • paul

      The general has been demoted to private. Generals should know what they are talking about, privates have a lot to learn!

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