Is anybody happy with Obamacare?
President Barack Obama's signature legislation is in trouble. Catholics and Evangelicals are united in their objections that it forces Christians to pay for services they find repugnant and immoral. But they're not the only ones who are unhappy.
BY: Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
“When Jarrett and other liberals rant about companies limiting access to contraception, they’re deliberately misleading the public. Hobby Lobby and other owners can’t take away women’s health care that they never provided!”
Von Zwehl notes that the religious restoration act of 1993 “is aimed at preventing laws which substantially violates a person’s free exercise of religion unless the federal government has a compelling reason to do so. The question Christians across the country need to ask themselves is: Does the federal government have a ‘compelling’ interest in ensuring females have access to contraception and abortion inducing drugs?”
Perkins and Bowman recently commissioned a poll on the abortion-contraception mandate. They found that 59 percent of the country sides with Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood and the other companies suing the White House.
Others are seeking relief from the law through the courts, too. Missouri Legislator Paul Wieland and his wife Teresa filed a lawsuit contesting Obamacare’s infringement on their First Amendment rights. The couple is asking the courts to exempt their family from the mandate.
There are tens of millions of Americans across the country who do not have the resources to file individual lawsuits for exemptions. However, they all vote – thus prompting speculation the Obamacare may have cost Democrats their majority in the Senate.
But can Republicans hold onto power in the face of rapidly changing voter demographics?
“There is no better place to look for guidance than America’s first conservatives,” says David Lefer, author of the groundbreaking book The Founding Conservatives. “During the American Revolution the upper class founding conservatives were thrown out of office, as the lower classes got the right to vote for the first time. By the end of the war, the founding conservatives slowly fought their way back to power, finding a new political strategy that appealed to all the people, not just the rich.”
“They advocated for a rising standard of living through free-market capitalism—not radical redistribution of property advocated by the revolutionary left.,” writes Lefer. “They argued that by keeping the nation strong both militarily and economically they would create economic growth for all. Their strategy kept conservatives in power for twenty of the most formative years in American history, allowing conservatives to shape the basic political structures of America, from rewriting state constitutions to drafting the Constitution of the United States.”
And millions of voters who received letters from their providers saying their policies have been canceled because they don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act are likely to have long memories. Often the letters suggest a “similar” ACA-compliant plan that is a lot more expensive.
“For most of the recipients these letters are an unwelcome holiday surprise,” says financial counselor Eric Tyson, New York Times bestselling author of Personal Finance For Dummies®, 7th Edition. “They feel blindsided. In many cases they worry about whether they can afford hundreds of dollars more a month in premiums or pay a steeper deductible than before.”
ACA supporters point out that the ACA-compliant “replacement” plans are pricier because they offer more benefits—but many people chose their (now canceled) plans precisely because they didn’t want or need, say, maternity coverage or prescription drug coverage – or because they had religious objections to coverage for abortion, sterilization or contraception. When you pay for your own health insurance you tend to make educated purchasing decisions aimed at conserving costs and getting value for your money, notes Tyson.
“Many of these people are self-employed and have unpredictable cash flows, or perhaps they found the individual marketplace offered a better value than a spouse’s group plan,” he adds. “They deliberately bought high-deductible plans to keep premiums low. Let’s say you’re a middle-aged woman with a home-based business. Since you’re past childbearing age you chose a catastrophic plan without maternity coverage—and now you’re finding out that’s no longer an option. It’s upsetting.”
“The media likes to paint the GOP as a bunch of knuckle-dragging Neanderthals,” notes Perkins, “but Republicans aren’t the ones dragging women by the hair and treating them as single-dimension voters.”
“Obviously, this is a flawed mandate within a flawed law,” says Perkins. “And ironically, it may be doing more to kill health care coverage in the workplace than anything – especially as more employers drop their health care plans rather than submit to the President’s radical agenda.”
But it’s not just the Christians. The medical community is increasingly alarmed, too.
“Thousands of doctors are walking away from the exchange in a large-scale mutiny over the government’s reimbursement rates,” writes Perkins. “In California, where 70 percent of the 104,000 physicians are refusing to participate in Obamacare, practices stand to lose millions of dollars under the state’s bargain basement insurance rates.”
The Washington Examiner‘s Richard Pollack broke it down this way. “In other states, doctors receive between $500 to $700 to perform a tonsillectomy. In California under the state exchange, they get $160.”