The results of a new Rasmussen poll released yesterday reveal that 33% of U.S. voters now say their health insurance coverage has changed as a result of Obamacare, and the same pecentage say the change has been for the worse.
Favorable opinions of the law are down from 45% two weeks ago and are the lowest measured since late December. Unfavorables hit an all-time high of 58% in mid-November. Favorables fell to a record low of 36% in that same survey.
Another poll indicates that 77% support purchasing health insurance across state lines. Why is this relevant? Because portability of premiums is one of the bullet points on every GOP alternative to Obamacare proposed to date. It suggests that the tug of war between supporters of the Affordable Care Act and opponents is far from over.
What adds fuel to the argument of those who would like to see the law replaced is the tacit admission by the administration that the ACA in its current form is untenable. That is one reason for the endless parade of delays in the implementation of its provisions. Another delay is due to be announced as early as this week, according to The Hill. Under it, insurers will be able to keep offering health plans that fail to meet Obamacare’s minimum coverage requirements.
Much of the motivation for this latest delay is political. The White House understands that the law’s unpopularity is likely to result in the GOP’s claiming enough seats to take control of the Senate in November. But at least some of the rationale for another stall is the law’s inherent sloppiness and internal contradictions. It remains to be seen whether the law can be salvaged.