What’s does ObamaCare have in common with my dinner tonite?

At our house, we play a game that I affectionately call “Guess the Food”.

Here’s the way it works …

My wife Kathy asks want I want for dinner tonite. I answer. She then explains why that’s not a good answer and asks the question again. I answer again, she explains again and repeats the question … until I guess the right food.

After decades of playing the game, I’ve gotten pretty good and can usually guess what I want for dinner by the 3rd or 4th guess.

OK, let’s tie that in to ObamaCare …

Pew recently released poll results that indicate an approval / disapproval gap of 14 percentage points (55% disapprove to 41% approve)

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And, as in earlier surveys, Pew reports opposition to the law is more intense than support: 43% of the public disapproves of the law very strongly – about 80% of the disapprovers — and only 26% approve of the law very strongly – a gap of 17 percentage points.

Geez, given 8 million sign-ups, how can that be?

 

According to the Washington Examiner

In a series of polls on Obamacare, the Kaiser Family Foundation has asked two simple questions that are particularly revealing about the new law’s reach:

  • “So far, would you say you and your family have personally benefited from the health reform law, or not?”
  • “So far would you say you and your family have been negatively affected by the health reform law, or not?”

The percentage of respondents who say they have benefited from Obamacare has inched up, from 14% last October, when the exchanges went online, to 18% in April.

But the percentage of those who say they or their family have been negatively affected has also increased, from 23% last October to 30% in April.

Of those who say they have benefited from Obamacare — half of the 18%– say the primary benefit has been to make health care more accessible.

Of the 30 percent who say they have been negatively affected, a big majority says Obamacare has increased their health care costs and narrowed their health care choices.

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Even the N.Y. Times is starting to buy in to the latter point.

In an article More Insured, but the Choices Are Narrowing the NYT leads with:

In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network — or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.

The Times explains that these so-called narrow networks … are a common feature in many of the (ObamaCare) plans. While the sizes of the networks vary considerably, many plans now exclude at least some large hospitals or doctors’ groups.

Insurance companies are saying: “We have to break people away from the choice habit that everyone has … and break away from this fixation on open access and broad networks.”

That raises a concern that insurers will limit access to specialists or certain hospitals.

“Too often, Obamacare cancels the policy you wanted to keep and tells you what policy to buy.”

“The thing you’re buying is access to the provider network … Right now it feels like you’re forced to guess.”

Hmmmm … and that’s right from the N.Y. Times.

It’s got me thinking ……

What do I want for dinner tonite?

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