A new poll unveiled by the USA Today newspaper reveals two things. First, Americans do not want socialized medicine as it is offered by the US Federal government and second, Americans do not approve of the way Barack Obama has handled healthcare as a whole.
The new Pew Research poll, which consulted just over 1500 people, between September 4 and September 8, shows that three years after the US president signed the so-called Affordable Care Act, Americans reject Obamacare more than ever before.
When questioned as to whether they approve or disapprove Obamacare, only 26 percent approved very strongly while 16 percent said they did not approve it so strongly. Meanwhile, the number of people who strongly oppose Obamacare today reaches more than half of those interviewed. A total of 41 percent say they strongly oppose it, while 12 percent oppose it not so strongly. In total, 42 percent approve of Obamacare, while 53 percent oppose it.
But what do Americans think about the way the Obama administration has handled the healthcare issue? The numbers aren’t any better. When asked if they approved or disapproved Obama’s way of handling health care policy, only 41 percent approved, while 53 percent disapproved.
In both cases, only a small minority — 5 and 6 percent respectively — said they were not sure or did not know.
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These numbers are somehow not surprising if one takes into consideration that popular opposition to Obamacare has been palpable for a long time. Obama’s health care plan was only able to pass as a law due to the use of legal trickery both in the US Congress and at the US Supreme Court.
Opposition to Obamacare is as diverse as the number of political ideologies, religious groups and ethnicities. Among opponents of Obamacare there are Republicans, Democrats, elected governors and Mayors, former and current Congressmen and women and of course the general public, who still are not clear about how the new law will impact their access to healthcare.
Doctors, on the other hand have spoken well and not so well about healthcare reform, with many physicians choosing to retire from their careers due to the invasive nature of the legislation whose health care exchanges open for enrollment in two weeks.
Most of the confusion about Obamacare stems from the mainstream media propaganda games with liberal pundits swearing by the greatness of the law, while conservative shows use scare tactics to talk about the negative points, but fail to clearly explain why and how Obamacare is not good for them.
In reality, Obamacare is not only bad news because of what it intends to do with the healthcare system — to build a centralized, government controlled medical scheme –, but also for the precedent it sets regarding what prerogatives the federal government is entitled to when it comes to addressing the healthcare system.
For example, the passage of Obamacare establishes the precedent that the federal government has the power to force you to buy private goods and services. No law had ever done that, and now the federal government may want to mandate that people’s access to other products or services be restricted, based on the approval by the Supreme Court of what it is known as the Affordable Care Act.
Obamacare is yet one more departure from individual liberty and in the direction of a “nanny state” society, where the federal government decides what people can and can’t do.
Obama gave the US Internal Revenue Service $500 million dollars to enforce Obamacare. The IRS task now includes chasing and punishing those who decide not to purchase government insurance or any other type for that matter.
Although Obama promised he would not raise taxes on Americans, especially when it came to health insurance, his administration has not only raised taxes but has done it more heavily on people earning less than a quarter of a million dollars. A total of 20 new taxes have been imposed in order to financially support Obamacare. Among those new taxes are:
Individual Mandate Excise Tax (Jan 2014), Employer Mandate Tax (Jan 2014), Surtax on Investment Income ($123 billion/Jan. 2013), Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans ($32 billion/Jan 2018), Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax ($86.8 billion/Jan 2013), Medicine Cabinet Tax ($5 billion/Jan 2011), HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike ($1.4 billion/Jan 2011), Flexible Spending Account Cap – aka“Special Needs Kids Tax” ($13 billion/Jan 2013), Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers ($20 billion/Jan 2013), Raise “Haircut” for Medical Itemized Deduction from 7.5% to 10% of AGI ($15.2 billion/Jan 2013), Tax on Indoor Tanning Services ($2.7 billion/July 1, 2010), Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D ($4.5 billion/Jan 2013), Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike ($0.4 billion/Jan 2010), Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals (Min$/immediate), Tax on Innovator Drug Companies ($22.2 billion/Jan 2010), Tax on Health Insurers ($60.1 billion/Jan 2014), $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives($0.6 billion/Jan 2013), Employer Reporting of Insurance on W-2(Min$/Jan 2011), Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting($17.1 billion/Jan 2012), “Black liquor” tax hike (Tax hike of $23.6 billion, Codification of the “economic substance doctrine”(Tax hike of $4.5 billion).
Source: Americans for Tax Reform
But perhaps the scariest of all measures imposed under Obamacare is the limitations created by the legislation on medical treatment.
The legislation, in a supposed effort to “control costs” and improve “efficiency”, limits treatment options for doctors and patients. In many cases, healthcare will be denied directly and in other occasions, it will simply be delayed by bureaucratic maneuvering, higher costs for doctors and patients or lack of medical attention given the number of people who may depend on Obamacare.
Much of the support for Obamacare was built on the notion that more people would be able to enjoy ‘free’ health care since everyone who wished to be covered would be able to apply for federally mandated medical care, but as we have shown, Obamacare will not only not increase the number of people who are covered, but will instead delay and deny care to the poor and middle class folks who cannot afford to pay for healthcare themselves. With time, Obamacare may be, due to its monopolistic nature, the only option for the 99 percent and the power of providing or denying healthcare will lie on the hands of liberal bureaucrats, not doctors or patients.
Both Obama and the medical industry — the people who wrote the bill — knew that the only way to make healthcare ‘affordable’ was to reduce access to medical care as well as to mandate corporate run healthcare through the iron fist of the Federal Government, and that is exactly what Obamacare accomplishes.
Nothing of this is clearly explained by the mainstream media, which have turned the healthcare debacle into a side show to distract and polarize the population. When someone attempts to make things clearer, he or she is immediately labeled as a racist or a Conspiracy Theorist, mainly by the liberal, government funded media.
Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute. Read more about Luis.