Disaster Looming For Republicans As Poll Finds 64% Want To Keep Obamacare Subsidies

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A new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that Congressional Republicans are living in a difference universe from most Americans. The poll found that 64% of Americans want to Congress to act to restore ACA subsidies if the Supreme Court rules against the health care law.

Via the Kaiser Family Foundation:

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If the Supreme Court rules that financial assistance is only available in states with state-run marketplaces, nearly two-thirds of the public says that Congress should take action so that people in all states can be eligible for financial help to purchase health insurance. Majorities of Democrats and independents say they would support Congressional action while Republicans are more divided. And, although the Supreme Court’s decision would have significant implications for many people in states using the federal exchange, their views are similar to those of people living in states with their own marketplace.

A nightmare scenario for Republicans would unfold if the Supreme Court ruled the ACA subsidies unconstitutional in states that have not set up their own exchanges. Republicans are committed to killing the ACA. Their most ardent supporters want to kill the law. The problem is that nearly two-thirds of the American people want congressional Republicans to act to protect the subsidies if the Supreme Court rules them unconstitutional.

Millions of people will lose their health care if the subsidies go away. The fate of the subsidies would become a big issue in the 2016 presidential election, and the Republicans will be trapped between doing what a majority wants and what their right-wing ideological base wants. A Supreme Court ruling against the subsidies would be a disaster for the Republican Party. If Congressional Republicans refuse to act to restore, the subsidies voters will blame them for the loss of their health care.

The House has announced that they will vote to repeal the ACA next week. Only 32% of those polled in Kaiser poll want the law repealed. Congressional Republicans are completely out of touch with the majority of Americans on the issue of the ACA. If the Supreme Court rules against the subsidies, the conservative justices will be dropping a ticking time bomb into the laps of Republicans.

No matter how the Supreme Court rules, this won’t end well for the GOP.

38 Replies to “Disaster Looming For Republicans As Poll Finds 64% Want To Keep Obamacare Subsidies”

  1. What will happen if SCOTUS strikes down Obamacare federal subsidies?
    http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/what-will-happen-if-scotus-strikes-down.html

    These are the consequences as Volsky sees them:

    1. Millions of people [in no-exchange red states] will see triple digit premium hikes. …

    2. Millions of people [in no-exchange red states] will lose health care coverage. …

    3. Obamacare will face a death spiral. …

    4. Insurers will advocate for repealing market protections. …

    5. States [i.e., no-exchange red states] will lose billions of dollars. …

    6. The health of Americans living in [no-exchange] red states will worsen. …

    While states with state-run marketplaces won’t experience a disruption, those that allowed the federal government to build their exchanges will. The latter are mostly run by Republican-leaning lawmakers and already have higher numbers of uninsured on average.

  2. The right-wing blogosphere is full of all kinds of horror stories right now. One article I read states that each enrollee in the ACA will cost taxpayers $53.300.00, of course all the right-wing lemmings are beside themselves with rage. I have various right-wing sites coming to my FB news feed just so I can see what is out there, those folks are truly a danger to our nation. The levels of paranoia and ignorance are truly alarming.

  3. they seem to be ignorant of these:

    US Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq to Cost $6 trillion
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-wars-in-afghanistan-iraq-to-cost-6-trillion/5350789

    Medicare Part D will add $852 billion to the debt over the next 10 years
    http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/ReportsTrustFunds/Downloads/TR2013.pdf

    How much did the financial crisis cost us? $12.8 trillion, one group says
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/09/16/how-much-did-the-financial-crisis-cost-us-12-8-trillion-one-group-says/

    Ronald Reagan and The Great Social Security Heist
    http://www.fedsmith.com/2013/10/11/ronald-reagan-and-the-great-social-security-heist/

  4. It makes you wonder when John Boehner says the Republicans are carrying out the will of the American people…who are these people? Republicans are in an alternate universe.

  5. Give it a few months, the RWNJ’s won’t be calling it Obama Care anymore. Their brand new tag will be the Affordable Care Act or they’ll give it a snappy new name. Then we’ll hear how they tweaked it and this is their plan. So much better.

  6. But they are carrying out the will of the baggers who vote for them
    Why ‘Red’ States Shoulder The Deepest Cuts Under Obama
    Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding for a wide swath of discretionary grant programs, from Head Start preschool education to anti drug initiatives, fell by an average of 40 percent in Republican-leaning states like Texas and Mississippi.

    By contrast, funding to Democratic-leaning states such as California and politically competitive swing states like Ohio dropped by 25 percent.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/28/budget-cuts-obama_n_6563418.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

  7. Don’t confuse the voting populace with the real constituency. Voters are an inconvenient, ignorant mob that needs to be placated every 2 years.They are an easily distracted lot. The real constituents, the ones who the GOP actually works for, are the powerful corporations. The best interests of these two groups rarely intersect, and are are realistically mutually exclusive.

  8. every time I hear a politician say they speak for the American people regardless of party I want to sue them.while I am Progressive and agree with much of the Liberal political prattle there are times they do not speak for me. such would be the case for Brad Ashford, a Democrat that recently voted for the KXL which I am very much against.
    Republicans seem to be the most notorious in these claims. If they want to sue Obama why can’t the DNC sue them for false advertising?

  9. Texas and Mississippi are already cranking out the stupidest people from their schools.
    The tea bag/repubs will continue to be voted in by keeping ’em stupid.

  10. Republicans are on a scorched earth rampage. BURN EVERYTHING WE DIDN’T CREATE AND LETS START OVER!

  11. Antenna TV in Louisiana advertises: ‘Obamacare’ It’s free! Call now!

    Jindal’s god doesn’t win….

    They take away ACA and there will be riots.

  12. My post is not showing. If the SCOTUS ruled the AHA to be legal, why would this same court decide one part isn’t? If the law is legal, wouldn’t that include the subsidies legal? What part of this am I not understanding?

  13. You’re not a Reich wing bagger. Every lawyer that has look at this case say its bullshit but you can thank Nader, Kathleen Harris, Jeb Bush but most of all Sandra Day O’Conner for being the swing vote that installed Bush that gave us the Reich wing court that tramples the rights of the individual

  14. Terry,
    This came from the Daily Mail analysis of the bipartisan CBO projections which are typically on the low side because the liberal slanted news organizations of this country are bought and paid for by our government and vice-a versa.

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/253801993/CBO-January-2015-Outlook-on-Obamacare

    Of course if the President had not Grubered the American people and lied about the true costs the bill it would not have passed in the first place, “This bill will not add one dime to the deficit”. HAHAHA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84924572&feature=player_embedded&v=NCSrP44QgZ4&x-yt-ts=1422411861

    Have a nice day,
    Bob.

  15. I hope that when it comes perhaps they will finally let it go. But knowing these guys it will take a change in control of both houses of congress caused by voters voting against GOP opposition to the law.

  16. I doesn’t add to the deficit Bob, it actually reduces it because it is paid for through new taxes on the wealthy and by cutting spending on other areas. As a matter of fact, the deficit will be lower because of the ACA.

    I would also add that the Daily Mail is making it sound like those costs are for the immediate future instead of spread out over the next ten years like they actually are. No sane person ever said or thought that it would cost nothing, it is not “free”.

    I also don’t put much stock in anything the Daily Mail says, I am currently checking this out for myself.

  17. Republicons are so slow. Not only would millions of people lose their much needed, much loved health insurance, but the insurance companies would lose millions of customers and billions in profits and we know how much they covet their profits.

  18. Republicans Are At A Loss On What To Do If SCOTUS Nixes Obamacare Subsidies

    Many Republicans would view it as a dream come true if the Supreme Court were to slash a centerpiece of Obamacare by the end of June. But that dream could fade into a nightmare as the spotlight turns to the Republican Congress to fix the mayhem that could ensue.

    “It’s an opportunity that we’ve failed at for two decades. We’ve not been particularly close to being on the same page on this subject for two decades,” said a congressional Republican health policy aide who was granted anonymity to speak candidly. “So this idea — we’re ready to go? Actually no, we’re not.”
    Read More
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republican-response-king-burwell-obamacare

    Quote of the week
    “Our guys feel like: King wins, game over, we win. No. In fact: King wins, they [the Obama administration and Democrats] hold a lot of high cards,” the congressional Republican health policy aide said. “And we hold what?”

  19. You mean liberal news sources like FOX or The Blaze or the wash or Morning Joe, etc.? Shall I continue?

    Fer cryin’ out loud! There aren’t any mainstream liberal news sources any more. They all belong to our right-wing corporations.

  20. I only have one problem with this theory.

    All of those “red-state” insured leaving the marketplace will change the dynamics of the “pool”.

    this would most certainly have an effect on the rates of everyone remaining in the pool – would it not?

  21. Please consider using spell check or having someone review your work. I find it difficult, when a writer doesn’t bother to take the time to correct simple spelling or grammar mistakes, to believe that he/she has taken the time to check their facts.

    Not to say you have or haven’t checked your facts. Just to say that’s “lazy” presentation.

  22. People are smarter than the Left I see here.
    Prior to ACA there was not a disaster.

    ACA is not working, The right and left know it, so the left drops the failing system like a row of people taking one step back and pointing at the remaining person as if it is their fault.

    It started as a Disaster and will end as one. Created in the image of the average person by one single president.

    If it was working we would not have a discussion right now. Mute.

    Making a Health system partisan without the other side that funds it does not erase the fact that it was made without support. yes, what I say is simple, however I am just an average American like the rest that see a government exempting itself from the ACA while forcing it on others or forcing others to pay for others.

  23. Its not a disaster for people to lose their insurance if they or their children get sick? Not a disaster for the corporations to raise costs up to 3 times yearly?

    Sorry, but your silly analysis is just that. Silly. The ACA is working, millions are insured and you hate those Americans.

    Your stupidity of only compounded by ridiculous statements like the government exempting itself. Do you have any idea how stupid that is? Seriously? The congreess and its aids had to buy their insurance from the federal exchange if their state didnt go along with medicare. Boehner did it, google it. The people in the government get part of their insurance paid for by the government by contract. There is no exemption. Go back to fox and ask question and stop being a moron

  24. 6.6 million people have signed up for the ACA. Nearly 50% of these folks were people that already had health insurance but were either dropped or had their rates raised in order to meet the ACA minimums. In a country of 300 million people, that is 2.2% of the population. So what you are saying is that everybody else should donate some of their hard earned money to help pay for insurance for these people. Reality is that that the ACA has nothing to do with healthcare. It has to do with figuring out how to pay for all the retiring workforce and Medicaid. Tax, or force those that will least likely use the insurance, to buy into a insurance pool so those that no longer are working, or never were, will be covered because the gov’t has spent so much that they can’t cover the older and poorer anymore. It is a tax, the Supreme Court says it is a tax. There is no simple answer. It had to be a tax or the President and Congress couldnt have passed it as the gov’t cannot legally force the…

  25. Citizens to buy it. I know i feel better now that I was forced to get contraceptive coverage for my 5 and 9 year old daughters.

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