Republicans Crushed As 86% Of Enrollees Are Satisfied With Their Obamacare

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As Republicans are working the Supreme Court to take Obamacare away from everyone in states that have not set up their own exchange, a new Commonwealth Fund survey has found that Obamacare is actually really liked. That is to say that 86% of people who have purchased private health plans on the Obamacare exchanges or who gained access to Medicaid are very satisfied or somewhat satisfied.

More than 8 out of 10 (86% to be exact) adults with marketplace or Medicaid insurance are satisfied with it.

About half of those with new coverage said they were better off now. I only bring this up because Republicans were snidely asking “Are you better off now?” As if somehow people were going to hate having healthcare.

I’m guessing Republicans don’t like the answer.

This is no small potato when it comes to elections either, as the Commonwealth Fund survey points out, “After the end of the Affordable Care Act’s second open enrollment period this spring, about 22 million people had enrolled in plans through the health insurance marketplaces or had newly enrolled in Medicaid.”

And later, survey says Obamacare is improving access to healthcare, “Survey evidence suggests ACA coverage is improving access. About 68 percent of adults currently enrolled in a marketplace plan or Medicaid sought care from a doctor or hospital or filled a prescription. Of those, 62 percent said they would not have been able to access or afford this care prior to getting their new insurance.”

Sixty-two percent said they wouldn’t have had access to this care before Obamacare. Republicans are working hard to take that away.

To bring this home, here’s an example of a real person helped by Obamacare: Debra Lea Oren of Palmer, Pennsylvania suffers from osteoarthritis “so severe it put her in a wheelchair, couldn’t walk or stand for years. She was in constant pain.” Obamacare helped her get out of the chair by giving her access to care. She wrote a letter to President Obama to beg him not to let Republicans “bully” him on Obamacare:

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There are so many more whose lives have been changed for the better due to getting access to healthcare via Obamacare. The President’s healthcare reform saved and improved lives. There is no way to overstate its impact on real people.

The Commonwealth Fund survey also found that contrary to Republican fear-mongering, there is no “socialist” wait for a doctor and the majority are happy with their doctors:

The latest Commonwealth Fund Affordable Care Act Tracking Survey finds the share of uninsured working-age adults was 13 percent in March-May 2015, compared with 20 percent just before the major coverage expansions went into effect. More than half of adults who currently have coverage either through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) marketplace plans or Medicaid expansion were uninsured prior to gaining coverage. Of those, more than 60 percent lacked coverage for one year or longer. More than six of 10 adults who used their new plans to obtain care reported they could not have afforded or accessed it previously. Majorities of people with ACA coverage who have used their plans express satisfaction with the doctors covered in their networks and are able to find physicians with relative ease. Wait times to get appointments with physicians in marketplace plans and Medicaid are comparable to those reported by other working-age adults.

Of course, things are not so great in red states where they didn’t expand Medicaid and many “adults” are still unaware of the Marketplace, subsidies and Medicaid expansion.

This would not be the case if Republicans hadn’t politicized Obamacare to the extent that they even threatened sports teams who offered to help educate American citizens about their options. We can also thank Fox News for keeping their cult in the dark. (I have run into multiple Fox News watchers who blame Obama for the failure of their Republican-led state to expand Medicaid.) And lastly we can thank the press for running with the drama of Republican fear-mongering instead of the real story that millions were suffering from a lack of access to healthcare due to an inability to get health insurance, even if they could pay for it.

Republicans are trying to take away insurance that 86% of Americans are satisfied with. Republicans said everyone would hate it and it would kill people, but neither of those predictions came true. As of yet, the press is not holding them accountable for their hysteria and flat out lies. It’s not like we needed a survey to know that people would like having access to healthcare. This is pure logic.

Meanwhile, Republicans still do not have an actual alternative to Obamacare. But they are working hard to kill it and thus harm the millions who are satisfied with their insurance.

25 Replies to “Republicans Crushed As 86% Of Enrollees Are Satisfied With Their Obamacare”

  1. American Academy of Actuaries chimes in: GOP “fixes” for King v. Burwell are utterly worthless
    http://acasignups.net/15/05/28/american-academy-actuaries-chimes-gop-fixes-king-v-burwell-are-utterly-worthless
    Money quote: “If the Supreme Court throws out the subsidies … this is going to be a political disaster for Republicans, and they’re unprepared for it,” said Robert Laszewski, an Obamacare opponent who is president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consulting firm. “It’s unbelievable how short-sighted the Republicans have been here.”
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102711624

  2. I can believe how shortsighted Republicans can be.

    And I imagine, so can Obama.

    Which made it easy for him to play them like an instrument.

  3. Ever since Reagan came into office, the GOP have proven time and time again that they know absolutely nothing about how the economy actually works. They got themselves into a box in trying to get rid of the ACA, and have proven they have no idea how insurance companies work either!
    The addition of the idiot Tea Party has just dragged them further and further down the rabbit hole. If they didn’t have such influence over certain media and so many ignorant (generally and/or willfully so), Americans, I’d fall off my chair laughing. Unfortunately, for the general populace this is no laughing matter…..

  4. Follow the money & the plot by those two German descendents, honest Charlie and love ya’ll David. And their main man and backup Christyun, Bendova Nevalikedyou. Joykillers.

  5. Ok OK!! now it’s time to upset all my liberal friends! because I’m going to tell the TRUTH and you can’t debate it. A- 86% of people LOVE their ACA plan, thats GREAT! I’m very happy! that’s pretty damn good considering trying to get 86% of todays american to agree on ANYTHING is a miracle, congratulations president Obama, congratulations democratic party! But heres MY question, would those numbers be even higher if Obama would have actually fought for the SINGLE PAYER? those numbers would have went to 90% and higher! I’m a supporter of Obama, but I’m not drunk off the KOOL AID like some liberals are. What pisses me off is, Obama is so COOL so under control so layed back about 99.9% of policy or when the GOP goes into their LYNCHING mode! MY point? Obama is on FIRE pushing the TTP, TTIP! he’s ALL over america pushing this! WHERE was ALL this FIRE during the SINGLE PAYER talks?!! Obama, like bill clinton, are corporate dems! ENOUGH ALREADY! BTW, don’t hate the messenger

  6. Further reading:

    Yet the single-payer system had already been compromised away when the final 2009-10 healthcare negotiations began. The deep opposition of some Americans to expanding government presented an insurmountable obstacle to adopting this rational, efficient and humane approach to insuring the health of the people of the nation. Recognizing this political reality, many Democrats compromised, even those who considered the single-payer approach to be by far the best policy.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/oct/15/opinion/la-oe-mansbridge-obamacare-democrats-single-payer-20131015

  7. If you think Max Baucus, Ben Nelson, Joe LIE-berman was going to pass Medicare for all then my friend you need to stop smoking the weed

  8. The ACA was a COMPROMISE with the GOP, because they HAD to keep the health insurance companies happy.

    How about medicare part D? Dumya insured the healh insurance companies were included. Why did the idiot agree to co-pays for formulary medications to be between 33% – 50% ??
    I have 2 formulary meds will cost about $1000.00 a month in CO-PAYS, luckely the great state of California will help me with this.

    I’M TIRED OF MY HEALTH BEING TRADED ON THE NYSE AS A COMMODITY.

  9. I see you’ve missed my point, I never said Obama didn’t try to get SINGLE PAYER, I simply said, Obama is on FIRE for the TPP !! to the point he FIGHTING against his own party!! HELLO! he’s jumped down Elizabeth Warrens throat! he upset with Bernie Sanders!! nancy pelosi is feuding with Obama about this!!! GET REAL!! Obama always seems to attack his base, but doesn’t mind his critics BASHING him! Obama got the game twisted!! I simply would have LIKED see Obama put in the amount of passion in 99.9% of the other things going on around him! BTW who in their right mind would vote on a trade bill without being able to study it??!!! that’s complete BULL$HIT!! and if a republican president would have tried doing that nonsense, EVERYBODY here would be screaming bloody murder!! theres a reason why the democratic party is FIGHTING Obama on this!! it’s BULL$HIT! it’s worst than NAFTA!!

  10. It boggles the mind the need to continue to explain the FACT we’ve been paying for the uninsured since st Ronny signed the friggin mandate in 1986.

    We’ve ALL been paying HIGHER health care costs since then, beating an ignorant tea bagger with 2 x 4 will NOT get them to understand this FACT.

    I’m tired of trying to educate the uneducated AND the unwilling to be educated. You present FACTS from CREDITABLE SOURCES and the scream “LIER” or “that’s a liberal site”. They are so blinded by their hatred of president Obama, it’s pathetic.

    Reagan’s healthcare mandate
    http://www.salon.com/2012/07/05/reagans_healthcare_mandate/
    Ronald Reagan Socialized Medicine in the United States
    http://www.eclectablog.com/2012/02/ronald-reagan-socialized-medicine-in.html

  11. Or perhaps Obama is indeed a master of manipulation.

    He wanted to change the way healthcare was done up in America. He went for Single-Payer, and ‘settled’ for ACA.

    Perhaps I’m giving him too much credit- that perhaps he didn’t want to pursue the TPP, but perhaps his hand was forced to for …who knows whatever reason…

    And so, he passively agressively prevents it’s passage by acting like he does want it?
    Going through the motions. It’s not like he’s facing the daunting reelection campaign…

  12. On that weirded out notion- how did Gay Marriage approval come about?

    Obama was originally waffling about it.

    Biden came out in favor, and wasn’t shot down. Result- Obama appears to back up his second in command, and now we have a goodly portion of America growing up.

    It could be that by having Biden speak out, it could’ve been a way to float the issue without sacrificing his own popularity.

  13. Congratulation Pres. Obama.. And I’m thankful for all that Pres. Obama have done and continue to do.
    Now maybe this will give scary dems a little backbone and stop running. Cause only one I see fighting to keep the ACA afloat is the president. You got some democrats out their taking cheats shots (Schumer D-NY).
    Anybody remember 2014 midterm?

  14. @Moongrim, I watched Obama and allen keys debate on television back in 1998?? I believe and Obama was anti GAY marriage, of course people can grow and learn, but my original point stands! WHERE was 1/10 or passion for the TPP that should have gone to a few other areas?? He’s fighting against his own party right now!! I’ve NEVER seen Obama this passionate about anything!! have you???? and I’m still waiting on someone to tell me, WHY would anyone sign a trade bill without being able to study it in DETAIL? WHY all the secrecy?? OH and after 6 yrs of constant obstruction!! NOW the GOP is on Obama’s side????!! BULL$HIT! I smell a RAT!!

  15. The GOP is not on the Presidents side. More of them voted no than Democrats. All trade agreements are negotiated in secrecy. Like I point out earlier the US Constitution was secret for the very reason they didn’t want the mob to derail it. Their words not mine.

    Ahh you will have a chance to read it in full and if you are a sloe reader I think you and your congresscritter have 90 days to read it and then if it is not good they will vote it down

  16. LMFAO NO @DJ, I’m not a SLOW reader, I just don’t EVER remember a trade bill that required FAST TRACK! do you? and no, I didn’t read the trade bill? NO! only members of congress gets that great honor, but you’re a damn fool if you think taking 700 MILLION dollars from medicare to be used to retrain DISPLACED – UNEMPLOYED american workers is a GREAT idea!, that 700 MILLION ideal was purposed by john boehner!, go read it at DALYKOS. and Obama, was ready to go! and that’s a major reason why the democratic party told Obama to forget it! Listen @DJ, if you wanna drink the KOOL AID, then have at it! but unlike you, I follow the MONEY and the history! NONE of these trade deals EVER benefits the WORKING MAN! thats exactly why the unions are against the TPP and the major environmental groups too. try doing some research before you come after me.

  17. Will the Krister Kreationists now try to get the veterinarian’s bill covered when they bring their dinosaurs in for healthcare?

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