Have you ever seen pictures or video of a prairie chicken in the spring? The males strut about with their chests all puffed out, making a booming sound to announce their presence to all the females around. At the end of March, President Barack Obama reminded me of a male prairie chicken as he strutted before the microphone and began booming that Obamacare was a success because they signed up 7 million people.
Since his pronouncement, there have been a number of articles about how fallacious his numbers are. Some sources estimated that the real number of enrollees who have actually paid for their healthcare is less than 900,000.
Then you have to consider the fact that over 4 million previously insured Americans lost their coverage due to Obamacare. The target of Obamacare is the uninsured, but the majority of the people signing up are those that already had insurance or had theirs cancelled. The success of Obamacare is based on signing up a large percentage of young and healthy individuals, but again, Obamacare has failed to reach that target also.
While Obama struts around like a prairie chicken booming the success of Obamacare the American people do not have the same feelings of success as he does. In the latest Rasmussen Report, only 23% of likely US voters considered Obamacare to be a success. Double that amount, 46% said they believe the program to be a failure and 29% said it was somewhere in between the two.
When asked if Obamacare will be good for the country, only 38% said yes and 50% said no.
When asked what should be done with Obamacare, 44% said that Congress needs to repeal Obamacare and that they should start all over on a better plan. A slightly lesser number, 39%, said that Congress needs to go through Obamacare piece by piece to improve the law and only 15% said it should be left as is.
Perhaps a more telling find was that 57% of Democrats surveyed said that Obama and Congress need to go through Obamacare piece by piece to fix it. To no surprise, 71% of Republicans responding said the same thing.
When asked if Republicans win control of Congress in this year’s elections, do they believe Obamacare will be repealed, 62% said yes. On the flip side, only 29% said that they don’t believe that the Republicans will repeal Obamacare if they win control of Congress.
If they had asked me, I would have told them that Obamacare is terrible for the country and that it should be repealed but NOT replaced. The federal government needs to stay out of the lives of Americans. They have grown too big and too powerful and we cannot afford to keep it alive with our tax dollars. The Founding Fathers intended the federal government to be small and more of a support group for the states, which is why they wrote the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution giving states the power OVER the federal government. We need to return that concept and eliminate at least two-thirds of the federal government and give states back the power they are supposed to have.