The Obama Administration has issued the final regulations for ObamaCare’s individual mandate. This controversial provision of the law, which goes into effect at the beginning of next year, requires most Americans to purchase health insurance coverage or face a punitive tax of $95 or 1% of their gross income.
Even as these regulations for the individual mandate are being implemented, Americans are weary of the provision and want it repealed or delayed, according to a recent tracking poll from The Morning Consult.
The poll, which was conducted at the end of July, found that 60% of registered voters oppose the individual mandate. It also shows that 49% want the individual mandate repealed while 28% believe it should be delayed. Only 39% support the provision and just 24% believe the provision should be implemented on schedule.
The Morning Consult also found that 57% of registered voters believe that ObamaCare will make healthcare more expensive for them through higher co-payments, premiums, and deductibles. Forty-one percent (41%) say that the law will make healthcare less expensive.
The House of Representatives passed measures last month to codify the administration’s one-year delay of the ObamaCare’s employer mandate as well as delay individual mandate. The Senate refused to take up either piece of legislation, which effectively killed the measures. The White House also issued a veto threat.
David Freddoso placed heavy emphasis on the need for Republicans to start campaigning against ObamaCare as well as promoting an alternative to Americans who have an unfavorable view of the law.
“The poll also shows that Republicans should probably start campaigning against the worst provisions in the bill instead of merely shouting for repeal,” wrote Freddoso yesterday at Conservative Intel. “Only 34 percent of the registered voters surveyed said they want the bill to be defunded or repealed, but an additional 33 percent want it changed.”
“This means that as many as two-thirds might support a full replacement of Obamacare with something that is better than the pre-Obamacare status quo,” he added.
There have been alternatives proposed to ObamaCare. For example, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who practiced as an orthopedic surgeon before entering Congress, has offered a comprehensive bill that is patient-centered and consumer-friendly.
Unfortunately, Price’s healthcare proposal hasn’t received much attention. That may be because there is so much focus on defunding ObamaCare and holding show repeal votes that there is little emphasis from the law’s opponents in Congress on the need to coalesce behind a particular alternative to ObamaCare.
Republicans have won the battle for public opinion against ObamaCare, at least to this point. Poll after poll reflects that. But coming up with a very specific policy alternative that they can present to Americans is still elusive. That has got to change.