Thursday, April 17, 2014

Democrats take lead in Health Care policy.

While the news is good, Democrats are now left a lot of time before the midterms for the Republicans to bash the Affordable Care Act unmercifully. That's because no one can sign up again until later in the year, after the elections. If the numbers had been allowed to increase with new signups, with no limits the first year, the growing numbers would bolster public support.

As it is, the ACA will actually lose numbers (churn) due to many getting finding work, getting employer provided care. Here are the numbers:
Reuters: Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll:
32% of respondents in the online survey said they prefer Democrats' plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans.

In a February poll, just around 25% said Democrats had a better plan … increased to 31 percent in March and 32 percent in April.

Republicans' healthcare plans had the backing of 24% in the March survey, (sliding) 6 percentage points in April.
If the Republicans weren't their own worst enemy…I hate to think what would happen:
"Democrats have not managed to have a huge lead over Republicans so much as Republicans have managed to damage their own position and stay behind Democrats," said Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson. "That's because people don't view the Republican Party as standing for any particular healthcare system." 

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