So, CNN released a poll yesterday on public support for the Affordable Care Act. The needle on overall support does not seem to have moved much, stuck at 43%. But while media outlets are trumpeting a 54% opposition rate for Obamacare, an interesting story lies in the breakdown of the opposition
The survey indicates that 35% oppose the health care law because it's too liberal, with 16% saying they oppose the measure because it isn't liberal enough.
That whittles down to 25% of the liberals
in the survey saying they do not support the president's health care law. You know
which crowd this is - this is the Left's very own "kill the bill" and public option pony crowd.
Someone needs to tell me why the following somehow isn't "liberal enough:"
- A massive expansion of an actual public health care program - Medicaid - to cover everyone under 133% of poverty.
- Closing the Medicare prescription coverage gap.
- The end of the worst insurance company abuses, including pre-existing condition discrimination, gender discrimination, and price fixing.
- Mandated coverage for women's reproductive care, and no-copay coverage for primary care.
- Making large corporations pick up their fair share of their employees' health care.
- Letting individuals buy insurance from statewide pools, creating the largest subsidies for health care ever in American history to assist in the purchase of insurance for those with up to 400% of poverty-level income.
I could go on, but we have gone through this before, and I don't want to be too repetitive. So what's the beef? The individual mandate? I'm pretty sure that liberals should not have any problems with the concept that if you can afford to contribute to your own health insurance if you can afford it - they even have a term for someone having to contribute their fair share. It's called a tax, which is incidentally the authority of Congress the Supreme Court upheld while recognizing the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Of course, there are also the people that are hanging onto the ever elusive public option - the presence of which would have killed reform altogether - and those that are mad that President Blackenstein did not wave a magic wand and usher in a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system. But I'm not being fair to the Left's screaming heads. Not all of them believe that Barack Obama should have waved his magic wand to accomplish this. A significant portion also seems to believe that an crossing the threshold of an undetermined amount of podium pounding would have accomplished the same.
Opposing the Affordable Care Act - the most progressive leap forward in health care reform at least since the advent of Medicare and probably the greatest strengthening of the social safety net since the creation of Social Security - because it's not "liberal enough" is a lot like opposing air travel because consumer jets do not travel at the speed of sound.
I am not holding out hope that the Leftist establishment will suddenly have an epiphany about the benefits of the ACA - at least not till someone they love needs it. But I would like all liberals who oppose Obamacare to ask themselves a few simple questions:
- Is your child, in her early 20's, on your insurance plan? If so, thank Obamacare.
- Did you go to the doctor in the past year and a half for a yearly checkup and pay no copay? If so, Obamacare saved you money.
- Do you or an elderly parent get a Medicare drug rebate? Obamacare did that.
- Did your insurance company suddenly drop their opposition to covering your child because they have a health condition? Obamacare made them do that.
- Do you want gender parity, mental health parity and health status parity in health insurance? Look, Obamacare!
- Do you care about those having the hardest time being able to get fully publicly funded health care? Then you should be filled with gratitude about Obamacare.
- Do you care about stopping Walmart and corporations like them from milking the taxpayer for their employees' health care to add to their bottom lines? If so, "Occupy" needs to send a giant thank you note to President Obama for the ACA.
- Would you like to be able to leave a job and take another one without having to worry about going without health insurance? Drop to your knees and kiss the ground that Obamacare is standing on.
If you care about real people at all, you should be thankful for the Affordable Care Act. There is not one iota of reason for liberals to oppose the ACA, not to mention make up fully a third of the opposition. Except, of course, ODS, or Obama Derangement Syndrome. The Left's establishment - the people who dominate the Left's media outlets new and old - still has not accepted the President as the legitimate leader of the progressive movement in this country. And they can't get over the fact that he got things done by setting their agitation aside.
That's why if you consider yourself a liberal, it's time for you to rethink not only your position on Obamacare but your support of establishment Leftist groups like MoveOn and CREDO and Left's media mouthpieces like Salon and Daily Kos. Republicans have a big problem with the Tea Party sabotaging them. Let's cut out our diseased parts before they move us to the same shallowness the Tea Party has moved the right.