By Bill Maher
With our Republican Congress doing absolutely nothing to sustain or to improve Obamacare and, in fact, doing everything they can to sabotage it, it’s no wonder people don’t like it, right? It’s like buying someone a puppy and not letting them train or care for it and then saying, “Look what a bad dog you have.” But what’s funny is people do like it.
In a survey performed by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, 71 percent of people in the Obamacare/Medicaid marketplace said they find their plans “good,” “very good” or “excellent.” On top of that, 84 percent of people enrolled in Obamacare say their coverage has either improved or stayed the same.
Sure, 7 percent of Obamacare enrollees say their health insurance has gotten worse, but not everything is a win-win-win across the board for all. Considering that, as of March of this year, the Department of Heath and Human Services reports that 20 million previously uninsured Americans have gained healthcare coverage due to Obamacare, the uninsured rate among black Americans has dropped by 50 percent, the uninsured rate among Hispanic Americans has dropped by more than 25 percent and the uninsured rate among white Americans is down 50 percent, I’d say Obamacare is working in spite of the Republicans’ conscienceless cock-blocking. Just think how many more people would be insured and just how low that 7 percent dissatisfaction rate would fall if Republicans embraced reality, allowed Medicaid expansion in their states and worked in good faith to improve the system.
Despite 71 percent of people saying they’re happy with their Obamacare and 84 percent saying their coverage has improved or remained unchanged, a full 50 percent of Americans still oppose it. It’s like facts or public wellbeing don’t matter as much as staying loyal to Team Red and winning the partisan pissing contest.
Isn’t it time for Obama to make a secret deal with Republicans, allowing them to repeal Obamacare and replace it with an identical “Republican” plan called RonaldReaganFreedomJesusCare? That way Republicans could take full credit for its success and finally perform their duty to improve and sustain it.