Signed, sealed, and delivering, indeed — and the “delivering” part is where the real problems are coming in. I was wondering when we’d see the totally awesome grassroots advocacy group formerly known as the Obama Campaign specifically jumping in on what will surely become a furious push by the White House to successfully brand ObamaCare ahead of the 2014 elections as they scramble to get the thing implemented in time. Successful branding is going to rely on “informing” people about the law’s purported benefits, i.e. convincing them to sign up en masse for more expensive health care plans than they might actually need in order to prevent the systems collapse, and the Obama administration is well aware of the fact. Hence the e-mail from OFA executive director Jon Carson this morning, asking supporters: “Do you like Obamacare? Then I’m asking you to show it”:
And even though Obamacare has been the law for more than three years, the other side is still trying to chip away at it. The House of Representatives has voted to repeal it 37 times, and conservative state legislatures across the country are passing laws that make it harder for their constituents to get access to affordable care.
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Well, they certainly have their work cut out for them. As Ed pointed out this morning, even certain Democrats are starting to edge away from the behemoth law in more ways than one, and a recent NBC/WSJ poll found that ObamaCare’s unpopularity has reached a new high with a record 49 percent of Americans reporting that they think the law is a bad idea and only 37 percent thinking it’s a good one. As for employers, suffice it to say that a lot of these guys probably won’t be on board:
Obamacare may cost more than experts previously thought, according to a survey of 900 employers released Wednesday. As companies scramble to prepare for a wave of new health care rules that go into effect next year, an increasing number have become pessimistic about the cost, according to Mercer, a benefits consulting firm.
Roughly one in five employers (19 percent) now expect that health care costs will rise by more than 5 percent as the result of the law. When asked the same question two years ago, only 14 percent of respondents thought the Affordable Care Act would significantly raise costs. Moreover, just 9 percent of employers still think the law will have little or no impact on costs. When asked the same question two years ago, a quarter of the respondents thought the impact would be minimal. Almost a third of employers say they still can’t predict the impact.