Remember a couple of months ago when the Obama administration sent letters to four states promising to use federal agents to enforce Obamacare if the states failed to? Well, it appears that smug arrogance may have been a bit premature.
Reuters reported last month that many of the Affordable Care Act’s supporters are getting concerned that the states are not doing enough to support the legislation and that, without their help, enough people may not sign up. It turns out that there is good cause for these concerns because “most states have balked at the exchanges and the Medicaid expansion.” The exchanges are the infrastructure on which Obamacare is built and the states’ refusal to create them has created complexity for the federal government’s efforts to implement it.
Talking about the federal government’s limited ability to advertise the program, one advocate said, “It’s going to require a very robust effort in the private sector.” The expectation of this would appear to be an unwarranted exercise in optimism given the fact that the public “is highly skeptical…about the most complex social legislation since…the mid-1960s.” A recent poll shows that only 37% of Americans think that Obamacare is a good idea while 49% believe that it is bad. Only 38% of respondents think they will be better off as a result of the ACA.Details