Implementing Obamacare is top story for 2013

The rollout train wreck knocks out all other contenders, even sports. Photo: Casualty of Obamacare cost /AP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., December 29, 2013 — According to an AP-Times Square poll from early December, the failed rollout of the Obamacare law was considered by respondents by far the most important story of 2013. Twenty-six percent rated it highest, dwarfing the next two stories, “The death of Nelson Mandela” and “The federal government’s budget troubles: sequestration, the fiscal cliff and the government shutdown,” which were tied at only eight percent each.

The much-hyped media story about Trayvon Martin came in at only one percent, tied with such riveting topics as sports and entertainment in general, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and various other foreign affairs stories. Marijuana legalization, the 50th anniversary of the death of JFK, and income inequality each rated less than one percent.

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It would seem that the liberal left’s agenda isn’t getting much traction.

Even “The national debate over gun laws/mass shootings” — to the extent it really is a debate — only gets six percent. Survey results are closely related to how questions are asked, and even lumping mass shootings with gun control laws, which reflects the way the left has structured the current round of gun control, doesn’t get the topic a very high rating.

When the questions are asked in a more personal way, the results differ somewhat. The first question asked  was, “Thinking about the news in 2013, what would you say was the most important news story of the year?” It was a long list. The second question pre-selected ten news stories from 2013 and asked, “Below are 10 news stories from 2013. For each one, please indicate how important that story was to you personally.”

Those responses still gave the healthcare rollout 58 percent “extremely/very important” but this time the government’s budget troubles rated first at 60 percent. Only 12 percent and 11 percent respectively thought these two issues were not very important.

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This does not bode well for incumbent office holders. Both of those issues are related and both are issues caused by the federal government.

It is hard to say at this point what voters will do. The survey was of adults, not voters or even likely voters. Although the voting question was asked, it was not factored into the reported results. The polling agency certainly has the data, but the AP did not see fit to release it.

Rasmussen this week gives a more detailed picture.

Fifty-four percent of voters view the health care law unfavorably, and a whopping 27 percent say it has already forced them to change their health insurance.

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Colorado is a good example. The Colorado exchange, put into law with the support of then Republican Majority Leader Amy Stephens, enrolled 3,408 by early December; officials had set a goal of 40,000 by this time and projected 136,000 by the end of 2014. Meanwhile, 250,000 have seen their policies cancelled. The exchange, which supporters said would be built without cost to the state, has thus far cost taxpayers $61 million to set up and $21 million more has been spent in advertising.

Sensing the backlash nationally, the president has extended the enrollment deadline twice and has tried to soften the impact by touting the supposed benefits of government-mandated health insurance. The government has spent your tax dollars to entice core Democrat constituencies of young women and gays with tasteless ads and videos.

One thing that neither the president nor the administration is willing to do is to retreat from this disastrous and liberty-killing law. If fully implemented, the law will give government total control over your health care, not just your health insurance. In determining your qualification for health care, the government will own not only your health records but also all your financial data.

Americans, once free, will be wards of the state. The polling so far suggests that the majority of Americans don’t like that prospect.

The big question is, what are we going to do about it? The answer to that will be the top story of 2014.

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