How Obama, Romney are spinning court's health-care ruling
Republicans and Democrats are putting their political spin on the US Supreme Court's historic and startling decision on the Affordable Care Act. As they head toward the presidential election, both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have major challenges in interpreting the law.
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USA Today has done a good job of fact-checking the points of contention (and spin) on the court’s ruling.Skip to next paragraph
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Obama’s assertion that “nearly 13 million of you will receive a rebate from your insurance company because it spent too much on things like administrative costs and CEO bonuses and not enough on your health care?” That’s overreach, USA Today’s scrutinizing finds, since “most of these rebates will go to employers, not individuals.”
Romney’s claim that “Obamacare is a job-killer?”
“Claims about the health care law killing jobs are overblown…. It's true that the amount of labor in the economy would be reduced by ‘a small amount,’ about half a percent, according to the [nonpartisan] Congressional Budget Office. That currently equals about 675,000 jobs. But the jobs would not be lost or killed. Most of those workers would have the ‘financial resources’ – because of the subsidies provided by the law – to retire or reduce their hours, the CBO says.”
What’s not subject to dispute (although they surely can be spun) are the latest poll figures on how Americans feel about what the high court’s just done in upholding government-mandated health care insurance.
“Consistently, a majority of voters said that they oppose the individual mandate (53 percent); believe taxes will increase (52 percent); believe their personal health-care costs will increase (56 percent); and disapprove of Obama’s handling of health care in general (58 percent),” reports Newsweek’s Daily Beast. “Only 24 percent of those polled said that they believe the ruling will make the country better off.”
A USA Today/Gallup Poll finds a similar split with a slim majority wanting part or all of the law repealed.
That’s a problem for Obama, who has a major selling job to do.
For Romney, the problem is being forced to talk about health care (and his own “Romneycare” legacy) when he’d rather focus on the economy. And of other polling showing majority support for key elements of the ACA
• Sixty-one percent of respondents favored allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26.
• Seventy-two percent of respondents wish to maintain the requirement that companies with more than 50 workers provide health insurance for their employees.
• Eighty-two percent of respondents favored banning insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
At the moment, Romney and congressional Republicans have no detailed plan for preserving those popular features once they’ve “repealed Obamacare on day one.”