Back before Obamacare was passed, good conservative Republicans made MANY DIRE PREDICTIONS about all of the things that would go wrong with Obamacare if it was made into law.
Well, most of Obamacare has now been implemented, so let’s see how accurate these predictions were! Specifically, the Commonwealth Fund has released the results of a new survey to find out what people’s real, true, actual experiences with Obamacare have been.
PREDICTION 1: Obamacare won’t really cover any new people!
Republicans were making the sensible prediction that all Obamacare would do is make lazy people even lazier by making the taxpayers pay for their insurance, but it would not actually insure more people.
(About 9.5 million adults gained new coverage, and that figure does not include children.)
PREDICTION 2: The coverage provided by Obamacare will be worse!
Republicans predicted that people will be worse off with Obamacare plans than they were before, because Obamacare is socialist and socialism is always bad.
(Fifty-eight percent of those who signed up for Obamacare — either for Medicaid or private insurance — said that they were better off than they were before than had their new insurance plan.)
PREDICTION 3: People will hate the Obamacare plans!
Republicans were frantically going around finding people who didn’t like their new Obamacare plans in order to prove that everyone hated it.
(78% of the people surveyed reported being satisfied with their new Obamacare insurance.)
PREDICTION 4: People signing up won’t even use the coverage!
Obamacare will be forcing people to buy coverage that they won’t even use!
(Three out of five enrollees have used their new insurance — most were people who couldn’t afford care before.)
PREDICTION 5: Obamacare will cause long lines and wait times, nobody will be able to get appointments!
Just like in Canada, right!?!?
(More than a third were able to get appointments within a week, more than half were able to get appointments within two weeks.)
SO WHAT IS THE VERDICT?
The Republican predictions about the failure of Obamacare are…. well, just look at the graphs!
I think “Close Enough!” pretty much captures it, don’t you?