...why are we wrecking the health care industry?
It's not for the uninsured.
Just 18% of the uninsured have bothered to go on an ObamaCare exchange website, according to a recent Gallup survey. And only 22% say they will buy an exchange plan next year.
That same week, a Reuters poll found that 56% of the uninsured oppose ObamaCare. Just 44% view it favorably. In other words, the uninsured are, if anything, more opposed to the law than are the public at large.
Given the mounting fury over millions of policy cancellations and the federal exchange website debacle, these findings garnered little public attention.
But they should.
They are evidence that, in addition to Obama's "keep your plan" promise, he appears to have misled the public about the scale of the uninsured problem and ObamaCare's ability to help. In fact, there's increasing reason to believe that ObamaCare could actually swell the ranks of the uninsured next year.
'Underlying Moral Basis'
When President Obama was selling the Affordable Care Act back in 2009, he repeatedly claimed that the "underlying moral basis" for reform was to help the uninsured.
"We are not a nation that accepts nearly 46 million uninsured," he said in a June 2009 speech before the American Medical Association. Later that year at a town hall, he promised that "if you're one of the nearly 46 million people who don't have health insurance, you will finally have quality, affordable options."
Just this Thursday, Obama said that "I'm not going to walk away from 40 million people who have the chance to get health insurance for the first time."
But early indications are that the uninsured are unenthusiastic about the law meant to help them. Even those states running their own exchange websites — which generally have suffered fewer glitches than the federal Healthcare.gov site — have seen few people signing up.
In Maryland, which has 785,000 uninsured and was one of the first states to enthusiastically embrace ObamaCare, just 4,700 had enrolled as of Nov. 10, according to Avalere Health. Connecticut's exchange has enrolled only 4,100, although it has more than 340,000 uninsured. Washington, D.C., home to 63,000 uninsured, has signed up just 300 people since Oct. 1.