|November 2016. Democrats prepare to rebuild.|
One anecdote isn't data but this report from a California company describes bewilderment and anger that won't be patched by a fireside chat from President Obama. Health-care-on-the-rocks is not a cocktail, it's a cock-up.
"None can opt out without penalty, and the rates are double or triple, depending upon the plan. ... Our 750k for 250 employees is going to $2 million per year for 600 employees. Our employees share of the premium goes from $7/week for the cheapest plan to $30/week … The cheapest plan now has a deductible of $6350! Before it was $150. …Here is the craziest part. Employees who qualify for mediCAL (the California version of Medicare), which is most of my employees, will automatically be enrolled in the Federal SNAP program. They cannot opt out. They cannot decline. They will be automatically enrolled in the Federal food stamp program based upon their level of Obamacare qualification. Remember, these people work full time, living in a small town in California. They are not seeking assistance. It all seems like a joke". Reported from comments at Zero Hedge.Added: The Republicans would be a better choice, but if they have to fight hard to win those seats, better policies will prevail.