Grace-Marie Turner

The wheels are coming off ObamaCare even sooner than most had predicted. The American people are not being fooled by the sugar-coated sales campaign, jobs are being lost, health costs are rising, and the first program to be launched is a dud.

A new CNN poll shows that fifty-six percent of the American people oppose the health overhaul law, with only 40 percent supporting it – virtually unchanged from March when the Obamacare legislation passed. Rasmussen's latest poll of likely voters shows 60 percent want Obamacare repealed. It's in light of facts like these that mean that liberal advocates for the Obamacare law now have no choice but to admit that their messaging campaign has failed. In a conference call yesterday hosted by Families USA to share extensive polling data, Obamacare advocates were told to stop saying that the law will reduce costs and lower the deficit. It’s not true and people don’t believe it. Instead, they advised liberals to focus on anecdotes about average Americans who have been helped by the legislation's changes.

Do liberals really believe that people aren't going to pay attention to double-digit premium increases that are coming, $575 billion coming out of Medicare to pay for massive new entitlement programs, the $500 billion in new taxes that are driving up health costs, the barrage of new regulations putting employers and the health sector in a straightjacket, and the despised individual mandate that will force Americans to purchase expensive, government-dictated health insurance?

Today’s news has direct evidence of jobs being lost as a result of ObamaCare. Assurant Health, a health insurer based in Milwaukee that specializes in individual and small group policies, announced that it is laying off 130 workers as of October 1. Assurant is a terrific company that was the first to sell a Health Savings Account policy and has continued to be responsive with innovative products to serve customer needs.

Grace-Marie Turner

Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a non-profit research organization in Alexandria, VA, that focuses on health reform.