A poll released yesterday by the Associated Press and GfK demonstrated a point I've been making with eye-glazing regularity: The problems with healthcare.gov will be solved; when they are solved they will reveal a far more damaging problem for the Obama Administration and its Democratic supporters: Obamacare itself stinks.
It was ill conceived, ill designed, ill written, and is being ill implemented.
The problems with healthcare.gov have been a technical failure. The problems with Obamacare are a policy failure.
The lead of the AP story about its own poll is this:
"Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama's health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles."
The AP's analysis of the poll also shows that
"Nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year - mostly for the worse. Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act."
The reality of employer-sponsored health insurance is companies have been trying to trim costs for many years. They have shifted more of the premium costs to employees and have, in many cases, been looking for cheaper plans - which might have included limiting preventive programs and pharmaceutical costs, reducing in-plan doctors and hospitals, and other savings.
Now, however, companies have an ally in that effort - and employees have a clear target to blame: Obamacare.
When the budget deal was struck last week, the first person to contact me and tell me it was great for the GOP was Mullpal Rick Tyler who pointed out that another drawn-out budget battle would take the focus off the continuing collapse of Obamacare.
However you think about the technical issues involved in the budget deal, as a political matter it is a grand slam for the GOP.
As we move into the new year, more stories will be written about more people who thought they had finally completed the excruciating process of signing up with an exchange on healthcare.gov only to find that the coverage they thought they had purchased had never been sent to the insurance company from which they thought they had purchased it, and have found they and their family are without insurance.
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