Rich Galen

And/or we will have more and more stories that have been reflected in this poll: Far higher premiums than consumers previously paid which, when combined with far higher deductibles, mean they are paying high prices, essentially, to be self-insured - because barring a catastrophe they might not cover their deductible all year.

We will be reading stories about men and women with serious, long-term health issues who have been dropped from their spouses' employer-sponsored plans and are facing tens, or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills that had been covered prior to Obamacare.

This has splashed up directly on President Obama. In the poll respondents were asked if they approved or disapproved of the way the President is handling health care. 39 percent approve (10 percentage points were just "leaning" toward approval) and 61 percent disapproved (only 7 percent leaned toward disapproving).

Of those who said they had been contacted about changes in their employer-sponsored health insurance plan:

-- 69% said their premium would be increasing;

-- 59% said their deductible would be increasing;

-- 21% said their plan would be expanding to cover more medical issues;

-- 18% said their plan would be covering fewer medical issues;

-- 14% said coverage for their spouse was being restricted or eliminated:;

-- 11 % said their plan was being discontinued.

Health insurance is terribly complicated for the average consumer. Talk to anyone who has had to pick a Medicare Advantage; Medicare Supplemental; and/or Medicare Part D drug coverage plan.

Too many Americans will not be able to keep their plan; will not be able to keep their doctor; and will not be able to keep their hospital.

If I were advising the GOP committees (which I am not) I would tell them to keep track of every Democratic Member of the House and Senate who voted for Obamacare in 2010 and every statement they have made in support of the program in the years since.

The political TV ads will write themselves.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.