Mario H. Lopez, president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, a "non-partisan advocacy organization," which promotes "common-sense public policy solutions" referred to Obamacare as "a disastrous health-care policy," as reported today by Alison Vekshin of Bloomberg.
“There’s no question that Obamacare is a disastrous health-care policy for the entire country, including the Latino population...”
Although most Americans agree with the assessment, the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare," is trudging forward, despite it's demonstrable unpopularity.
Furthermore, people are understandably confused about the behemoth legislation, as reported today by Susan K. Livio of The Star-Ledger for NJ.com, who reported on a poll released today from the Monmouth University and the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.
The findings reveal that in New Jersey, people are more enthusiastic about Obamacare than in other states, but they know less about the law. One in four people surveyed, for example, are not aware of the law's individual mandate.
The survey found that 24 percent of New Jersey residents plan to "defy" the law, and this in a state with higher enthusiasm than the rest of the country.
Additionally, Livio writes,
"Only 56 percent of the 783 people who participated in the poll knew that the law requires everyone to be insured by March 31, 2014 or face a fine when they file their federal taxes the following year."
By 2016, that fine (tax, according to the Supreme court) will be 2.5 percent of an individual's entire annual salary or $695, whichever is greater.
Tracy Connor of NBC News, reported today on yet another poll. The Kaiser Family Foundation/NBC survey found,
"Not even half of Democrats -- 44 percent -- describe themselves as enthusiastic about Obamacare. But compare that to the Republicans: a mere 5 percent. Even among Independents, enthusiasm is scarce at 18 percent."
It seems that even three years after Obamacare was passed without one Republican vote, people still do not know what is in the law. Will the enthusiasm for the law increase or decrease once people understand it?