Old people who hate Obamacare generally don’t know what they’re talking about
As an elderly person myself — I’m 72 — I can understand that lots of people my age and especially those who are older can become confused by the increasing complexity of life in the 21st century.
But even I am surprised at the extent of opposition to Obamacare among geezers, virtually none of whom are directly affected by the law, at least in any negative way.
Public opinion polls, for example, show that repeal of Obamacare is mostly strongly supported by old folks, as if they find the law a burden. It’s actually the opposite of a burden.
Brian Beutler EXPLAINS:
Only a third of the country supports full repeal, and, like the Republican coalition itself, it is a very old third—comprised of the only people in the country with almost no stake in the law’s core costs and benefits.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation…the law is under water—barely. Forty one percent of respondents hold favorable views of the ACA, while 43 percent hold unfavorable views. But if you break it out by age cohort, you find that that two percent margin is entirely attributable to people who have aged out of the program.
It’s not that the elderly would experience no change at all if Obamacare were to be repealed. Their prescription drug costs would increase, their Medicare advantage premiums and benefits might change. But even if seniors have legitimate gripes with the ACA’s Medicare reforms, it doesn’t stand to reason that we should care—at all—about their views of the law’s coverage expansion in general.