The White House is attacking a survey that shows nearly a third of all employers may drop their company’s health care coverage after Obamacare takes effect in 2014. The McKinsey & Company study of employer attitudes shows 30 percent of all companies will “definitely” or “probably” drop their coverage in response to the implementation of the president’s signature government health care program.
That’s consistent with the opinions of many small business owners who believe the impact of the law will drive up their costs and force employees into the state-sponsored insurance exchanges that will be created by the legislation. But it’s not what the White House and Democrats want to hear, so they are doing their best to discredit the survey that disagrees with other studies which have produced different results.
The administration’s defenders say the McKinsey survey did not give respondents enough information about the law and used slanted questions. But that point about this survey, which the company admits was not produced as an economic model but a snapshot of current opinion, is it doesn’t attempt to frame the question in a way that favors the law.
This mini-controversy seems more a measure of the way the White House has sought to silence dissent than a genuine disagreement about the future of health care. It is not exactly a secret the introduction of a massive government program such as Obamacare is bound to negatively impact small business medical plans. The only real question is how bad the carnage will be. We won’t know the answer until the law is put into effect, and then it will be too late to ward off any problems.
But instead of listening to those pointing out the potential crisis awaiting us, and what will happen to the millions of Americans who will lose their existing coverage and be forced into government exchanges, the administration’s only answer is to tell dissenters to shut up.
While some Republicans act as if arguing about Obamacare is last year’s discussion topic rather than a key to the 2012 presidential race, this story makes it clear health care is far from over as a hot election issue.