A report on Obamacare released Tuesday found those with the most to lose blame the authors of the law and not the legal case against it.
The Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, is part of a series of lawsuits which argue that Obamacare was written so that only individuals in states with their own exchanges can get tax credits. While supporters of the law say critics are unfairly attacking it by misinterpreting what it really means those that may lose their ability to pay for their healthcare without the tax credit still blame the authors of the law according to a report by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).
“There is a clear, unified voice coming from the people, telling Congress that they want Obamacare fundamentally changed at the federal level rather than seeing the states pressured into patching the law back together,” Tarren Bragdon, president of FGA, said in a statement.
Plaintiffs in the case argued that the law was set up to entice states into opening their own exchanges by not allowing residents in states without exchanges to get tax credits. When many states still decided not to set up their own exchanges, the federal government reacted by offering tax credits through the federal exchange in an apparent violation of the actual language of the law.
“Those that have experienced ObamaCare using HealthCare.gov first hand are calling for major changes, not only for themselves but for all Americans,” Bragdon continued. “It is telling that those receiving ObamaCare subsidies want more flexibility, greater choice, and to get out of the exchange. Congress needs to listen very closely.”
Participants in the survey, totaling 715 federal exchange enrollees from all 34 states without their own exchanges, were asked their opinions on several key aspects of the law. Along with blaming the authors of the law for its problems, participants also noted several other problems they want lawmakers to address. The report found that over 80 percent of exchange enrollees want to get rid of the open enrollment window and nearly 70 percent want subsidies available outside of the Obamacare exchanges.
“Enrollees and voters don’t want state-funded exchanges, regardless of how the Supreme Court rules. They want Congress to make fixes to ObamaCare that help everyone,” Bragdon concluded. “Health care decisions are deeply personal for families. They want reforms out of Congress that will create more freedom and flexibility, not just more rules out of Washington.”
The report also found a majority want to have the option to pick plans that are no longer available because the law dictates what plans must include.
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