Whenever a leader comes a long and changes the status quo, it upsets the established players. Obamacare is a major realignment of healthcare, which accounts for 20% of GDP, so there are a lot of established players who are, frankly, afraid that they're going to end up on the losing side. Look at it from the perspective of insurance companies: they've had free reign for years -- decades -- to charge people whatever they want, in many cases leaving people with no other choice as there are huge markets that have no competition. And along comes Obama and the Democrats, who have written into the law that for the first time, insurers no longer have a get-out-of-jail-free card when it comes to pre-existing conditions, lifetime caps, and dumping people when they get sick.
Moreover, it's just dawning on most Americans, despite the Supreme Court ruling that called Obamacare what it really is -- a tax -- that it is basically just a new tax in the form of buying health insurance. The Pubbies should be thrilled with it, because it's not the government that is actually taxing, but insurance companies that receive these funds, with 20% off the top going into their pockets. We've outsourced taxation to the private sector, but left enforcement up the the IRS; a right wing wet dream, to be honest. After all, Obamacare is the Heritage Foundation's plan from the 1990's, and it hits all the right wing hot buttons of personal responsibility and marketplace competition.
What it boils down to is the Pubbies are furious because Obama beat them at their own game. They know that we'll end up with single payer, eventually, because there will be issues that arise and situations that occur where there is no other choice but for the government to step in and run it, a la Medicare.
And now, with the problems of a dysfunctional website, the right wing sees the opening that they've been waiting for, screeching for, and lacking any other controversy, have tried to gin up (IRS-gate; Benghazi, on and on). Really, let's look at what Fox Noise has spent every minute of every day for the last week on: the fact that, of the 15% of health insurance customers who buy their coverage on the individual market, some of them are going to have to pay more. What they purposefully gloss over (and outright lie about) is that most of these people have been buying a range of product from the blissfully-unaware and woefully inadequate catastrophic care to the outright useless coverage that covers next to nothing. For example, the woman that CBS covered in Florida who screamed that her policy was doubling in cost, but when explained that her previous policy was essentially throwing money out the window, actually said Obamacare is a "blessing in disguise" -- her words.
What they don't talk about is the fact that, for the first time, we have meaningful regulation as to what constitutes insurance coverage. Obamacare set a baseline of what's covered, from preventative care to birth control. But, apparently, most people don't understand this. Media Matters looked at all of the people who Hannity had on his special Obamacare Apocalypse episode, and found that every one of them either didn't understand the changes, or we're lying about their circumstance. He was simply stoking fear.
There's been thread after thread here on DL bemoaning the fact that for some people, their insurance has been cancelled and they're going to have to pay more. And dag nabbit, as a 30-something year old dude, I don't need maternity coverage! Or a 50-something year old Frau, I don't need birth control! Well, babies don't come from the stork, and for every pregnant woman, there's a man somewhere along the line who is responsible. And just because you, personally, don't need birth control, doesn't mean that the vast majority of women, it isn't an issue.
Yes, the website roll out should have been better. But it's not the end of the world, and Obamacare will work... unless we let the teatards and Pubbies ruin it before it even gets going.