It’s no secret that Obamacare is unpopular with Republicans, religious and non-religious conservatives, and a lot of the business community. The CEO of none other than Starbuck’s, however, thinks it’s a good thing overall. According to an article on The Huffington Post, Howard Schultz said:
“I think it’s a net positive. Millions of Americans have health insurance today. Companies that did not pay for health insurance are now doing it.”
The ACA requires companies with at least 50 employees to provide health insurance if their full-time equivalent is at least 50 employees. Schultz has always thought the law was beneficial, but was upset with the bumpy rollout last year. Now he’s saying that, “No plan would have been perfect,” and that he thinks it’ll continue to improve over time.
Back in 2013, before the individual mandate went into effect, companies like McDonald’s, Whole Foods (whose CEO called it fascism), Papa John’s, and even Boeing, were upset about it. Many of those who were franchises (like Papa John’s and McDonald’s) complained that the law would unfairly and unnecessarily hurt their franchisees.
Congressional Republicans keep voting to repeal Obamacare, instead of actually working on things that will help Americans. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) actually believes that Republicans will eventually “win the debate” on Obamacare. He knows that people want good jobs and strong economic growth to come back, and he believes Obamacare is a major speed bump to all of that. But with 8 million enrolled, and with people all over benefiting from the law, Cruz’s words are hollow, and even a little delusional.
A Bloomberg poll asked people whether they thought the law should be repealed, left alone, or given small modifications. A total of 66% of respondents believed in keeping the law either as it is or making small modifications to fix some problems. Only 32% of respondents want it repealed. It’s important to note that was a nationwide poll, and in red states where Democrats are either facing tough challenges or retiring, the data could look a lot different.
Nationwide, 39% support it, and 11% oppose it because it didn’t do enough. 42% of respondents thought that the law went too far. Basically, the people support leaving it in place and either fixing its problems, or just seeing what happens. A majority of this country does not support repeal at this time, whatever the Republicans keep saying.
Howard Schultz, the chief executive officer of Starbuck’s, voicing support for Obamacare bodes ill for Republicans and for other big businesses who keep trying to fight it. Of course, Republicans’ continued calls for repeal might seem more substantial than hot air if they’d actually put forth a real alternative for us to consider. But they won’t, because if they would, they’d have done it by now.
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