CNN poll shows ObamaCare just as popular as ever one year later

posted at 12:55 pm on March 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Think the White House will be lighting a candle on a cake to celebrate the one-year anniversary of ObamaCare today?  If so, the only real way to celebrate would be to use a 3,000-page recipe for a cake that got drafted in the dark and baked in, say, eight minutes or so of daylight.  If not, it’s completely understandable, as no one else feels like going to the trouble either, according to the latest CNN poll:

One year after President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill into law, a new national poll indicates that attitudes toward the plan have not budged.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday, on the one year anniversary of the signing of the law, 37 percent of Americans support the measure, with 59 percent opposed. That’s basically unchanged from last March, when 39 percent supported the law and 59 percent opposed the measure.

“It’s worth remembering that opposition to the bill came from both the left and the right last year, and that has not changed either,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “In 2010, about a quarter of the health care bill’s opponents disliked the bill because it was not liberal enough – the same as today. That works out to 13 percent of all Americans who oppose the bill because it did not go far enough. Forty-three percent oppose it because it was too liberal.”

Bear in mind that this is a poll of adults, not of registered or likely voters.  CNN hasn’t released the sample data yet, but it’s a fair guess that they’re not oversampling Republicans in this poll, either.

Also, CNN compares the latest result to the first in its polling series on this question, just before its passage.  Those numbers look close, from 39/59 in March 2010 to 37/59 now.  However, the Obama administration has spent the past year trying to sell the rilly kewl benefits that start immediately as a means of boosting the law’s popularity.  They managed to close the gap a little by December in the CNN series to 43/54.  The drop since back to Square One strongly suggests that the White House has lost this political battle, and that ObamaCare will continue to be a liability.

Expect its opponents to take shots at the law today, but none may be so affecting and effective as Senator Ron Johnson’s personal take on American health care.  Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, Johnson tells readers why this is no mere academic exercise for him:

Some years ago, a little girl was born with a serious heart defect: Her aorta and pulmonary artery were reversed. Without immediate intervention, she would not have survived.

The infant was rushed to another hospital where a surgeon performed a procedure at 1 a.m. that saved her life. Eight months later, when her heart was the size of a small plum, an incredibly dedicated and skilled team of medical professionals surgically reconstructed it. Twenty-seven years later, the young woman is now a nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit where she is studying to become a nurse practitioner.

She wasn’t saved by a bureaucrat, and no government mandate forced her parents to purchase the coverage that saved her. Instead, her care was provided under a run-of-the-mill plan available to every employee of an Oshkosh, Wis., plastics plant.

If you haven’t guessed, this story touches my heart because the girl is my daughter, Carey. And my wife and I are incredibly thankful that we had the freedom to seek out the most advanced surgical technique. The procedure that saved her, and has given her a chance at a full life, was available because America has a free-market system that has advanced medicine at a phenomenal pace.

I don’t even want to think what might have happened if she had been born at a time and place where government defined the limits for most insurance policies and set precedents on what would be covered. Would the life-saving procedures that saved her have been deemed cost-effective by policy makers deciding where to spend increasingly scarce tax dollars?

All third-party payer systems impose some system of rationing.  Even the price system without the third party is a system of rationing in a conceptual sense, the rationing of goods and services depending on relative scarcity, quality, and demand.  But with non-governmental rationing, consumers have means to work around one particular set of rationing, for example by choosing another insurer.  When the government takes over those decisions, no other choice will be available to consumers, at least not within that market — which is why Canadians come to the US for treatment when speed and availability is of the essence.

The government may have chosen to save Johnson’s daughter, but they shouldn’t have the power to choose that in the first place.


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OBAMA STASH VOTERS of 2008…….approve.

Grandchildren just born weep.

PappyD61 on March 23, 2011 at 1:02 PM

It’s time to repeal this crap sandwich!

Winebabe on March 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM

If it really was that popular, they wouldn’t have socked away $25 million to keep selling it to the public.

Blake on March 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Anyone who grew up in Britain (or the rest of Europe) will be familiar with a story that would appear in their local news from time to time – that of a dying person who has been denied a new American drug or technique which could save them, because the NHS bean counters have deemed it cost ineffective. So, the story continues, their friends and family have launched a fund raising appeal to pay for the trip to America to get the treatment.

I have no idea how many times I saw this story in Britain – and that’s just in my own local paper. Since I’ve been in the US I have never read an equivalent story.

Sharke on March 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Dave Weigel tried to hilariously argue at that bastion of objective analysis known as Slate this morning that most of the opposition is because the bill “wasn’t liberal enough” and that there is something there that the Dems can run on in 2012.

Join me in pointing and laughing.

Good Lt on March 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

It’s time to repeal this crap sandwich!

Winebabe on March 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM

amen

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

get your waivers right here!
-hhs secretary

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 1:06 PM

I have no idea how many times I saw this story in Britain – and that’s just in my own local paper. Since I’ve been in the US I have never read an equivalent story.

Sharke on March 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Just you wait until ObamaCare starts “winning the future” of our system.

Just. You. Wait.

Good Lt on March 23, 2011 at 1:06 PM

My all time favorite clips to go into the time capsule to show America during the OBAMA years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ojd13kZlCA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfGLB8LO1aM&feature=related

If future generations want to know how OBAMACARE got passed….look no further than these gems.

PappyD61 on March 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Romneycare hardest hit…

ladyingray on March 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Hundreds of thousands of deceased voters have not been polled. They overwhelmingly favor the legislation and plan to vote for Obama again in 2012.

mankai on March 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM

The government may have chosen to save Johnson’s daughter, but they shouldn’t have the power to choose that in the first place.

The government chose no such thing. They were not involved. The doctors, hospital, and his private health coverage saved his daughter. The government simply chose to stay out of the way, as they should.

iurockhead on March 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM

CNN poll shows ObamaCare just as popular as ever one year later

Alternative headline:

One Year After, the same ignorant people stayed ignorant about ObamaCare

Sir Napsalot on March 23, 2011 at 1:11 PM

You’ll love it once you find out what’s in it!

JammieWearingFool on March 23, 2011 at 1:11 PM


… from 39/59 in March 2010 to 37/59 now.

PLUS TWO POINTS BABY! YEAH!

+2! Read it and weep, you Wingnuts! HAHAHA!

Tony737 on March 23, 2011 at 1:12 PM

If CNN says it, you know it’s true and completely unbiased.

Buttercup on March 23, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Alternative headline:

One Year After, the same ignorant people stayed ignorant about ObamaCare – Sir Napsalot

Or, how ’bout “Some People Never Learn”

Tony737 on March 23, 2011 at 1:14 PM

@EricFehrn I still admire what he did in MA on health care, though. In many ways, a model for the nation!

David Axelrod tweet on Romneycare today.

http://twitter.com/davidaxelrod

Kiss of death.

mankai on March 23, 2011 at 1:14 PM

It’s time to repeal this crap sandwich!

Winebabe on March 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM

amen

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Yes, meanwhile we’ve got hospital administrators having to spend money to possibly implement a plan that may or may not be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Not to mention how Unconstitutional Obamacare will serve to push the country over a cliff – but to the Oppressive-left, that’s a prime feature of the whole monstrosity.

Chip on March 23, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Alternate Headline:

37% of high school graduates still can’t read!!

landlines on March 23, 2011 at 1:14 PM

37% of Americans still believe that this means “free” health care.

mankai on March 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Ah, who can forget the heady days for the Left when they had it all:

We won! Kiss your freedoms goodbye cons! Bwhahahahaha!
crr6 on December 19, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Now, look where they are.

Chip on March 23, 2011 at 1:17 PM

My all time favorite clips to go into the time capsule to show America during the OBAMA years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ojd13kZlCA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfGLB8LO1aM&feature=related

If future generations want to know how OBAMACARE got passed….look no further than these gems.

PappyD61 on March 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Those are all classics.

Kataklysmic on March 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Chip on March 23, 2011 at 1:17 PM

memories

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Via DRUDGE: Romney Pledges To Use Executive Order To Repeal Obamacare…

Smart move on Romney’s part, I think. He may be making 2012 a referendum on Obamacare.

petefrt on March 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Dave Weigel tried to hilariously argue at that bastion of objective analysis known as Slate this morning that most of the opposition is because the bill “wasn’t liberal enough” and that there is something there that the Dems can run on in 2012.

Join me in pointing and laughing.

Good Lt on March 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Slate is obviously objective because they don’t employ Newt Gingrich.

/crrlogic

Good Solid B-Plus on March 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Mitt Romney: “Elect Me! …and I’ll give your state an Obamacare waiver, giving your state more time to set their OWN mandate that you’ll have to abide by.”
Romney 2012!!!

/s

ornery_independent on March 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM

37% of Americans still believe that this means “free” health care. – Mankai

37% still waiting for Obama to pay their morgage and give them “Obama Cash”.

Tony737 on March 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM

OT: Woot… Rush is covering the Lerner/SEIU story now. That should put some sun shine on it.

petefrt on March 23, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Tony737 on March 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM

+1

spot on buddy

cmsinaz on March 23, 2011 at 1:22 PM

petefrt on March 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Unfortunately for Mitt…Baggage.

kingsjester on March 23, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Via DRUDGE: Romney Pledges To Use Executive Order To Repeal Obamacare…

Smart move on Romney’s part, I think. He may be making 2012 a referendum on Obamacare.

petefrt on March 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Sorry petefrt, but you and Drudge appear to be WRONG. There is NO mention of repeal in Romney’s statement. Only waivers issued to states, while each state figures it out for themselves. That sounds like a plan for 49 more Romneycares for us all.

No deal.

ornery_independent on March 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Ed, you COULD have said:

“CNN poll shows ObamaCare just as UNpopular as ever one year later”

Paul-Cincy on March 23, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Any poll from cnn is highly suspect.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 23, 2011 at 1:25 PM

When CNN reports a bombing, causing death like this (Police described the explosion as a “terrorist attack” — Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike. ) well….then their poll must be accurate!!!

I’d bet money, the opposition numbers are higher, and not because the d@mn thing isn’t liberal enough.

capejasmine on March 23, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Don’t forget the usual CNN margin of error: +/- 35%

mankai on March 23, 2011 at 1:29 PM

The government may have chosen to save Johnson’s daughter, but they shouldn’t have the power to choose that in the first place.

Preach it Ed.

tgharris on March 23, 2011 at 1:29 PM

kingsjester on March 23, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Yeah, gotta try some how to turn that lemon into lemonade.

petefrt on March 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM

But with non-governmental rationing, consumers have means to work around one particular set of rationing, for example by choosing another insurer. When the government takes over those decisions, no other choice will be available to consumers, at least not within that market

[...]

Well, I could take exception to this rule from 2 very big mergers that seem to be on the horizon, from inside and outside the insurance game.

One is the ATT/T-Mob deal. Do we really think that that’s going to work out well for us consumers? If that’s not another corner on the market waiting to happen, I don’t know what is.
Perhaps this one is.
It appears that United Health Care is trying to be the next ATT. They’re rumored at merging with Aetna (already having snatched up several others) and are poised to be at the forefront of any OBamaCare mandates. How much are they in favor of it’s continued funding?
Should it be repealed they’re still 1 giant to have to deal with.

What are your choices going to be then?
No regulation is not a good thing in either situation.

OkieDoc on March 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

ornery_independent on March 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Yup, I didn’t pay enough attention to the headline. It’s waivers to states, not repeal.

petefrt on March 23, 2011 at 1:36 PM

You think Americans don’t like Obama care now, wait until the rest of the disaster kicks in, and people spend more money for less health care. And wait until children like Senator Johnson’s daughter die because of government bureaucrats.

kam582 on March 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Ah, who can forget the heady days for the Left when they had it all:

We won! Kiss your freedoms goodbye cons! Bwhahahahaha!
crr6 on December 19, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Now, look where they are.

Chip on March 23, 2011 at 1:17 PM

And then yesterday:

Yet you guys will continue to attempt to shove repeal down our throats.

crr6 on March 22, 2011 at 5:46 PM

crr6 is as two-faced and dishonest as they come.

Scrappy on March 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

But, but Gallup said people were “glad” it passed…

Odie1941 on March 23, 2011 at 1:39 PM

As far as Democrats are concerned, it would appear that the Affordable Care Act should have been called the Hari-Cari Act.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on March 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

If CNN says it, you know it’s true and completely unbiased.

Buttercup on March 23, 2011 at 1:12 PM

“I thought they really smacked down Fox News the other night!”

/crr6

Del Dolemonte on March 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

“I thought they really smacked down Fox News the other night!”

/crr6

Del Dolemonte on March 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

I’ll take your word for it.

Buttercup on March 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Ah, who can forget the heady days for the Left when they had it all:

We won! Kiss your freedoms goodbye cons! Bwhahahahaha!
crr6 on December 19, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Now, look where they are.

Chip on March 23, 2011 at 1:17 PM

And then yesterday:

Yet you guys will continue to attempt to shove repeal down our throats.

crr6 on March 22, 2011 at 5:46 PM

crr6 is as two-faced and dishonest as they come.

Scrappy on March 23, 2011 at 1:37 PM

So crr6’s “logic” is that trying to get rid of an Unconstitutional and budget busting program that was Rahmed down our throats is itself wrong?

Chip on March 23, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Where are you crr6? You only show up to troll in threads with polls you agree with? Come on, don’t be shy? Don’t be ashamed of being wrong….again.

jawkneemusic on March 23, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Dave Weigel tried to hilariously argue at that bastion of objective analysis known as Slate this morning that most of the opposition is because the bill “wasn’t liberal enough” …

Good Lt on March 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Forking bastinos.

UltimateBob on March 23, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Where are you crr6? You only show up to troll in threads with polls you agree with? Come on, don’t be shy? Don’t be ashamed of being wrong….again.

jawkneemusic on March 23, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I called her out on her absence in this thread so she’s arguing it there instead.

Scrappy on March 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Lucky for the ObamaCare supporters there is more focus on the death of Elizabeth Taylor today than what they did to the American people.

txmomof6 on March 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I called her out on her absence in this thread so she’s arguing it there instead.

Scrappy on March 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM

LOL! What a light weight.

jawkneemusic on March 23, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Death Panel for Obamacare?

Naturally Curly on March 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

And remember that Obama and the Democrats front loaded all the good stuff to the early years, it gets far worse in the coming years.

RJL on March 23, 2011 at 3:20 PM

I, also, have a story.

My youngest grandchild was born three years ago. Everett came home from the hospital an apparantly healthy, alert, active child. A few days later he was lethargic and uninterested in anything when he awoke. My daughter April took him for a check up immediately. It appeared that he had an infection. He was then examined at the local hospital. He was then almost immediatly sent to a teaching hospital on a helicopter.

About this time his heart stopped. At the second hospital he was admitted to the NICU where it was later determinied that he had an infection with a neurovirus, probably aquired at birth. In the NICU he was connected to his environment with thirteen tubes and wires. Since his heart was flat lined, he was put on a waiting list for a heart transplant. April was told that they would disconnet him if he didn’t get a heart within two weeks. April spent over a week of long days holding his hand and watching a monitor that didin’t show anything. Then she thought she saw one blip. She called the staff and the line was flat. I suspect the staff had encountered wishful thinking phantom blips before. Then Everett’s heart started pumping.

In the NICU he received experiental treatment and experimental medications. In most places in the world including the ones with socialist medicine Everett would have died before he saw the first nurse practitioner who recognised that he was an emergency patient. Under Obamacare, it is likely, that there will be a dirth of new medications, especially for unusual problems

He spent several months in the NICU during which he became a pet of the staff and remarkably social. When he went home he still had a few wires, an oxygen mask and was fed by an umblical through the abdominal wall. Although he was eating normally until he got sick, he no longer had any interest in doing so. It seems there is a time for learning some things. He had forgotten how and he had no interest in learning. It took over a year to relearn to eat. He had the quick disconnedt hardware for his feeding tube for a a year and a half.

Last week I received a picture of Everett in his soccer outfit. Who knew that kids would be playing soccer before they were four?

burt on March 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM

burt on March 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM

May Everett live a full and richly blessed life.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

GrannyDee on March 23, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Pool numbers against O-care are all nice and dandy, but we need to continue blowing the phones and reminding Congress what they are supposed to do. The more time we waste without stopping this monstrosity the more parts (and bureaucracy) that gets in place, the more difficult to get rid of it all.

Nobody should rest on their laurels now- we won the House last November but more than ever the push against O-care must continue.

ptcamn on March 24, 2011 at 1:38 AM