ACA’s approval numbers plunge

posted at 6:11 pm on November 14, 2013 by Bruce McQuain

Gallup, fresh off noting that President Obama’s trustworthiness and decisiveness have been found wanting, says the Affordable Care Act, which has never been popular, is now even more unpopular:

Americans’ views of the 2010 healthcare law have worsened in recent weeks, with 40% approving and 55% disapproving of it. For most of the past year, Americans have been divided on the law, usually tilting slightly toward disapproval. The now 15-percentage-point gap between disapproval and approval is the largest Gallup has measured in the past year.

That 15% gap shows a decided shift in popular opinion to the negative about the law.  And say what Democrats might about running on this next election, they know as well as anyone that a 15 percent shift on any one issue is significant.  Especially an issue to which they are the sole reason for its existence and therefore the sole party to blame.

The top three reasons given for disapproval were, “Government interference/Forcing people to do things” at 37%, “Increases costs/Makes healthcare less affordable” at 21% and 11% disapproved because they’d lost their insurance.

Of the three reasons, all of which are significant, perhaps the last one is the most significant.  These are people who are likely to have nothing good to say about the law or the architects of the law.  And because it effects them personally, may take political action (i.e. vote) to satisfy their anger.  It may not be the most positive motivation in the world, but it can certainly be devastatingly effective.

The fact that the President is attempting to unilaterally thwart the provisions of his own law to save his and his party’s collective hides, notwithstanding, this is probably going to get worse before it gets better.  Expect the insurance industry to consider lawsuits to kill the requirements. And there will likely be other legal challenges.  Of course that will then let the White House do its favorite thing to do and attack and demonize them.  But the only reason this predicament exists is a result of the Democratic party’s agenda.

Gallup concludes:

Gallup has long found that Americans have been generally divided in their views of the healthcare law, both before and after its passage. Now, they are tilting more significantly toward disapproval.

That more negative evaluation may not have as much to do with the content of the law as the implementation of it, in particular how that squares with the president’s earlier characterization of how the law would work.

Some Democratic members of Congress, as well as former President Bill Clinton, are urging the president to support legislation that would rewrite portions of the law to allow Americans to keep their insurance plan if they are being dropped from it, as a way to honor his pledge. At this point, it is not clear whether the president will seriously consider that, or attempt to adjust how the law is administered without rewriting pieces of it.

Additionally, many members of Congress from both parties are asking the administration to extend the deadline by a year for Americans to get health insurance before facing a fine, given the ongoing technical issues with the exchange websites, which are still being fixed. The White House recently extended the deadline by six weeks.

How the administration handles these challenges to the implementation of the law, plus any new ones that emerge in the coming months, could be critical in determining the trajectory of the “disapprove” line in Gallup’s trend chart for the healthcare law.

Obviously this was written before the President’s announcement today.  Politically it appears to be panic-city at the White House and among the Democrats.   When you have Howard Dean – Howard Dean for heaven sake – questioning the legality of the president’s announcement today, you know there’s trouble in Democrat-land.  How long it will last is anyone’s guess at this point, but I think it is safe to say, we’re nowhere near the end of this debacle.

~McQ


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Freefalling…

OmahaConservative on November 14, 2013 at 6:13 PM

In ObamaLand, you can not keep your plan.
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For healthcare overreach, the Congress must impeach.
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Pile it high and deep, folks…

ExpressoBold on November 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Want to see Obama’s RCP approval nummbers plunge?

Just exclude any poll from before November 1stthen he is -13 points

PolAgnostic on November 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Democratcare needs to be tied to all of them and not just President O’failure.

Flange on November 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM

O’bama, on the ACA website: “Hey, I didn’t build that!”

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Democrat signature legislation, Obamacare…

Murphy9 on November 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM

When approval hits 0% maybe the Republican leadership will feel brave enough to do something.

kcewa on November 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM

B-, bu-, but, Americans are hungry for Obamacare, according to Tom Harkin.

Resist We Much on November 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Part about people having a “right” to health care is something that is scary to me and we need to start teaching the constitution and the bill of rights in school again. I do not see anywhere in those 2 things about healthcare being a right.

watertown on November 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM

James Taranto: Look out below!

noprism on November 14, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Obamacare: I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.

HiJack on November 14, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Hmmm…that’s gotta sting, huh verba?

Don’t worry though, Americans only hate the website, once it’s “fixed” they will fall in love with the new and improved plans waiting for them.

Bishop on November 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Shame it happened so quickly, eh (D)s?

rogerb on November 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

That 40% just LOVES Obamacare! Right up to the point they get to the mailbox with the happy news from their insurance company.

First they have to read their cancellation letter to find out what’s in it…

And then the polls start to really decline.

ajacksonian on November 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

No way !!! What’s not to like about Taqiyyacare?

viking01 on November 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I signed up for ObamaCare just two short weeks ago and it was so easy. I got through the whole application and approval process through that wonderful new web site and in less than 3 minutes on my very first try. And the results are fantastic! My acne has cleared up, all the grey has disappeared from my hair, I’ve lost 2.5 inches from my waist and I can now read the fine print at the very bottom right of the eye chart – “Made in China (help me, I’m 6 years old and am being held prisoner!)”. I feel at least 25 years younger already. Thank you, President Obama!!!

VorDaj on November 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM

VorDaj on November 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM

It’s a floor wax!

It’s a dessert topping!

And a whole lot more…

ajacksonian on November 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Didn’t Obama predict that we’d be calling it the ACA instead of Obamacare by now?

crrr6 on November 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Expect the insurance industry to consider lawsuits to kill the requirements.

I’d like to see some lawsuits requiring the regime to enforce their own craptastic law, otherwise known as Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

txhsmom on November 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

You know, if it weren’t for Cruz and you teabaggers shutting down the government, this might be a Big F***ing Deal!

/RINOtard

ShainS on November 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Breaking…years late

Schadenfreude on November 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

This feels an awful lot like the “Stimulus II: Shovel ready jobs”,”Chicago Olympics”, “Saving the Auto Industry” and “Arab Spring” failures.

I know there are more, it’s that my memory fades, at my age.

socalcon on November 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

VorDaj on November 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM

No free birth control?!?

txhsmom on November 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Ted Cruz tried to warn them…..

But now “it’s the law of the land”……how can it be changed???

PappyD61 on November 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

I still blame Benedict Judas Nelson…

OmahaConservative on November 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

That 40% just LOVES Obamacare! Right up to the point they get to the mailbox with the happy news from their insurance company.

First they have to read their cancellation letter to find out what’s in it…

And then the polls start to really decline.

ajacksonian on November 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM

The stupid-demographic is all for wealth distribution until they find out that they are to be a donor and not a beneficiary.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Shouldn’t Barky be busy hiding behind Sleazy Eric Holder’s skirts the way Slick used to with Janet Barbecue “No controlling legal authority” Reno?

viking01 on November 14, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Obysmalcare memes in a slideshow:
http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/363848

There are 57 slides. Ironic, eh?

onlineanalyst on November 14, 2013 at 6:29 PM

VorDaj on November 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM

No free birth control?!?

txhsmom on November 14, 2013 at 6:26 PM

If VorDaj is a man he will get maternity care and mammograms coverage however….

viking01 on November 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

From socalcon’s link:

Travelling to the 30 fundraisers, mostly held in private mansions and luxury hotels across 10 cities, has also required him to clock up more than 20,000 miles on Air Force One at an estimated cost to the US taxpayer of more than $6m.

Murphy9 on November 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Piffle and bushwa I say. The Lying Sack of America said we’re fine. You can take it from him.

BTW, have you noticed how toned and sculptured the arms of the FLATUS are?

Mason on November 14, 2013 at 6:34 PM

It’s just mind boggling that 40% still support this turd.

NavyMustang on November 14, 2013 at 6:38 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWtUrp8d1Kc

diogenes on November 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I’m surprised that ACA still has as much as 40% support, given all the bad press about cancelled policies and huge increases in premiums and deductibles. But all those people with pre-existing conditions or the less-than-27-year-old “kids” might still want their freebies, as well as those gullible enough that there might be a big subsidy at the end of the tunnel if somebody could get the website working. Then add in all the union members who get waivers and let other people foot the bill, and those who “fly with their own wings” with butterflies or Pegasus the Unicorn, and maybe you might get to 40%.

If a myth is repeated often enough, it dies a slow death when reality bites.

Steve Z on November 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Looks like it’s going to go even lower still: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/11/14/the-white-houses-obamacare-fix-is-about-to-create-a-big-mess/

anotherJoe on November 14, 2013 at 6:13 PM

this is so obviously a blame shifting exercise. One of the arrogant pos’s favorite lines is…if i see something better out there i’ll do it

after this blows up with the insurance companies saying we can’t do this…he’ll say..ah ha! I was right, i am brilliant, barry care is teh only way to solve the broken system

the county is in for a lot of turmoil. Out of this the treacherous leftist will have their single payer…there is a reason that the left loves chaos.

r keller on November 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWtUrp8d1Kc

diogenes on November 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Comments for the video are brutal and unrelenting.

Murphy9 on November 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Forget the law. King Barack IS the law.

GarandFan on November 14, 2013 at 6:40 PM

If it looks and smells like a crap sandwich, it is a crap sandwich and no amount of condiments can make it tasty.

crosshugger on November 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Revealed: Obamacare plans will cost MORE ‘in many cases’ even with government subsidies, officials admit for the first time

Resist We Much on November 14, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Oh, my God! Obamacare…the gift that just keeps on giving…and giving…and giving.

NavyMustang on November 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Americans’ views of the 2010 healthcare law have worsened in recent weeks, with 40% approving and 55% disapproving of it.

So how many of that 40% are signing up?

ddrintn on November 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

How long it will last is anyone’s guess at this point, but I think it is safe to say, we’re nowhere near the end of this debacle.

Popcorn stash……..hardest hit.

ah well.

ted c on November 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

mACAca…..

ted c on November 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

The top three reasons given for disapproval were, “Government interference/Forcing people to do things” at 37%, “Increases costs/Makes healthcare less affordable” at 21% and 11% disapproved because they’d lost their insurance.

But I bet at least half of those still love Obama and would gladly vote for him again should the opportunity arise.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Piers Morgan @piersmorgan

Considerably more Americans signed a petition to have me deported than enrolled for Obamacare. I’d start panicking, Mr President…

11/13/13, 7:16 PM

Resist We Much on November 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

The fact that this gigantic piece of garbage bill is still at 40% is disconcerting.

mankai on November 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

but I think it is safe to say, we’re nowhere near the end of this debacle.

We just started careening downhill… and this thing ain’t got no brakes.

lynncgb on November 14, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Stick a fork in this thing.

bluegill on November 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

The fact that this gigantic piece of garbage bill is still at 40% is disconcerting.

mankai on November 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Gallup isn’t going to let their hero’s numbers drop below a certain level; at least not openly.

viking01 on November 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Fail, baby, fail.

MisterElephant on November 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Moonbattery.

Resist We Much on November 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

It is what powers their Lunacy.

ajacksonian on November 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Obama Says Once Obamacare Works, ‘They Will Not Call It Obamacare

LOLOLOLOLOLOL….

So, now that it’s imploding are the Dems and media going to start calling it ACA more often, instead of Obamacare?

Fallon on November 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

I still blame Benedict Judas Nelson…

OmahaConservative on November 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I blame that stupid Stupak.
Speaking of which, check out this old post.
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/03/24/parker-getting-stupaked/
OC, nice comment, second one on page 2.
Also foretelling from Parker’s column is the reference to Anthony Weiner.

Brat on November 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

I’m starting to think the plan all along was that barky was not going to get re-elected and that he expected to Romney to have to deal with this turd in the punchbowl while he sat on the sidelines shooting spitballs over why implementation was going so poorly. Now he’s stuck dealing with it and it’s clear they’re making it up as they go.

Lost in Jersey on November 14, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Wait until the new year when WORKERS with insurance lose their insurance, too. Will make this seem like nothing. GOP: give the DEMs nothing. NOTHING.

plaidsheetman on November 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

When approval hits 0% maybe the Republican leadership will feel brave enough to do something.

kcewa on November 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Around 30% is as low as he can go. Our black-looking President could eat a live baby on national TV and that 30% would still support him.

Alabama Infidel on November 14, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Moonbattery.

Resist We Much on November 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

It is what powers their Lunacy.

ajacksonian on November 14, 2013 at 7:01 PM

I thought it meant “Killary throwing ashtrays”?

viking01 on November 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

…. and lamps, too. Forgot the lamps.

viking01 on November 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

viking01 on November 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

That is dingbattery.

Bill is always dodging it when it discharges.

ajacksonian on November 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

ACA’s approval numbers plunge

So, now that it’s imploding are the Dems and media going to start calling it ACA more often, instead of Obamacare?

Even Hot Air is calling it ACA in their headline. IT IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE OBAMACARE!

texgal on November 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

viking01 on November 14, 2013 at 7:12 PM

That is dingbattery.

Bill is always dodging it when it discharges.

ajacksonian on November 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Dangerously close to an intern joke. Missed it by that much.

viking01 on November 14, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Even Hot Air is calling it ACA in their headline. IT IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE OBAMACARE!

texgal on November 14, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Yeah because it’s Obama’s law and he cares!

Happy Nomad on November 14, 2013 at 7:45 PM

In about another month people start finding out about employer plan costs under Obamacare:

http://www.insurance-forums.net/forum/health-insurance-reform-forum/obamacare-rates-t58430.html

crosspatch on November 14, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Even Hot Air is calling it ACA in their headline. IT IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE OBAMACARE!

I prefer DemocratCare or DemCare

Obama will never appear on another ballot. Democrats will.

crosspatch on November 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM

When you’re at the bottom of the pit – -
Dig!

TimBuk3 on November 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

I should think even the stupid Demonrats realize what a clusterfark this is.

neyney on November 15, 2013 at 11:17 AM