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Poll: Brutal numbers for Obamacare

posted at 12:02 pm on May 23, 2013 by

Last month, a Kaiser Foundation poll pegged Obamacare’s public support at a tepid 35 percent.  A new survey from Fox News confirms that finding.  Asked if they’d rather to keep the new law in place or erase it from the history books and revert back to the 2009 system, Americans say they’d strongly prefer turning back the clock:

22. Do you think it would be better to leave the new health care law in place, or would it be better to go back to the health care system that was in place in 2009?

Better to keep law: 34 percent
Better to go back to previous system: 56 percent

The president’s signature legislative accomplishment is underwater by double digits on this question among every measured demographic — including women, independents and young voters — with the exceptions of registered Democrats and non-whites.  The public’s rationale isn’t too complicated.  They believe the “Affordable Care Act” will make their families’ lives worse:

23. In general, how do you expect your health care situation will change as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare goes into effect — will you and your family be better off or worse off under the new health care law?

Better off: 26 percent
Worse off: 53 percent

Implementation begins in earnest next year, and even the law’s staunchest supporters aren’t expecting great things for the grand roll-out.  Mix in the radioactive IRS’ enforcement mandate, plus another Fox poll finding that fully 68 percent of the public views the federal government as “out of control,” and you’d at least think that Republicans have a killer narrative on their hands for 2014.

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visions on May 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

You think any LIVs are making the connection between Obamacare kicking them in the face and their votes in 2006/2008 for “moderate” Democrat Senate candidates and the historic candidacy of Barack Obama?

forest on May 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

My individual policy has been “grandfathered”, which is good because I do not understand all the changes. It’s a mess.

changer1701 on May 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Who cares? “I Won” and It’s. The. Law. /Obama

geojed on May 23, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Public: ObamaCare – Ugh! Yuck! Peeyew!!!
Obama: Here’s a nice new FREE shiny phone for you.
Public: Ooooooo!

Marcola on May 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

2016 repub presidential slogan,

“Repeal Obamacare, and the economy will soar!”

It allows the repubs to run against OBAMA! Poetic Justice!

Dr. Demento on May 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

New Poll question: “In light of the scandals recently revealed but that should have been known about prior to the 2012 election, should we stick with the President we have now or declare a do-over and hold a new election?”

HoosierStateofMind on May 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I have no confidence that the GOP would repeal this nightmare even if they had veto proof majorities in both houses. All we’ll get is a bunch of bluster and bulls**t in front of the microphones.

Dack Thrombosis on May 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Oh never underestimate the ability of the GOP to take a slam dunk and turn it into a missed shot. I’m hearing via Rush that Boehner is saying he doesn’t want to touch Benghazi. W T F???

Can we please have Ted Cruz as the majority leader in the house please?

neyney on May 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

New Poll question: “In light of the scandals recently revealed but that should have been known about prior to the 2012 election, should we stick with the President we have now or declare a do-over and hold a new election?”

HoosierStateofMind on May 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Would never work because he’s black and awesome. How about declaring him president emeritus and just send him out to the golf course for the next three years while real adults get the country out of the doldrums.

Dack Thrombosis on May 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Remember,

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs)

False hope – the murderer of civilization.

RiverCocytus on May 23, 2013 at 1:35 PM

But if anybody can kill this golden goose, it’s Republicans.

natasha333 on May 23, 2013 at 1:41 PM

The GOP can take a three foot putt, downhill on a windless day, and still manage to put the ball in the lake.

DarthBrooks on May 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Yet the drones re-elected this fraud.

jawkneemusic on May 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I have no confidence that the GOP would repeal this nightmare even if they had veto proof majorities in both houses. All we’ll get is a bunch of bluster and bulls**t in front of the microphones.

Dack Thrombosis on May 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Neither do I. We kept hearing about it needed to be “tweaked,” “modified,” or “replaced” during the 2012 election. The GOP politicians like the healthcare law, they just want to be the ones running it.

Doomberg on May 23, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Obamacare is the Wagon Queen Family Truckster of laws… You think you hate it now, wait ’til you drive it.

gregbert on May 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

…you’d at least think that Republicans have a killer narrative on their hands for 2014.

I never underestimate the timidity and cluelessness of the GOP establishment. Us crazy Tea Party types will have to show them how it’s done, again.

RadClown on May 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Can we please have Ted Cruz as the majority leader in the house please?

neyney on May 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

No. You may not. Cruz is a Senator.

trigon on May 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Mix in the radioactive IRS’ enforcement mandate, plus another Fox poll finding that fully 68 percent of the public views the federal government as “out of control,” and you’d at least think that Republicans have a killer narrative on their hands for 2014.

Conservatives have a killer narrative on their hands for 2014!

Republicans actually want to appear to oppose this thing (passing repeals that won’t go anywhere in the Senate or be signed by the president) while not doing anything substantive to stop it (like say Actually Defunding it)

jaydee_007 on May 23, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Can we please have Ted Cruz as the majority leader in the house please?

neyney on May 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

No. You may not. Cruz is a Senator.

trigon on May 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Dems won’t notice. They still give McCarthy (A Senator) credit for the actions of HUAC (HOUSE Un-American Activities Committee).

jaydee_007 on May 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

The GOP can take a three foot putt, downhill on a windless day, and still manage to put the ball in the lake.

DarthBrooks on May 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Well duh, because global warming has caused so much rain that the hole has turned into a lake, or something.

Nutstuyu on May 23, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Can we please have Ted Cruz as the majority leader in the house please?

neyney on May 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

No. You may not. Cruz is a Senator.

trigon on May 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

No rule against it.

Nutstuyu on May 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Mix in the radioactive IRS’ enforcement mandate, plus another Fox poll finding that fully 68 percent of the public views the federal government as “out of control,” and you’d at least think that Republicans have a killer narrative on their hands for 2014.

Which they will proceed to shoot themselves with, no doubt.

Axe on May 23, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Mix in the radioactive IRS’ enforcement mandate, plus another Fox poll finding that fully 68 percent of the public views the federal government as “out of control,” and you’d at least think that Republicans have a killer narrative on their hands for 2014.

It isn’t the message, nor the issues that the GOP has problems with. The problem remains the miniscule amount of Americans willing to fight for their rights, for their beliefs, or even for the people they sent to Washington to fight on their behalf.

I could write a book of excuses ‘republicans’ use for not getting involved, but the simple fact remains that if they put 1/4 of the effort they put into griping, manufacturing excuses, and remaining irresponsible the results from our elections would be vastly different.

Where are our problems? Take a look in the mirror to get the relevant answer.

DannoJyd on May 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM

In a twisted sort of way it’s going to be fun beating Democrats over the head with Obamacare for the next 20 or so years, if it lasts that long. I think the SHTF this fall when everyone’s premiums skyrocket or people lose coverage all together. I bet Obama installs his own personal hidey hole on the WH.

txhsmom on May 24, 2013 at 8:14 AM

…but Boner said it’s the law of the land..

celt on May 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Paraphrasing Mencken…

The people voted for it (twice) and they are going to get it good and hard. Unfortunately, those who didn’t vote for it get it good and hard, too.

That’s one of the flaws in a universal suffrage pluralist representative Republic.

However, for socialists who create and impose almost impossible to reverse big government programs when in power, it’s a feature and not a flaw.

farsighted on May 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

IOW: 65% more people think that it would be better to go back to 2009 and 104% more people think we will be worse off under the cACA.

Wyle E. 0bama
Super Genius

jukin3 on May 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

If the Republicans can’t use this to crucify the Dems in the midterms they have neither brains nor balls.

kemojr on May 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM