One Democratic strategist said it would be “political malfeasance” to run such an ad now…

It’s a far cry from where Democrats hoped they would be when they passed the landmark legislation in March. Many senior Democrats said last winter that the law’s popularity would increase as Americans were able to better understand the complex law and take advantage of its benefits.

But the public’s views on the legislation may have been more settled than anyone thought.

Public support for the overhaul ticked up a few points shortly after the legislation passed, but all of those gains have since disappeared.