The nation is about evenly divided on whether or not it likes President Obama’s health reform law, with 46 percent saying it’s a good thing Congress passed it while 44 percent say it isn’t, according to a new Gallup poll.
That’s very bad news for the president. Worse, support is down from when the bill became law a year ago. Then, 49 percent said it was good it passed and 40 percent gave passage a thumbs down.
Sentiment falls predictably along Party lines, with Republicans despising the law and Democrats loving it.
Obama’s aides keep promising some kind of PR blitz to sell the law, but nothing much has materialized. Instead, bureaucrats are steadily writing regulations while the popularity of the thing steadily declines.
This is surprising in part because the bill was front loaded with a few goodies to stir some enthusiasm before cuts and problems developed.
Slackers up to the age of 26 can now linger on their parents health plans, while seniors were given a gift of $250 to help pay for their Medicare prescription drugs should they fall into the “donut hole” that ends coverage after a certain amount of purchases and then picks it up again if spending continues.
The Big Problem for Obama is that it is his signature piece of legislation. If he doesn’t run on it, Republicans will make him.
And the poll may actually understate the extent to which this law makes people mad.
While people barely approve of Congress having passed the bill, they are not buying Obama’s argument that it will improve the delivery of health care. Only 25 percent agree that the law will make their personal medical care better, while 39 percent say it will make it worse and 31 percent believe their care will stay about the same.