Forty four percent of voters believe the health reform law should be repealed compared with 38 percent who do not, demonstrating a persisting thumbs down for Obamacare even after its initial measures – like guaranteeing insurance for those with pre-existing conditions and keeping young adults on their parents policies – have been rolled out.
Obama has pretty much given up trying to sell the law, rarely mentioning it much, though I suppose he’ll have to come back to it as it’s attacked by Republicans during the campaign.
The stats are included in a new poll conducted this month by Hearst Television and Franklin and Marshall College, which finds that Obama has unfortunately fixed something most people don’t believe is a problem. From the F & M report on the poll:
Americans are generally satisfied with how well the current healthcaresystem meets their needs. More than one in three (36%) says the system meets their needs very well, and another two in five (43%) say it meets their needs pretty well, leaving about one in five (20%) Americans who feel the system is not serving theirpersonal needs. These proportions have not changed since the health care reform law was passed.
Nearly nine in ten (85%) respondents report the health care they receive is about the same as it was before the health care reform law passed, and three in four (74%) say the reform law has had no effect on them personally. More people believe the health care reform law will make the health care system worse (42%) than better (32%) and fewer than one in three (30%) believes the law will bring down the long-run costs of health care.
Obama made a choice. He had enough political capital – or personal willpower – to achieve one or two Big Things. He chose a $789 billion stimulus and Obamacare. The public doesn’t like either. He DID NOT choose immigration reform, deficit reduction or tax reform. He will have to live in 2012 with his choices.