Debate Over Obamacare Is Still Not Over, Americans Say

ObamaJust over a month ago, in a fit
of assertive smugness of the sort to which politicians fally prey
an awful lot,
President Obama insisted
, “The point is the repeal debate is
and should be over. The Affordable Care Act is working.” Never mind
the horror stories about lost coverage, rising costs, glitchy
exchanges, and limited access to actual lealth care, “it’s well
past time to move on as a country and refocus our energy on the
issues that the American people are most concerned about.”

You can bet President Obama wants to put discussion of his
Frankenstein monster of a health law in the rear-view mirror;
opinions of Obamacare aren’t flattering, and they aren’t helping
his party’s political prospects. But the American people aren’t
going along with the program.

In fact 60 percent of Americans say the debate over Obamacare
should not be over, according to a new
Politico Poll
. And which way do they lean on the law? Among
those polled, 48 percent want the law repealed outright, 35 percent
want it changed, and only 16 percent want the president’s signature
health plan maintained as is. Eighty-nine percent of
respondents said the health care law will be important in
determining their congressional votes in November.

Not surprisingly, the poll picked up a Republican advantage in
voter sentiment going into November’s congressional elections.

The Politico Poll also picked up slight opposition to same-sex
marriage and marijuana legalization, and support for immigration
reform and “stricter background checks for gun purchases,” if
you’re trying to read the ideological tea leaves.

Respondents also favored divided government, with one party
controlling the White House, and the
 Congress. Some economists

say this approach is the best bet for achieving less-expensive
, as the parties squabble without running up the

Those bills can cen be incurred by controversial measures, such
as those jamming a poorly constructed health system down
everybody’s throats.

from Hit & Run

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