Friday, July 13, 2012

They Hate It Until They Know It

From the Miami Herald:

A majority of Florida voters oppose the national healthcare law and half want it repealed, a new Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 poll shows two weeks after President Barack Obama’s signature achievement was largely upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Only 43 percent of voters statewide support the Affordable Care Act and 52 percent oppose it, with 5 percent undecided. With the exception of southeast Florida, more voters think the law will make the healthcare system worse.

More voters also favor the state opting out of provisions of the law, something Gov. Rick Scott has already said it would do.

And 50 percent want to see Republicans follow through on their vow to repeal the law, with 43 percent saying it should remain.

In perhaps the most worrisome sign for Obama and Democrats, only 39 percent of voters 65 years or older support the law. Seniors make up about 30 percent of the overall state’s electorate.

It doesn’t say if the poll asked the respondents if they actually know what’s in the law, because when people are asked about the individual provisions, they love it.

A March CBS News/New York Times Poll found 85 percent favor the requirement that insurance companies cover people with pre-existing conditions, nearly seven in 10 support allowing children under 26 to say on their parents’ health plan, and 77 percent back the part of the law that offers discounts to reduce the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap, commonly known as the donut hole.

The other problem is that a lot of the provisions of the law haven’t taken effect yet — including expanded coverage for women — so all they’ve heard has been the banshee-screeching of the right wingers and the preternatural mewlings of Gov. Scott vowing not to implement the exchange provision for Florida.

The Democrats and the Obama administration have done a really lousy job selling the ACA and they let the nutsery win with their death panels and socialism. My humble suggestion is that the Obama campaign put out a series of ads touting the law and how it will give America longer and stronger erections, a cure for male pattern baldness, relief from restless leg syndrome, and an end to rough and calloused feet. Based on what I’m seeing on late-night TV, those are the medical issues that Americans really care about. And those promises would be just as loopy as the crap put out by the Republicans.