Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Getting To Like It

A Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that Americans are getting to like Obamacare.

Support among Democrats jumped from 65 percent in January to 76 percent in the new poll. Independents (44 percent support; 54 percent oppose; and Republicans (20 percent support; 78 percent) was more stable, according to the poll. Surprisingly, the poll found a significant shift in support for the law among conservatives, with 36 percent of them backing it now compared to 17 percent in November.

This is despite the glitches, the labored roll-out, and the natural hesitancy of the American public to like anything new.  Oh, and this is also in spite of the relentless attacks from the GOP and their mouthpiece Fox News.

Count on them to tell us that the polls are skewed, that the books have been cooked on the numbers, and that John Boehner will announce that the American people don’t want it.  Blather, rinse, repeat.

So why the shift?  Well, I’m no pollster but I would think it has something to do with the fact that people can now afford to get health insurance when they couldn’t before because of not being employed full-time, having a pre-existing condition, or just couldn’t afford it.  They like that, and that’s a lot of people.

4 barks and woofs on “Getting To Like It

  1. And wait till people use their new insurance, get care, feel better. The peace of mind in knowing you have health insurance is priceless. The approval rate will increase rapidly.

  2. There is one black hole here in Florida. The ACA says that if you
    are low enough on the salary scale you have to get the expanded
    Medicaid. But our governor in his infinite wisdom turned it down.
    You will be exempt from the tax penalty but no insurance.

    Thank you tricky Ricky

    • Well, actually, Gov. Scott said he was in favor of expanded Medicare… once he was sure the legislature wouldn’t go for it. That guarantees that he can campaign saying he wanted to do it. It’s easy to be generous when it doesn’t cost you anything.

      The other side of that is that it makes him look weak; that he couldn’t get members of his own party to go along with it. Not exactly leadership there, assuming that he really wanted to lead in that direction.

  3. I’m sure support among Republicans would be higher if they actually got accurate information about it instead of the barrage of lies from Fox News et al. over the last 4 years.

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