March 11, 2014

“Poll: Obamacare Approval ‘Rebounds’ to…39 Percent”

Guess the number of those adversely impacted by it has been…delayed:

The improvement is “slight,” they concede, but who’s excited for an Obamacare rebound? Not the American people, it turns out, despite CNN’s hopeful spin:

According to the poll, 39% of Americans say they support the health care law, up from 35% in December, a record low in CNN polling. The uptick of four percentage points is within the survey’s sampling error. Fifty-seven percent of those questioned say they oppose the measure, down five points from December.

Obamacare is still underwater by nearly 20 points — with support falling short of 40 percent, and opposition approaching six in ten Americans. The improvement heralded in CNN’s headline are within the survey’s margin of error. The poll also shows that Obamacare’s only gains come among “upscale” consumers. The network’s write-up is quick to note that some in the opposition group say they don’t believe the law goes far enough. The suggestion is that some liberal consensus on healthcare exists, despite Obamacare’s unpopularity. Ed Morrissey isn’t impressed: “Yes, there have been critics from the Left who wanted a single-payer system instead of Obamacare, but they have been there all along. The point is that the law has little public support, while opposition to it is the broad consensus.” How broad is that consensus? The most recent Gallup poll legs the law’s public support at (40/55) and Fox News’ latest has it at (36/57). Those numbers….look familiar. Indeed, Obamacare’s net disapproval has ranged from roughly (-12) to (-25) for years. Opposition to this law is strong and stable. The NYT/CBS News poll takes a different tack, asking whether Americans believe the law should be fully repealed, needs to be revised, or is working as-is. Only six percent chose the latter option. A sizable contingent favors repeal (42 percent), and 50 percent wants changes. Liberals greeted that data point as proof that Obamacare isn’t really that unpopular after all. But as I wrote at the time, this argument fails upon slightly closer scrutiny. One of the overwhelmingly supported changes to the law is axing or postponing the individual mandate tax, which is the centerpiece of the entire law.
Meh. Give the dull cattle time. They’ll learn to wear their yoke with ease.  Provided we keep figuring out ways to come up with subsidies for cell phones and cable bills.  It’s called “voting in your own best economic interest.”  Or, alternately, “sure, as long as you’re doing the stealing and you make the laws, give me some of that!”

Posted by Jeff G. @ 1:52pm

Comments (3)

  1. Most of those polled like those that deemed it passed have no idea about what the law entails or how the delays/”fixes” impact anyone but, yeah, its all good and getting better.
    Has anyone even paid a bill or a fine or a tax or a collective responsibility on this thing yet?

  2. Insurers are going crazy right now. I suspect a lot of plans are going to be canceled, no matter what the president says, because, by law, a lot of existing plans do not meet the requirements of Obamacare and, as such, have to be canceled. Not only that, but insurance plans have to be approved by State Insurance commissioners. How are commissioners going to be able to re-approve plans that are already slated to be discontinued? From what I understand, it takes a long time to get insurance plans approved and State governments just don’t have the resources to handle this kind of garbage.

    In the end, Obama will blame insurance companies for canceling plans even after Obama used his telephone and pencil to make the boo boo all better.

  3. Well, Blake, isn’t the elimination of the insurance companies the next Leftist goal?