Poll: Majority Oppose Obamacare Repeal Despite Rollout Troubles

A new poll finds public opinion on the health law holding steady.
Poll: Majority Oppose Obamacare Repeal Despite Rollout Troubles

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Why are the majority of Americans still against the GOP call to repeal Obamacare? Despite the MSM's best efforts at obfuscating, by now the benefits should be clear. The Affordable Care Act will help millions of Americans who've been locked out of the insurance market. We can’t go back on a law that stops insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, that prevents the bankruptcy of cancer survivors by ending lifetime caps on coverage, and that no longer forces women to pay double for the same care men get.

No one is saying our work on the healthcare front is done. Far from it. Medicare for All or a Public Option is a must if we want real fundamental change, but if Republicans and for-profit insurance companies succeed at destroying the gains we've made, it will be a huge step backwards that could kill chances to move reform forward for decades.

Most importantly, what does the GOP have to replace the AFA with? Absolutely nothing.

National Journal:

"Despite sharp divisions over the long-term impact of President Obama's health-reform law, fewer than two in five Americans say it should be repealed, virtually unchanged since last summer, the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll has found.

Amid all the tumult over the law's troubled implementation, the survey found that public opinion about it largely follows familiar political tracks and has changed remarkably little since the summer on the critical question of what Congress should do next. On that measure, support for repeal has not significantly increased among any major group except Republicans and working-class whites since the Congressional Connection Poll last tested opinion on the question in July.

While the survey found a slim majority believes the law will do more to hurt than help the nation's health care system over time, it also found the statute retains majority support among key elements of the modern Democratic coalition, including minorities, college-educated white women, and young people. That means Congressional Democrats inclined to distance themselves from the law in the hope of placating skeptical independent or Republican-leaning voters face the risk of alienating some of their core supporters.

Conversely, the overwhelming opposition to the law within the GOP coalition—with nearly nine in 10 self-identified Republicans calling the law "fundamentally flawed" and nearly three-fourths of them supporting its repeal—ensures that Republican legislators will continue to face grassroots pressure to roll it back, by any means available."

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