More support than ever for repeal of ObamaCare
By Dave Andrusko
You have to assume President Obama is sincere when he says he doesn’t mind the Affordable Health Care Act being referred to as “ObamaCare,” described as “the president’s signature domestic achievement and the source of a multi-year, major national policy debate about the role of government, health care, and insurance regulation.”
(Alas, such shorthand misses that ObamaCare is not only riddled with abortion language and incentives but also gives federal bureaucrats the power to impose rationing standards on all health care providers that would require them to deny some lifesaving treatments even if the patient is willing and able to pay for it.)
To his eternal credit, Mitt Romney has been crystal-clear: he opposes ObamaCare and would work to have it repealed. Once more, an unmistakable contrast between Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama. But how does the public feel?
Hats off to The Weekly Standard’s Jeffrey H. Anderson for a wonderful analysis of ObamaCare and public opinion that ran yesterday.(”Obamacare Is Even More Unpopular Now than in 2010” can be read atwww.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamacare-even-more-unpopular-now-2010_658093.html.)
Anderson uses as a springboard the latest polling report from Rasmussen Report which has followed the public’s response from the beginning in 2010. A little over a week before the election, likely voters want ObamaCare repealed by a 54% to 39% margin.
Remember how Democrats in general, President Obama in particular assured us that as soon as the public got to know ObamaCare, opinion would change? In fact, as Anderson notes, opposition has not diminished at all, in fact has grown.
“In the first three polls taken in the wake of the House’s passage of Obamacare (on March 21, 2010), Rasmussen showed that likely voters then favored repeal by margins of 13 points (55 to 42 percent), 12 points (54 to 42 percent), and 12 points (54 to 42 percent). Cementing Obamacare would be the principal focus of Obama’s second term.”
Anderson goes through the data, beginning with gender (men support repeal of ObamaCare by 24 points, women by 7 points, all the way through age, level of education, income, and political affiliation (Independents support repeal by nine points). Only Obama’s “core constituencies” do not favor repeal, according to Anderson.
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