By Dave Andrusko
Sixteen months ago, writing in an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Obama pollster Joel Benenson confidently predicted, ”When it comes to health care and insurance, once reform [ObamaCare] passes, the tangible benefits Americans will realize will trump the fear-mongering rhetoric opponents are stoking today.” He could not have been more wrong, either about the level of opposition or the derisive manner in which he dismissed thoughtful critics of ObamaCare.
Rasmussen Reports has tracked support—or lack thereof—from likely voters for ObamaCare since the beginning in March 2010. Today it reports that the desire for repeal remains as strong as ever.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey showed that 54% favor repeal of the health care law (including 43% who “Strongly favor” its repeal to only 39% who oppose repeal of the law (including 26% who are “Strongly Opposed”).
51% say the law will be bad for the country to only 34% believes ObamaCare will be good for the country.
Almost exactly half (49%) believe that health care will worsen under ObamaCare to less than one in five (19%) who believe the law will improve the quality of care.
Most –57%–believe health care costs will go up under the law. Just 15% think those costs will go down under ObamaCare
52% think ObamaCare will increase the federal deficit, almost exactly three times as many who think the law will reduce the deficit (17%).
These specific examples of voter opposition sit alongside the public’s staunch opposition to public funds going to pay for abortion. Although it is not well known ObamaCare opened new pipelines for federal funding abortion.
In January the House of Representatives voted 245-189 to repeal ObamaCare. And on May 4 the House voted 251 to 175 to approve the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R.3).
H.R. 3 would codify the principles of the Hyde Amendment on a permanent government-wide basis, applicable both to longstanding federal health programs and to the new programs created by ObamaCare.
Right now the Capitol is understandably fixated on the issue of raising the debt ceiling. But it is only a matter of time before the drive to repeal and replace ObamaCare picks up a new head of steam.
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