Monday, November 17, 2014

GRIM MILESTONE: Public Loathing of Obamacare Hits New High

Paraphrasing Jammie, "What do these stupid Americans know, anyway?"

As New Enrollment Period Starts, ACA Approval at 37%

As the Affordable Care Act's second open enrollment period begins, 37% of Americans say they approve of the law, one percentage point below the previous low in January. Fifty-six percent disapprove, the high in disapproval by one point.

...Approval has been in the low 40% or high 30% range after a noticeable dip that occurred in early November 2013. This was shortly after millions of Americans received notices that their current policies were being canceled, which was at odds with President Barack Obama's pledge that those who liked their plans could keep them. The president later said, by way of clarification, that Americans could keep their plans if those plans didn't change after the ACA was passed.

The current 37% reading comes on the heels of last week's midterm elections, in which Republicans won full control of both houses of Congress. Already, party leaders are discussing efforts to repeal the unpopular law.

Repeal is highly unlikely, given Obama's veto power, but the law's new low in approval -- and new high in disapproval (56%) -- could potentially have an impact on its future.

This is so odd: who could have predicted that a 2,200-page bill, that not a single Democrat read and which attempted to centrally manage one-sixth of the U.S. economy, would have turned out to be a complete and utter clusterbungle?

Hat tip: BadBlue News.


Anonymous said...

That is still 3 points greater than the approval rating of the Republican Party.

directorblue said...

As evidenced by the 2014 midterms.