Only The “Far Left” Still Supports ObamaCare
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Those are the results revealed by a Washington Post/ABC News poll and reported in an article by Jeffrey H. Anderson posted yesterday at theweeklystandard.com. According to the article:

“…. the only group of Americans who remain strongly supportive of Obamacare are self-described “liberal Democrats.” Even “moderate or conservative” Democrats have started to jump ship en masse — as they’re now more likely to oppose Obamacare than to support it. Given that most Democrats (57 percent, according to the poll) claim to be either “moderate” or “conservative,” this poses a major problem for the Obama administration’s centerpiece legislation.

Perhaps even worse for the administration, the poll indicates that more and more non-liberal Democrats are abandoning President Obama’s namesake over time. Shortly after Obama and his Democratic congressional allies rammed Obamacare into law, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of self-described “moderate or conservative” Democrats said they supported the legislation. Last year, just 57 percent said they did. Now, just 46 percent say they do — a nearly 30-point drop-off from 2010 and a double-digit drop-off from just last year.

The shift among [non-liberal Democrats]…is driving an overall drop in party support for the legislation: Just 58 percent of Democrats now support the law, down from 68 percent last year and the lowest since the law was enacted in 2010.”

Perhaps that’s why 35 House Democrats abandoned Obama last week and voted to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate by law rather than simply by executive fiat, and why 22 Democrats abandoned Obama and voted to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate. (The Post seems unfamiliar with these votes, as its poll asks, “The federal government [not, ‘The president, acting unilaterally’] has delayed for 1 year the requirement that companies with 50 or more employees have to provide health insurance to their employees or pay a fine. Do you approve or disapprove of the delay in this requirement?”)

The poll also indicates that among all respondents, ObamaCare is even less popular than it was was on the cusp of its passage. Today, it faces a 7-point deficit in approval rating — 42 percent support it, while 49 percent oppose it — compared to a 3-point deficit in February 2010 — 46 percent supporting, 49 percent opposed. (The Democrats passed Obamacare in March 2010.) To be sure, Obamacare’s current approval-deficit would look even worse if not for the Washington Post and ABC News’s reluctance to include Republicans in their survey. Only 21 percent of the poll’s respondents were Republicans, compared to 32 percent in last year’s exit polling (in what was hardly a good election for the GOP).

But even with this peculiar split in party affiliation, the poll still highlights the intensity of opposition to the Democrats’ attempted overhaul of American medicine. Obamacare’s approval-rating deficit among those who feel “strongly” (either way) is twice as great (minus-14 points — with 25 percent “strongly” supporting it and 39 percent “strongly” opposing it) as its approval-rating deficit among all respondents (minus-7 points — 42 percent supporting, 49 percent opposing).”

For the entire weeklystandard.com article, see: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/wapoabc-news-only-far-left-still-supports-obamacare_740846.html

See also: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/07/23/moderate-democrats-are-quitting-on-obamacare/

This change in support by Democrats is probably due to the realization that the administration's contention ObamaCare will decrease health insurance rates is simply smoke-screen propaganda. Oh, sure - there may be isolated examples (such as New York state) where rates will actually decrease, but this is likely due to locations where rates are very high to begin with. Generally speaking - when you follow Nancy Pelosi’s advice and actually read the legislation - the stark facts are exposed. For example, it was reported by Forbes.com that in Nancy Pelosi’s heavily Democrat-laden home state of California, ObamaCare will increase individual health insurance rates by a whopping 64-146%.

See: http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/05/30/rate-shock-in-california-obamacare-to-increase-individual-insurance-premiums-by-64-146/

ObamaCare: A looming train wreck that is picking up steam.


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SportsFan31313 commented on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Sebe,

I'm not left. I am in the center but I support the President and his agenda.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

That's not inconsistent with the poll, which reports that although there are still SOME moderate/conservative Democrats who support ObamaCare, the numbers have dropped WAY OFF since the legislation was passed. The thrust of the poll demonstrates that even among all categories of Democrats, support for ObamaCare is far less now than it was in 2010, and it has been steadlily dropping. (The characterization "far left" was made by The Weekly Standard article writer. I incorporated it into my blog title.)

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 19:39 PM

Sebe, Obamacare is more popular than Congress. The right is doing everything they can to stop people from supporting Obamacare but it will back fire..People are tired of the Grand Opposition Party.

HMJC commented on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

I thought people were tired of getting the shaft from pretty much any legislation he has championed. As for supporting his intent, I guess that is not a bad thing but please keep in mind that good intnentions are just that. Good intentions that are not actionable.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Saying that ObamaCare is more popular than Congress is not saying much. The facts are that ObamaCare's "popularity" has been dropping and continues to do so. Only the "far left" (self-described "liberal" Democrats) - according to the cited poll - still strongly support ObamaCare. The support from EVERYBODY ELSE is eroding fast.

People are beginning to realize that while ObamaCare MAY help less than 15% of the population (maybe) - it SCREWS the other 85+% one way or another. It was bad legislation when proposed; it was bad legislation when RAHM-ed through Congress; and it is still bad legislation.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

....and speaking of the "far left" - here's a self-described member who - IMHO - made this world a better place by leaving it. I usually urge everybody else to allow the dead to R.I.P., but I think this one should served a little time in Purgatgory.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/helen-t...

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

....serve a little time, that is...

sebekm commented on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 14:52 PM

...and now even the union for the Infernal Revenue Service doesn't want to have anything to do with ObamaCare:

http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/26/irs...

sebekm commented on Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 15:02 PM

...and even "call centers staffed to help implement ObamaCare" will be staffed mostly part-time with schedules designed to avoid having to provide health care for the employees. According to the article at the link provided below:

"One recent hire (for the call center), who last week learned the job would be part-time, said the new "intermittent" employees feel like they've been used as a political tool, and many now regret applying for the positions.

"What's really ironic is working for a call center and trying to help people get health care, but we can't afford it ourselves," said the worker, who asked for anonymity out of fear of losing the job. The county says it had been telling the public and supervisors all along that some positions would be full-time and some part-time. However, portions of staff reports list all 204 jobs as full-time, and a job posting said the same."

See: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/...

So now they're evening lying to prospective employees to entice them to work for the ObamaCare propaganda machine.


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