Think ObamaCare Is Unpopular Now? Wait Until Next Year
Health Reform: Months before ObamaCare takes full effect, its popularity has hit an all-time low. And that’s before the public experiences firsthand the many ill effects it will impose on the nation’s health care system.
Shortly before Democrats rammed ObamaCare through Congress, President Obama’s pollster, Joel Benenson, wrote in the Washington Post that “once reform passes, the tangible benefits Americans will realize will trump the fear-mongering rhetoric opponents are stoking today.”
A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds 49% now say ObamaCare is “a bad idea” — the highest negative rating ever in that survey. And the share who feel “strongly” about this climbed from 38% in May 2010 — just after the law passed — to 43% today.
At the other end of the spectrum, just 37% believe ObamaCare is a good idea.
That’s in keeping with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s monthly tracking poll, which shows that support for ObamaCare is now just 35%, down from 46% just after Obama signed it into law. Even support among Democrats has softened considerably, falling from 78% when the law passed to just 57% today.
The Kaiser poll also found that more than half think the law’s critics should keep trying to block or change it.
The left continues to claim, as Paul Krugman did not too long ago, that the law “will become more popular once ObamaCare goes into effect.”
But its numbers are virtually certain to fall once millions of Americans learn firsthand that all those promises Democrats made — about how it would lower costs and let everyone keep their health plans and doctors — were bogus.
Last month, for instance, AP reported that millions who now have individual coverage could see their policies canceled because they don’t comply with the law’s mandates. Many will end up forced to buy far more expensive coverage in one of those ObamaCare exchanges.
Countless small businesses that currently offer health benefits will also find their insurance costs skyrocketing, thanks to ObamaCare’s myriad taxes, benefit mandates and intrusive market regulations.
Millions more will likely find themselves dumped by their employers into the government-run exchanges. The Congressional Budget Office expects that 7 million will lose their employer coverage thanks to ObamaCare, and says this figure could reach as high as 20 million.
Anyone want to guess how popular these real-world ObamaCare effects will be?
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