More Bad News for Obamacare
The news gets worse and worse for President Obama’s marquee legislation. Polls consistently show a majority of likely voters favor the full repeal of Obamacare. Now, Gallup is out with this nugget:
Americans are less optimistic that the law will improve their family’s healthcare situation in the long run, however. Thirty-eight percent expect the law to make their situation worse, compared with 24% who say better. Thirty-four percent do not expect it to make much difference.
The bad news does not stop there, though:
Americans overwhelmingly believe the “individual mandate,” as it is often called, is unconstitutional, by a margin of 72% to 20%.
Even a majority of Democrats, and a majority of those who think the healthcare law is a good thing, believe that provision is unconstitutional.
Can something be both unconstitutional and a good thing? Well, that depends upon your value system, but if you believe in the rule of law, as conservatives do, then the answer is unequivocally no.
The question everyone wants to know though is how does this all play out in November. According to a USA Today/Gallup Poll, the answer is encouraging:
[In] the nation’s dozen top battleground states, a clear majority of registered voters call the bill’s passage “a bad thing” and support its repeal if a Republican wins the White House in November. Two years after he signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act— and as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments about its constitutionality next month — the president has failed to convince most Americans that it was the right thing to do.
Despite the President’s best efforts to downplay his record, he cannot escape the fact his policies are severely unpopular. Those who seek to replace him must point that out, and show the American people there is a better way.