Did Election Kill Public Anger Over Obamacare?
They say elections have consequences.
CQ reports (sub. req’d) that support for the repeal of Obamacare has dropped since the election campaign:
“The Kaiser Family Foundation poll also found that the share of those surveyed who want to see the health care law repealed dropped to a low of 33 percent. Public opinion on the law remained evenly split, with 43 percent of those polled holding a favorable view and 39 percent an unfavorable view.”
One poll a trend does not make, though it is worth noting that 15% of voters who wanted Obamacare repealed all or in part voted to reelect the President last week. Unfortunately, their votes enabled Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and others to continue the law’s implementation.
Of course, the election did not fundamentally change the law. Obamacare is still a threat to the American people and the flaws that made it unpopular since its inception still exist. This downturn in negative perception should be an alarm bell. Those who oppose the law cannot abandon their calls for repeal. We must continue to make the case against bad bills in a public way.
The Heritage Foundation has done an excellent job at explaining the countless flaws of Obamacare. From tax hikes to decreased quality of care to its attack on religious liberty, Obamacare will do far more harm than good. It is also already hurting small businesses and, consequently, jobseekers.
Now is not the time for complacency and passivity. Americans should remain active in making each other aware of the negative impacts of Obamacare and in calling on Congress to fully repeal Obamacare.
As Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” You may not agree that Obamacare is evil, but it is certainly a bad law and bad policy. If we do nothing, it will remain law, and it will continue to hurt all Americans.