Morning Action: Obamacare is Still Unpopular
POLL. According to a new Rasmussen poll, 77 percent of voters still think employers and individuals should be allowed to buy insurance across state lines, something that is now prohibited by Obamacare:
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters also still think employers and individuals should be allowed to buy insurance plans across state lines, something that is now prohibited by law. That’s up from 71% in the previous survey and is the highest level of support measured for this type of choice in Rasmussen Reports tracking. Eleven percent (11%) believe they should only be allowed to buy plans approved for their state. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.
Eighty-three percent (83%) of voters continue to believe that individuals should be able to choose between different types of insurance plans, including those with higher deductibles and lower premiums or lower deductibles and higher premiums. Just seven percent (7%) disagree. Another 10% are not sure.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) think individuals should be able to choose between different types of medical plans, including those that cost more and cover just about all procedures or those that cost less and only cover major procedures. Thirteen percent (13%) disagree, while slightly more (18%) are undecided.
Findings for both questions are in line with previous surveys.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of Democrats view Obamacare favorably, while 82% of Republicans and 58% of voters not affiliated with either party view the law unfavorably.
DEMOCRATS. Some Democrats are in denial about Obamacare and think they can defend themselves against its disastrous roll out:
For nearly three years, the Democratic approach to the political unpopularity of President Obama’s health care law was denial. Deny it played a significant role in the party’s historic midterm losses in 2010. Insist, in the face of contradictory evidence, that as more voters experienced the benefits of the law, the more popular it would become. Deny it would be a major issue at all in the 2014 midterms.
The latest version of the argument points to polling showing that voters don’t want to repeal the law but prefer to see it fixed—perfectly in line with the newly adopted positions of vulnerable Democratic officeholders. In a memo leaked to the press, Democrats argue they can neutralize their health care vulnerabilities by promoting their desire to fix the law and blaming Republicans for intransigence in seeking a full repeal. But dig a bit deeper past the talking points, and it’s unclear what they want to fix—beyond their broken poll numbers.
CHANGES. The House GOP has created an infographic to help keep track of all the delays and changes that have been made to Obaamcare. The Heritage Foundation notes Obama has unilaterally changed or delayed Obamacare 24 times:
President Obama has unilaterally changed or delayed Obamacare 24 times without going back to Congress, according to Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Members of Congress sparred Sunday over Obama’s decision last week to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate.
“We have a government of one,” said Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). “We have a super executive and super legislator vested in the president of the United States. … The president knows this is wrong and it’s not defensible. He is violating the Constitution. He is exercising power that doesn’t belong to him. It belongs to the American people.”