Even Republicans still like most of what’s in health care reform law

(Cross-posted from The Maddow Blog)

By Steve Benen

I saw a familiar headline over the weekend: “Most Americans oppose health law but like provisions.” It’s been the only consistent trend when it comes to polling on the Affordable Care Act: the public has been conditioned to reject “Obamacare,” but Americans don’t really know what’s in it. When asked about the provisions of the law, however, they’re quite popular.

That was the case in 2009, 2010, and 2011. And the new Reuters-Ipsos poll suggests nothing has changed.

In this case, Greg Sargent obtained the poll internals and found, “What’s particularly interesting about this poll is that solid majorities of Republicans favor most of the law’s main provisions, too.”

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5 Comments

  1. david esmay

    June 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

    The problem of health care is not going away and it’s only going to get worse as baby boomers age. The ACA is unpopular with some Dems because we believe it’s too conservative, Repubs don’t like it because they think quality health care is a privilege of the wealthy, not because most people don’t want a solution from the government. If republicans manage to defeat the ACA, which is basically the same plan proposed by the Heritage Foundation in the 90′s, voter’s will be turning to them for solutions, if by the odd chance they get back in power. Repubs function best as a minority, complaining about Democratic solutions, while providing none of their own. When they’re in the hot seat, they fail because their ideology is simple minded, cruel, and helps only a small portion of the population. Just look at own state legislature if you need an example.
    Their best political strategy would be to allow the ACA to become law, and then complain about it for the next 50 years or so, while offering no real alternatives. Hate your doctor? Blame the Democrats. They manged to do that with welfare since Reagan, and it’s still working. They’ve convinced millions of Americans to vote against their economic interests because of their resentment of the poor and minorities.
    When Repubs have had power, they do nothing about the welfare system, beyond some token cuts to food stamp programs, same goes for SS, medicare, and medicaid. They aren’t just the “Know Nothing” party, they’re the “Do Nothing” party, if they actually did something, it would eliminate their platform for the next election cycle.

  2. Frank Burns

    June 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Does anyone really know what in that large document is included in the health reform law? I know that they gave a lot of exemptions to many of the groups who supported this law and the funny thing was many of them were unions. So no, the public does not support this law as there are too many alligators hiding in the weeds.

  3. david esmay

    June 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Maybe you should read it Frank, and then you’ll have an informed opinion on one issue.

  4. Mark Thompson

    June 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    The heart of this law is the individual mandate that everyone have health care coverage combined with subsidies for Americans to purchase said coverage, up to 400% of the poverty level, or $92,000 for a family of four. The law can survive without an individual mandate, although it would be difficult. The great irony here is that the very same insurance companies who turned against the law halfway through the process would be hurt the most by the repeal of the individual mandate. The mandate was meant as a way to get insurance companies on board as a way to defray the costs of being required to cover people with pre-existing conditions. The Republicans would be up you-know-what creek without a paddle if the SCOTUS struck down the mandate and left the rest of the law in place, because then they would be forced to explain why they oppose mandatory coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, if the Supreme Court strikes the mandate down as unconstitutional, I wonder if some will go on to challenge auto and homeowners insurance requirements in individual states. Personally, I would like to see Obama and the Democrats take on Romney on the health care issue. A strong media blitz to explain the key provisions of the bill, all of which are popular, could increase support for the bill or at least decrease some of the opposition.

  5. Andrew

    June 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    People always like something if they think they are getting it for free !