Republicans want to repeal it, Democrats are running away from it, and the American people continue to hate it. A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll out yesterday found sentiment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is largely unchanged since November. According to the poll 46% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion about the law, while 38% of Americans are in favor of the law. Sixteen percent of Americans are either undecided or refused to answer the question during the poll.
The poll discovered that the most common reason Americans have remained uninsured, even with the law in place, is because the insurance is too expensive. Common quotes from the poll state:
- “What’s out there now is just unaffordable."
- “Because I think food on the table is more important.”
- “Being a single mom every penny I have goes into my household and I have nothing extra.”
Similarly, a Washington Post/ABC News poll, also out yesterday, found 44% of Americans approve of Obamacare and President Obama's overall approval rating continues to sink. The law remains unpopular because it is doing the opposite of what it promised and is actually the opposite of its name. In most cases, have increased while dramatically increasing deductibles resulting in a much large outlay of cash each year Americans must pay out for medical needs.
On the campaign website of Democrat Charlie Crist, who is running to be Florida's next governor against Rick Scott and Adrian Wyllie, the only mention of the ACA is a mention on a way for businesses to reduce their exposure to the law. Yet Crist cannot escape his past support of the law, which Rick Scott and Adrian Wyllie never let an opportunity to remind Floridians go to waste.
Democrats as well as Republicans and Libertarians are watching the polling closely to gauge how best to campaign for the November, 2014 general election. Should Obamacare remain unpopular, Democratic candidates will strategically not be able to be with President Obama in public due to a scheduling conflict, which is often the the cited reason by candidate press offices. For Republican and Libertarian candidates, depending upon their district, will toe a soft but firm line with rhetoric against the law.