Americans Are Clear, Obamacare Isn't Liberal Enough

Nov 2012
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Americans are Clear: Obamacare Just Isn't Liberal Enough - The Daily Beast

There isn't a majority that opposes the Affordable Care Act because it's too liberal, in fact, a good number of Americans don't think it's liberal enough.

Today’s CNN poll (PDF) on the Affordable Care Act seems like a blow to supporters of the law. When asked if they “generally favor or generally oppose” the president’s health care overhaul, only 35 percent say they “favor.” The large majority—65 percent—say they “oppose.”

For Republicans who have staked their entire message on opposition to Obamacare, this looks like vindication. Not only was the rollout a disaster, but now, the public has turned decisively against the effort. Why would they stop the attacks and calls for repeal if Americans are united in disdain for the law?

The problem for Republicans—and the good news for supporters—is that the results are a little more complicated than they look. In addition to the binary question about support or opposition, CNN also asked respondents to explain their position on the law. Do they oppose the legislation because it’s too liberal, or do they oppose it because it’s not liberal enough.

The answer, for 15 percent of Americans, is that they oppose the Affordable Care Act because it’s not liberal enough in its approach toward health care reform. Indeed, when you look at the full results, you see an electorate that either supports Obamacare or wants a more liberal alternative. There’s still an open question as to what those 15 percent want, but—if they support more liberal policies—then it’s fair to say they don’t want to dismantle the law. What Republicans want—a majority that opposes Obamacare and wants its repeal—just doesn’t exist.

Of course, no one (or at least, no one with credibility) believes that Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act. The barriers are just too high, and by the time its even possible—2017, if Republicans win the Senate in 2014, abolish the filibuster, and win the presidency in 2016—millions of Americans will have already received benefits from the law, to say nothing of the hospitals and insurance companies that will oppose an abrupt return to the status quo ante.

But none of this reality has stopped Republicans from placing their opposition at the center of their approach to next year’s elections, which is why this poll is relevant. If the public isn’t keen on destroying the Affordable Care Act, then there’s a limit to how much the GOP can gain from running this playbook.

Now, a lot depends on the success of the law and the geography of public opinion. If pro-repeal votes are concentrated in red states where Democrats are playing defense, then this broader dynamic doesn’t matter as much. But, if voters are ambivalent on the law—and open to strong arguments and good results—then next year might end with a little Republican disappointment.
 
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this was predicted all along.

obamacare was designed to fail, to justify going to a full on nothing but government plan.
Which will become an even bigger disaster.

Already doctors are opting out and the feds will force you to nurse practitioners. Not the ruling class, our overlords, they'll get the best treatment form the few remaining doctors.

The only 'beneficiaries' from this disaster are the vast percentage being placed into the rotten Medicaid system. Yeah, that'll win a lot of votes.

Finally, more skews lies. His headline "Americans are clear, Obamacare isn't liberal enough". Except that is 15% of those polled. Hardly by any stretch Americans being clear it isn't liberal enough. Just more left wing lies, that 15% is somehow the majority. Doh!
 
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Nov 2012
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65% oppose it

15% oppose it because it isn't liberal enough.

so 50% oppose it because it is too liberal

35% support it or are unsure.


since when is 15% a majority?

Heck that isn't even a plurality
 
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Nov 2012
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I think any politician in the next election cycle that thinks that the turd called the Affordable Care Act is not a albatross hanging around their neck is living in la la land..or, well, Washington.
 
Nov 2012
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I think any politician in the next election cycle that thinks that the turd called the Affordable Care Act is not a albatross hanging around their neck is living in la la land..or, well, Washington.
As Pelosi said I hope the Democrats "Embrace the Suck, of Obamacare."
 
Apr 2013
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65% oppose it

15% oppose it because it isn't liberal enough.

so 50% oppose it because it is too liberal

35% support it or are unsure.


since when is 15% a majority?

Heck that isn't even a plurality
Now you know why American children do poorly in math. 15% = A majority. Well, in Communist run nations that is about right, the ruling class are 15% of the population, everyone else is a drone.
 
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