I know people hate change, but this is ridiculous.
Looking at the latest poll numbers, the more delays, exceptions and eliminations the president and his team make to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the less popular it becomes.
President Obama’s signature piece of legislation – and some might argue his only real legacy (for better or worse) – continues to take a hit in the polls, much like the president himself.
According to Rasmussen Reports, “41 percent of likely U.S. voters share at least a somewhat unfavorable view of the health care law, while 53 percent view it unfavorably.” But the oddest thing about the Rasmussen poll, at least from where I sit, is how many people claim they’ve felt no impact – 53 percent. I can’t wait to see that number fall.
Course, Gallup last numbers revealed a startling 43 percent of Americans still weren’t aware they needed coverage. Looks like the next couple of years will feature more rude awakenings than a season of “Breaking Amish.”
And leave it to Fox to offer the most colorful wording of the week’s polls. The “fair and balanced folks” found that 57 percent of Americans felt the way the health care law was being implemented was a joke. But at least an overwhelming amount of their respondents were aware of the higher costs headed our way.
(The latest delay over out-of-pocket limit caps, actually dropped way back in February, hit the national radar this week after the New York Times deemed it news, or maybe they just noticed it. (Come to think of it, the New York Times site crashed the day after. Maybe the NSA does more than monitor…) But it clearly broker too late for this batch of surveys, so it will be interesting to see what it does to the numbers.)
In other news, I have a confession, or maybe in this case, a correction.
At least one leading (and left-leaning) member of Congress has now gone on record as saying Obamacare is just a stepping stone toward a single-payer system – despite my obstinate refusal to believe such a conspiracy.
But there’s Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, telling the local PBS affiliate “he thinks the country has to ‘work our way past’ insurance-based health care. What we’ve done with Obamacare is a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever.”
So, yeah, guess I was wrong in giving the Democratic leadership the benefit of the doubt. My bad.