The Republican strategy of running against Obamacare is completely collapsing around them as the new Reuters/Iposos poll has found that more Americans prefer Obamacare to the Republican plan on healthcare.
According to Reuters:
Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the “Obamacare” health plan.
Nearly one-third of respondents in the online survey released on Tuesday said they prefer Democrats’ plan, policy or approach to healthcare, compared to just 18 percent for Republicans. This marks both an uptick in support for Democrats and a slide for Republicans since a similar poll in February.
The change in the polling isn’t because Republicans have seen the light on the ACA, or that Independents are flocking to the law. The public polling changed because Democrats are finally embracing the ACA. Now that the law has been proven to both work and be popular, many Democrats are jumping on board.
This is the worst possible news for Republicans because they were counting on negativity about Obamacare to keep Democrats away from the polls this November. The success of the ACA appears to be boosting Democratic spirits, and could have voters looking forward to the election this November.
A simple rule of thumb for understanding the dynamics of the 2014 election is that anything that promotes positivity and optimism are bad news for Republicans. The entire 2014 GOP strategy is based on suppressing the vote by keeping potential Democratic voters feeling negative about the country. If Democrats feel good, they might come out to vote, and if they come out to vote, the odds of Republicans winning go down.
The anti-Obamacare roof is falling in on Republicans. The more popular the law becomes, the less popular their message of repeal gets.
Democrats are starting to reap the political rewards of Obamacare’s success, while Republicans could be watching their 2014 hopes slowly fading away.