Republicans’ Worst Nightmare Comes True: Support For Repealing Obamacare Hits All Time Low

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell

A new Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll dealt a blow to Republicans by finding that support for repealing the ACA has hit an all time of low of 31%.

There is bad news all over the place for Republicans in the poll, “When it comes to next steps on the law, a majority say it should be kept in place, including 48 percent who want Congress to work to improve it and 8 percent who say it should be kept as is. Fewer say Congress should repeal the law and replace it with a Republican-sponsored alternative (12 percent) or repeal it and not replace it (19 percent).”

To put it another way, the only issue that the Republicans thought they had in their favor in 2014 has turned against them. The GOP has it all wrong. The majority doesn’t think that Obamacare is a job killing monstrosity that must be killed today. Most people want the law to stay in place, but they also want political leaders to improve it.

While 48% of respondents want the law to be worked on and improved, only 12% support the Republicans’ big idea that they can replace Obamacare with their own alternative. The American people have taken a contradictory view of the ACA. By a margin of 47% to 35%, the law itself remains unpopular, but a majority (56%) don’t want the law repealed or replaced.

It is very possible that a majority may never warmly embrace the ACA, but they also understand the need for healthcare reform, so they don’t want the law to go away either. It is a complicated position, and Republicans have set themselves up for total failure by embracing such a black and white approach to the ACA.

The good news for Democrats is that candidates who run on improving the ACA are likely to get a warm reception from voters. Since Republicans refuse to do anything that would keep the existing law in place, Democrats have an uncontested playing field when it comes to improving the law.

A majority wants this country to move forward on healthcare reform, but they understand that Obamacare is not the perfect finished policy product.

This adds up to a win for President Obama and the Democrats.

The Republican Party’s worst nightmare has always been that Obamacare would grow in popularity over time. The ACA isn’t getting more popular, but the actual healthcare reform law is growing in support. This is disastrous news for Republicans who have based the entire election strategy for 2014 and 2016 on getting rid of Obamacare.

The American people are speaking, and they want their affordable healthcare to be here to stay.

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28 Replies to “Republicans’ Worst Nightmare Comes True: Support For Repealing Obamacare Hits All Time Low”

  1. Since the American people want it improved, can Democrats, progressives and liberals get back to fighting for more public and nonprofit options on the exchanges for their state, or helping lead their state follow Vermont’s example toward single-payer health care, or helping allow anyone under 65 who wants the right to buy into Medicare early as a public option?

    That would improve the legislation. They may reduce corporate profits, but they would improve the law.

  2. Are there any other polls? KFF was sort of in cahoots with ACA from the beginning… just wondering if there are a few more to compare to really get a good feel of what people think.

  3. While it might take several years (Vermont’s isn’t supposed to be fully up and running until 2017) I suspect that Vermont’s example will be copied state by state, just the way gay marriage has been copied state by state over the last 6 years. There is hope for you all! And my American ‘net pals who are cancer survivors are exceedingly grateful about the fact that pre-existing conditions can no longer deny them insurance.

  4. We already knew that Republicans had no chance of winning in 2014 if they continued to rail against the ACA. The book is closed on that matter, as far as I’m concerned. It’s time to move to bigger issues, like raising the minimum wage.

  5. To get where you like to go, we need to take the house majority (in states where Dems. can pick-up seats) they need 18 seats.. Hold the majority in the senate.. GOTV 2014..

  6. If we take back the House and get a larger majority in the Senate, we can get a public option; we also have to make Big Phrma get with the program and lower drug prices. We pay more than any other country in the world and it is ridiculous.

  7. Did anyone every think the president knew that some of this would work out this way. No law is every perfect when first past and no insurance plan work well either there are always going to be something going on wrong somewhere. But it did do a lot better that MA did so that is a start and it will getbetter over time. The rest of the states will get get on board because they will have no choice and they will see that it is here too stay. They had thought the courts was going to save them and when that didn’t happen they didn’t have time to regroup so they just react negative and said No. So now they have to find a way how to say yes and not feel stupid and dumb. But they will, hopefully it will be before they do too much damage to their state.

  8. Bottom line, americans (SANE) americans know a good deal when they see one, the ACA was going to be a success! and the GOP knew it! BTW, I shocked the @charlie our resident republican know it all isn’t here spewing republican talking points. Maybe the computer at the nursing home went down.

  9. It really doesn’t matter how out of touch the Republicans are going into the midterms, they’ll win if the Democrats can’t the base to get off of their apathetic behind’s and vote! The GOP has doubled down on voter restrictions, and they’re still holding a gerrymandered advantage, so we need the big numbers!!!!

  10. the only way to explain republicans getting into the situation they’re in is, well, stupidity. In a country where so many are without health insurance, with the huge need for health care, why would anyone think that people wouldn’t sign up?

  11. For the states that refuse to embrace the ACA, it’s just a matter of time. The people will soon get tired of politicians playing political games with their health care. Sara Palins talk about death panels and she’s right. The Republican governors that refuse to accept the ACA are creating the death panels. People will die unnecessarily because they played politics with their lives. To me, that’s murder.

  12. Wow. Let’s hope that the Democrats actually go with this — very flawed — poll and campaign on it. It’s the GOP’s dream come true.

  13. Very very true. And it occurred to me that all those Dreamers out there need to get into the Hispanic community, get them signed up to vote and OUT to vote in 2014. I think they are the largest bloc of voters who dont bother/stay home. Of course, all attempts to prevent workers from voting, shorter early voting, cutting off weekend voting, stopping evening voting needs to be pushed back by the judiciary. I cant believe how anti-worker these suppression bills are.

  14. Its not hard to understand that wealthy people talking to other wealthy people just dont have a clue, or, that they must take direction from their owner/operators like the Koch Bro. I would like to see a website dedicated to listing the politicians who have taken Koch, etc money. Let people take a pledge to not vote for Koch funded politicians.

  15. So much for all these CONservative posts on blogs about how the “majority” want it gone. I cry “You lie” to these disinformationists.

  16. Some people seem to forget that the first Health Care program that Pres. Obama proposed was Single Payer. He “negotiated” with the gop tea ppl (they took several slices out of it), and Insurance industry and we have what is left.

  17. Marty … she was my neighbor who I drove to the hospital early December 2013. This wasn’t the first time I’d driven her to the hospital and yes Marty had heart issues, but this particular day I’d never seen her that bad off. So, as you might imagine, I was quite surprised when she called a few days later telling me the doctor told her it nothing major and sent her to a skilled nursing facility for rehab. Marty had a cardiac arrest less than a week later. I told the story to a good friend who is an RN in a skilled nursing facility and this person confirmed, they are getting patients who are worse off more lately than they ever have before. So, if you are one who voted your belief the government deciding how much care you should receive, I do wish upon you the fullest of this experience.

  18. I triple dog dare a Republican who wants to repeal the ACA to tell someone that has benefited or was able to get health insurance through the ACA to their face that I am going to take away your health insurance that’s what would happen if the Republicans were successful at repealing the ACA. The Republicans are cowards because they don’t have the balls to go up to someone that is benefiting from Universal Healthcare and tell them I am going to take it away from you. I think if a republican did tell someone that is benefiting from the ACA to their face that I am going to take it away from you the Republican would have a knock down greg on fight or have their lights punched out. Thats why the Republicans use TV and the media and make threats to repeal universal healthcare because they are cowards and don’t have the guts to tell someone that has benefited under the ACA that I am going to take it away from you. Just like that saying if you have something to say then say it to my f…

  19. What happened to your friend is sad and regrettable, but it is an anecdote that isn’t even vaguely connected with the ACA.

    Your other friend, the RN, is also feeding you an anecdote about what they perceive to be an increase in difficult cases. Is there such an increase? We don’t know — but your friends’ testimony is not the way to determine it. Science is.

    When you have EVIDENCE, come back and spout it. But you might want to hold off till then, because you’re denigrating your point with these non-arguments and doing a disservice to the memory of your friend by misusing her story to the detriment of others.

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