Health care reform is probably the signature achievement of the Obama administration, realizing a decades-old progressive dream. It was Obama’s big issue during the 2008 campaign, he fought hard to get it passed in 2009 and 2010, and I suspect that part of the reason he has been accommodating toward Republicans after last month’s election drubbing is that he is building a position from which to defend ObamaCare from any efforts to repeal it. This is the one issue he truly cares about; as Stanley Kurtz has shown, nationalized health care is the lever Obama intends to use to tip the nation toward overall Socialism. It’s not much of a bet to say he will fight to defend it.
If so, he’ll have to fight a majority of the nation; we just hate ObamaCare:
Time doesn’t seem to be winning the new national health care law any more friends. Most voters have favored repeal of the law every week since it was passed and support for repeal has now inched up to its highest level since mid-September. Many Americans remain concerned that the law will force them to change their health insurance coverage.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 60% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law while 34% are opposed. As has been the case since the law was first passed, those who favor repeal feel more passionately than those who want to keep the law–46% Strongly Favor repeal while just 23% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Total support for repeal is up four points from a week ago but consistent with opposition to the law for months. Support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63% in weekly tracking since Democrats in Congress passed the law in late March.
More and more companies are announcing the elimination of coverage or changes to their offered plans detrimental to those covered, because of ObamaCare. Even his biggest union backers are feeling the pinch. As this rolling snowball grows and more people find they can’t keep the plan they like –Obama’s promise notwithstanding– I expect those repeal numbers will grow, too.
Good luck fighting the tide, President Canute.