Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

There's been a dramatic turnaround in some Democrats' thinking about Obamacare and the 2014 elections. Where lawmakers once sought to avoid blame for their national health care overhaul, they are now confident, energized and ready to rub the supposed success of Obamacare in their Republican opponents' faces.

At least that's how the party's most visible leaders would have it. President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats are urging candidates to run proudly on Obamacare. And in the cheerleading section of the press, Obamacare is not just a benefit for Democrats but a disaster for the GOP.


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This is the most telling aspect of ACA currently:

In the more than seven months since Obamacare's exchanges started up last year, public opinion has increasingly been shaped by voters' own experiences with the new law and less by their opinions about an abstract political policy debate. Millions of Americans have now had an opportunity to experience Obamacare, and if the polls are correct, more of them have had negative experiences than positive.

In a series of polls on Obamacare, the Kaiser Family Foundation has asked two simple questions that are particularly revealing about the new law's reach: "So far, would you say you and your family have personally benefited from the health reform law, or not?" and "So far would you say you and your family have been negatively affected by the health reform law, or not?"

The percentage of respondents who say they have benefited from Obamacare has inched up, from 14 percent last October, when the exchanges went online, to 18 percent in April. But the percentage of those who say they or their family have been negatively affected has also increased, from 23 percent last October to 30 percent in April.

Of those who say they have benefited from Obamacare, half -- that is, half of the 18 percent -- say the primary benefit has been to make health care more accessible. About a quarter -- again, a quarter of that 18 percent -- say the Affordable Care Act has made health care more affordable.

Of the 30 percent who say they have been negatively affected, a big majority says Obamacare has increased their health care costs and narrowed their health care choices.

A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 55 percent of those surveyed disapprove of Obamacare -- matching the highest disapproval rating in Obamacare's troubled history. "The recent surge in signups for the new health care exchanges has had little impact on public opinion about the Affordable Care Act," Pew concluded.

What is amazing to me is that the most unpopular aspects of the law have been lawlessly delayed, most notably, the employer mandate. The employer mandate will increase the number of people exposed to this law tenfold. Also, the non-compliance mandates are set to rise which will have a corresponding increase in the level of anger of those who would rather not participate in this. This law is barely limping along and has a couple of pending lawsuits that if they are successful, could completely derail this thing. Given the 12-point spread of those negatively affected by the law directly vs those positively affected by the law...what's going to happen when that number is multiplied by 10?

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-05-13 07:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Obamacare" whatever that is, is a huge problem for Democrats?

Not as big a problem as for every GOPper that opposed it. The parties pivot away to Ben Gazara is proof of it.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2014-05-13 03:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

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