Any effort to repeal ObamaCare, as Republicans have endlessly attempted in the House, would be contingent upon intense public opposition. As more and more Americans focus on the health care law, the intensity on the side of the opposition has grown substantially.
A round of new polling shows some serious danger signs for incumbent Democrats in red or purple states, whom of which the American people will have to ouster if they decide that the only way to fix the state of their health care is to repeal ObamaCare.
A new Rasmussen poll found opposition to the government mandating the purchase of health coverage is at an all-time high, with 58 percent of likely voters in opposition, with just 33 percent in favor. The passion remains on the side of the opponents, as only 19 percent say they have a “Very Favorable” view of the law, while 47 percent have a “Very Unfavorable” one.
Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters under 40 favor the health insurance mandate, compared to 31% of middle-age adults and 28% of senior citizens.
Intensity has grown as more Americans have been paying closer attention to ObamaCare in the news. Now, 87 percent of all voters are following news of the health care law “at least somewhat” closely, including 55 percent who are following the news “Very Closely.”
Voters now overwhelmingly — 81 percent — want to change or repeal the health care law, with 1-out-of-2 saying they want to scrap it completely and start over again.
The reason: Because it is affecting the everyday lives of Americans.
In a recent Associated Press/GfK poll, 69 percent of Americans said their premiums will be increasing, with 59 percent saying out-of-pocket expenses, such as co-pays and deductibles will increase. Of the people who know what the future of their health care will look like under the law, it isn’t good for the Democratic Party. In total, a whopping 77 percent blame the changes to their insurance on ObamaCare, with just 21 percent believing that their coverage will be more generous.
The president will soon have a problem piecing together a coalition strong enough to preserve the law as it is, with even those who traditionally supported ObamaCare now rethinking that position. In the latest polling, even the “Political Class” is now divided when asked about the individual mandate, while most “Mainstream” voters are opposed to it, but in higher numbers than before.
The problem is fundamental, because Americans favor market choice over a few choices designed by the government.
Despite the Democrats believing they know best, 73 percent believe individuals should have the right to choose between different types of health insurance plans, including some that cost more and cover just about all medical procedures and some that cost less and cover only major medical procedures.
While the support for choice is overwhelming, when wording varies, even more voters — 83 percent — think individuals should have the right to choose between different types of health insurance plans, including some with higher deductibles and lower premiums and others with lower deductibles and higher premiums, and only 8 percent don’t believe individuals should have that right to choose.
If these numbers persist, Democrats may find themselves with just two choices: 1) scrap or drastically alter the law, or 2) be defeated and Republicans will do it for them.