Obamacare Views: ‘So Predictable’

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Andres Cuartas, left, sits with Mercedes Mujica, an agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as he purchases a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

“I knew it all along.
You’re so predictable.
I knew something would go wrong (something’s always wrong) .
So you don’t have to call
or say anything at all.
You’re so predictable (so predictable).”
— Good Charlotte

We’ve seen it for some time now.

Like so many issues on which voters are surveyed, support for “Obamacare” and opposition to the president’s signature health-care law breaks down along partisan lines.

A Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that, as the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s insurance changes ended last night, support for the law has “surged” among Democrats: 76 percent. That’s up 11 points since January. Among Republicans, the poll shows, opposition runs at 78 percent.

And now Gallup’s Frank Newport paints the division in even starker terms:
The Odds of Disapproving of the Healthcare Law, 2013-2014 results

“These results stem from an aggregated set of surveys in which Gallup measured approval of the ACA,” Newport and Andrew Dugan write. “The data span August 2013 to March 2014 and include interviews with 13,797 U.S. adults. Overall support for the ACA remained low throughout this period, even as the various components of the law rolled out.”

“Of the majority of Americans who disapprove, nearly seven in 10 are self-identified Republicans or individuals who lean toward the GOP. Democrats and Democratic leaners make up less than a fifth of those who disapprove of the law. The remaining 14 percent, based on their survey responses, cannot be classified as Republicans or Democrats.”

This is only one of the reasons why Obamacare remains a problem, politically, for President Barack Obama’s party heading into the midterm congressional elections even as more than six million Americans have signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Jim Clyburn, the last Democrat from South Carolina standing in Congress, says his party is going to have to do a much better job of selling Obamacare. See Michael Bender’s report on Clyburn’s comments at a meeting of Bloomberg editors and reporters in New York. And see Bloomberg’s Caroline Chen, Margaret Talev and Alex Wayne on the Obamacare sign-up closing as it began, with flaws and new challenges.

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