The Republican echo chamber has certainly convinced itself. And it’s convinced weenies like Mike Ross, too. But the fact is that most Americans like a lot of things about health care reform and, what’s more, polling shows only a small minority want it repealed.
Part of the unhappiness about the law is, as Gene Lyons noted today, from people who didn’t think it went far enough. But that certainly doesn’t equate to a repeal vote. Repeal won’t happen. People will grow to like it more, just not in time for this election.
A new Kaiser poll has found that more voters like the law than not:
The tug of war for public opinion on health reform continues this month, with approval and disapproval staying in the same relatively narrow band each has occupied since passage even as favorable views regain a small upper hand, 49 percent favorable vs. 40 percent unfavorable. Opinion is more closely divided among this fall’s likely voters (46 percent vs. 45 percent), and opponents of the law continue to hold their views more emphatically than supporters. Overall, 26 percent of Americans believe the law should be repealed.
… And here is where is gets more interesting. According to a recent Associated Press poll, many of the voters who are disappointed wanted the new law to do more, not less.
A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.