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Oct 16 2013

Obamacare tips into popularity

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The Teaparty was right to be afraid. Now they should be very afraid. Obamare is no longer “unpopular” and by some polls is indeed supported by a majority of Americans. Case in point:

Democracy Now — Just 38 percent now clearly oppose the Affordable Care Act. While likely voters divide evenly on the plan, 8 percent oppose the law because it does not go far enough. As a result, just 38 percent oppose the law because it is big government. By significant margins, voters want lawmakers to implement and fix the law, rather than repeal it.

By a 20-point margin, 58 percent to 38 percent, voters say lawmakers should implement and fix the law rather than repeal it. Additionally, intensity favors implementation—38 percent strongly favor implementing the law while 28 percent strongly favor repeal. Strong opposition to the law has dropped a net 10 points since 2010 —now at 34 percent. This is a totally different context than 2010, when Democrats paid the price for the ACA and Republicans took control of the House.

I’m way too jaded to buy into the ‘wisdom of the American people” or any of that delicious sounding, pandering nonsense. But when someone’s direct interests are on the line, and relief is only found in one place, it can sharpen even the dullest mind.

From a purely political perspective, the past few weeks have been almost surreal. Not only did Cruz drive a big wedge in the GOP, he bilked millions of Teaparty dollars to continue splitting the party while diverting critical media attention from legit IT fucks-ups in Obamacare.

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  1. 1
    Reginald Selkirk

    Hmm, very limited options. No “repeal and NOT replace.”

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    Scr... Archivist

    Not only did Cruz drive a big wedge in the GOP, he bilked millions of Teaparty dollars to continue splitting the party while diverting critical media attention from legit IT fucks-ups in Obamacare.

    Maybe that Canadian is working with the Kenyan. You know how furriners are.

    Dun dun DUN!

  3. 3
    jamessweet

    while diverting critical media attention from legit IT fucks-ups in Obamacare.

    Yeah, I’ve been surprised at how little gloating I’ve heard about this… or how little I’ve heard about it at all! I would have expected opponents of the ACA to be all over it, like “Ha ha, we knew this would be a disaster all along,” but I’ve heard barely anything. I think you’re right, they blew it by making themselves the spectacle…

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    magistramarla

    Jamessweet,
    I’ve been reading a lot about this from the tea party faithfuls who comment at my local paper.
    Every day several of them give an “update” about their attempts to use the healthcare website, usually ending with a BWAHAHAHA.
    It’s really concerned me that they are doing a denial of service type of thing.

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