So far, the snags in those marketplaces have not altered the public’s divided view of the law, although the survey was concluded before the deluge of reports on people getting cancellation notices from their insurers. Forty-four percent said they oppose the health care law and 38 expressed support for it, reflecting the same split in previous monthly surveys. Forty-seven percent want to expand it or keep it as is, while 37 percent want to repeal it. The split remains highly partisan, with Democrats backing the law and Republicans opposing it.
Of course, that partisan investment in seeing the law succeed has played a big part in keeping these numbers stable. But these numbers also reflect the fact that the pre-ACA situation was deeply flawed in many ways, and few Americans want the country to return to it. Meaningful opposition to the law, then, can’t focus solely on its flaws in the hopes it will self-destruct.Those who don’t want the ACA to remain the law of the land have to propose a credible, convincing alternative that people will think is better than both the ACA and the pre-ACA system. As this poll suggests, all the implementation screwups in the world won’t free the law’s opponents from that task.