American voters disapprove 54 – 39 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his lowest approval rating in any Quinnipiac University national poll since he became president…For the first time today, American voters say 52 – 44 percent that Obama is not honest and trustworthy….Only 19 percent of American voters say the quality of care they and their families receive will improve in the next year because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while 43 percent say it will get worse and 33 percent say ACA won’t affect their health care. Voters also support 73 – 20 percent extending the March 31, 2014 deadline for signing up for coverage without facing a penalty.
Opponents of the law are no doubt popping the champagne at these numbers, especially because “fixes” like delaying the mandate will actually contribute to the death spiral threatening the ACA. These poll results spell disaster for Obama and the ACA.But these numbers also point to challenges that any health reform would face. As people on all sides of the Obamacare debate have pointed out, there is really no possible reform that wouldn’t disrupt the health care market in some way. Undoubtedly, there are ways to minimize the disruption and balance the tradeoffs better than Obamacare does. But if the public is signaling that it won’t accept any health reform that kicks people off pre-existing plans, that’s a serious challenge to any attempt to fix our broken system.