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ACA Agonistes
Americans Still Trust Dems over GOP on Health Care

The Democratic Party has taken a beating in public opinion polls over the many Obamacare fiascos, but people still prefer it to the Republican Party on health care. WaPo breaks down the numbers:

Majorities of Americans continue to disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy and of the implementation of his signature health-care law. But after a noticeable decline late last year after the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, attitudes about his handling of the law have stabilized over the first months of this year.

Despite the problems with the health-care law’s implementation, Democrats maintain an edge over Republicans on which party Americans trust to deal with the issue, by a margin of 44 percent to 36 percent.

To be sure, this is a small margin—much smaller than what existed pre-ACA. But the fact that the numbers still swing the Democrats’ way in the wake of an unpopular law and its botched rollout shows us that Americans do not want to return to the status quo ante. The GOP has to convince the country it has a plausible plan for moving health care forward if it wants to turn the public’s hatred of the ACA into a positive mandate. The more conservative commenters claim that health care before the ACA was basically in good shape, the longer the pro-Democratic tilt on health care will last.

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  • Andrew Allison

    For shame! You not only conflate the GOP and conservative commentators, but the link does not contain any such claim. I don’t think that the GOP as a whole claims health care before the ACA was basically in good shape — just Google “republican health care proposals”. Iagree that the GOP would be better off promoting it’s alternatives than attacking ACA, which seems destined to fail without outside help.

    • ojfl

      Indeed Andrew. I think WRM would help much if he made mentions of all of the ideas proposed by the Republicans. The GOP does a lousy job at propagating them but they have an enormous hurdle with the media and WRM would serve all better if at least the outline of those ideas were presented in blogs such as this.

  • Jim__L

    So…. don’t trust the government to handle health care.

    Simple enough.

  • qet

    Americans don’t know whom they trust or what they want. If they did, then it would not be possible to produce so many widely divergent polls using such small sample sizes. There are 300+ million Americans. The central limit theorem is not infinitely elastic. When polls start appearing with sample sizes of 10 million, then I might be more inclined to take them seriously. But probably not, because any poll that asks a question like “Who do you trust more on health care, the Democrats or Republicans?” simply begs not to be taken seriously.

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