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.