Support for the Affordable Care Act Increases After Supreme Court Ruling

  • creature

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    Jul 01, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) - Voter support for President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul has increased following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding it, a lthough majorities still oppose it, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday showed.

    Among all registered voters, support for the law rose to 48 percent in the online survey conducted after Thursday's ruling, up from 43 percent before the court decision. Opposition slipped to 52 percent from 57 percent.

    The survey showed increased backing from Republicans and, crucially, the political independents whose support will be essential to winning the Nov. 6 presidential election.

    Thirty-eight percent of independents supported the healthcare overhaul. That was up from 27 percent from a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken days before the justices' ruling. Opposition among independents was 62 percent, versus 73 percent earlier.


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  • KissTheSky

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    Jul 01, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    The Obama administration did a terrible job educating people on what's really in the bill. This should have been a massive public education campaign equal to Bush's selling of the Iraq War -- only based on truth instead of lies. Instead they did very little in the way of explaining a complicated bill.
    The dangers of leaving an information vacuum is that Tea Party/Republican propagandists will step in with a campaign of lies -- which is exactly what happened. Remember the "death panels" lie that Sarah Palin couldn't shut up about?

    Obama's people are finally beginning to get the truth out, which is why the approval of the ACA is rising. Thursday's ruling, Obama's speech, and the subsequent media coverage is a huge step in the right direction.

    What's telling is that all along, people polled on the individual elements of the bill would give broad approval, but then say they were against "Obamacare," thanks to the misinformation campaign of the GOP/Insurance industry.

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    Jul 01, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    KissTheSky saidThe Obama administration did a terrible job educating people on what's really in the bill.
    The nation is predominately stupid, and they know that. This is why education efforts were never performed.
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    Jul 01, 2012 10:06 PM GMT
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcia-angell-md/roberts-romney-health-care_b_1637397.html
    Marcia Angell, M.D., Physician, Author, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School

    "Obamacare is simply incapable of doing what it is supposed to do -- provide nearly universal care at an affordable and sustainable cost."

    She goes on to explain exactly how it will unravel and that she preferred a single payer system. I disagree that single payer would do any better because the law does not address some of the fundamental cost drivers that the Republicans tried, during the brief window when they were allowed to participate, to get inserted in the bill. The Democrats did not want to consider the cost reduction measures that were opposed by the special interest groups the Democrats pander to.

    Would be interesting if any of the law's supporters on RJ were to provide a critique of her assessment. Of the comments I read on the site, I did not see any substantive disagreement of her assessment of the law, though there was disagreement about whether the single payer would work as in other countries.
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    Jul 01, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    KissTheSky saidThe Obama administration did a terrible job educating people on what's really in the bill.
    The nation is predominately stupid, and they know that. This is why education efforts were never performed.


    I wish they did try.

    By failing to give the Affordable Care Act a strong offense, President Obama and the Democrats allowed the Republicans to control the narrative.

    There should have been flooding of television, radio, and internet ads to highlight benefits of the health reform legislation. And those ads should have directed audiences to a user-friendly site so people can easily navigate and understand the major and minor provisions of the law.

    Once the law goes into full effect and people experience it firsthand, we can expect to see favorability towards the Affordable Care Act rise even higher.