A new Pew poll shines a spotlight on the perils of the House GOP mission to repeal the patient protections and budget savings in the Affordable Care Act…even those Americans who say they do not approve of the law still think lawmakers “should do what they can to make the law work as well as possible.” From the Washington Post: Fewer than one in four Americans support sabotage of Obamacare
It continues to go overlooked in the Beltway argument over Obamacare, but one of the most fundamental factors shaping the politics of all of this is that disapproval of the Affordable Care Act does not necessarily translate into support for Republican efforts to undermine or sabotage the law.
Republicans and conservatives constantly justify either their repeated votes to repeal the law, or their threats of destructive confrontations to defund or delay it, by citing public dissatisfaction with it as proof the public supports their efforts. Yet there’s little to no polling evidence to suggest one translates into support for the other. Indeed, there’s evidence the opposite is true…
Fewer than one in four Americans supports efforts to try to make the law fail. Fewer than half of Republicans back such efforts; support for them is largely driven by Tea Party Republicans.
Americans want jobs, not more pointless, political poison pills that risk the health and economic security of the middle class. Are House Republicans listening?