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NEW POLL: Big Risks for GOP in Gambit to Put Insurance Companies Back in Charge of Americans’ Health Care

A new CNBC poll conducted by Hart-McInturff finds that a solid majority of Americans (59% to 19%) oppose defunding the new health care law if it means shutting down the government and defaulting on debt.  The key stat in the poll shows the disparity between Tea Party Republicans and the rest of the party:

Republicans are split on defunding ACA – “The views of Republicans who do not describe themselves as Tea Party supporters are closer to those of Democrats than to the group in their own party who are Tea Party supporters.  They actually oppose defunding Obamacare 44% to 36% with 20% unsure.”

This CNBC poll is the fourth poll in the last few weeks showing that Americans strongly reject the reckless Republican strategies of threatening our economy to defund ACA.

In a Pew survey last week, only 23% support sabotaging ACA;

WaPo/ABC found only 27% support for shutting down the government to defund ACA

And Kaiser has consistently found that about 60% of Americans oppose defunding ACA – and their top reason for doing so is the belief that it shouldn’t be used as a tool for hostage taking in the budget process.

CONSERVATIVES: This Republican ACA Strategy Won’t Work

Senator Tom Coburn on Face the Nation:

“Well, I think it’s a great attempt to raise the issue of some of the weaknesses and the problems with Obamacare, but it’s not – it’s not a tactic that we can actually carry out and be successful, and I am sure that the Senate is going to move that bill forward.  You know, the ironic thing, Bob, is that the answer now in the Senate, by those who proposed this strategy, is to filibuster the very bill they said they wanted.”

Former Senator Judd Gregg, who served as Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, in The Hill:

“Most Americans these days are simply ignoring Republicans.  And they should…An approach to the debt ceiling that says one will not vote for its extension unless ObamaCare is defunded is the political equivalent of playing Russian roulette with all the chambers of the gun loaded.  It is the ultimate no-win strategy.”

Conservative writer Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post:

“If you caught Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) or Mike Lee (R-Utah) on the Sunday talk shows, you would quickly realize that these two have absolutely no idea what they are doing…Lee’s and Cruz’s insistence that they are the ones ‘fighting’ is belied by the facts.  They are actually intent on running into a concrete wall again and again to prove their political machismo…And the contention that this Keystone Kops routine is what the base really wants assumes it, like Cruz and Lee, is really in favor of stupid gestures with no endgame.”

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