As the policy debate spirals over the future of Obamacare, and conservatives hammer away at how to create a coalition which can decidedly repeal the law, it's important to get perspective on what Democrats, on average, think about not just on Obamacare in its current state, but on expanding government exponentially into the insurance market.
According to recent CNN polling, a majority of Americans still disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, which was passed in 2010. However, when you separate out by political affiliation, you not only find that Obamacare is wildly popular among Democrats, but also that those Democrats would gladly pay more in taxes if that meant full, government-run health care.
According to the results of the poll (emphasis added):
When asked about the 2010 health care law, a slim majority of Americans (51%) say they oppose the legislation vs. 42% of Americans who favor the bill. That's a return to the level of support seen in May 2015. But when the question was posed as to whether they support “Obamacare” — the colloquial term for the Affordable Care Act — support for the law is higher. Half favor the law vs. 46% who oppose it.
Nearly six in 10 say they favor a national health insurance program, even if it means higher taxes (58%). That's down slightly from ten years ago, before the passage of the ACA, when 64% supported the idea. Still, eight in 10 Democrats (81%) say they support the idea.
The poll also found that Congress was less popular than President Donald Trump, whose poll numbers are in a rut:
Here's a silver lining for President Donald Trump: he's still more popular than Congress.
Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have earned the ire of most Americans, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, with nearly seven in 10 (68%) judging the Republican Congress a failure so far after last month's repeal and replace plan died in the Senate.
Republicans in Congress failed to fulfill their promise to their constituents last month by being incapable of repealing Obamacare in the U.S. Senate. John McCain was the deciding midnight vote on razor-thin margins.
Since the legislative failure, Trump has been hammering away at Senate leadership to come up with another plan.