Trumpcare Is Less Popular Than Nickelback, Putin, And Even Ted Cruz

| JUN 28, 2017 | 9:56 PM


The news just keeps getting worse for the Republican health care repeal plan. On the heels of a CBO report that shows the Senate's “new and improved” version of the bill would kick 22 million people off of their health care and result in higher out-of-pocket costs, a new round of polling shows levels of unpopularity that would make Jared Fogle cringe.

An NPR poll released on Wednesday shows just 17 percent of Americans approve of the Senate bill, and that's the good news. Quinnipiac places approval for Trumpcare at just 16 percent.

But the cruelest cut of all comes from USA Today, whose poll finds just 12 percent approval for the bill, which led the paper to make this observation:

Still, given that 39% of respondents preferred Nickelback over Trump than the Republican candidate Trump last May – and President Trump is now more popular than this health care bill – we are going to guess that both are maybe more popular than this piece of legislation.

To be honest, I'm not really sure why people hate Nickelback so much, because I've never actually heard a Nickelback song. I'm either too old or too young to get it. Nickelback is the nickname I gave to the ED-209 figurine I keep on my desk. (Kidding. I wish I had an ED-209 figurine on my desk.)

But to put these numbers into context, Trumpcare is also more unpopular with Americans than Vladimir Putin, which is true even if you use NPR's “high” score. In February, Gallup found that Putin had a 22 percent favorability rating.

Even worse, the murderous dictator barely edges out Ted Cruz, whose average favorability rating is 23.9 percent, which is still almost double Trumpcare's rating. Literally nobody likes Ted Cruz. When he starred in a school production of “Sophie's Choice,” they changed the title to “Oh, It's Ted. No Contest.” He didn't get picked last for kickball, he was the kickball. When Jesus made his famous “cast the first stone” speech, he said “except at Ted Cruz.”

I hesitate to mention any of this, though, because I don't want anyone to get the idea that these numbers mean the bill won't pass. These are not ordinary times, and the avalanche of bad news could have a distorting effect on whatever the Republicans excrete next. Resist like your lives depend on it, because for some of you, they do.

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