Americans Extremely Uninterested in Defunding Obamacare
A poll earlier this year found that Congress was less popular than cockroaches, traffic jams, and Nickelback.
Republicans have finally found something less popular than Congress: their demands to defund or delay Obamacare.
As we’ve discussed, Republicans are threatening to shut down the government — or even tank the entire economy by defaulting on our obligations — unless Democrats agree to defund or delay Obamacare. Conservatives even launched a national tour to promote the idea and Tea Party groups are planning yet another anti-Obamacare rally at the Capitol next Tuesday.
As Republicans themselves admit, this is their last chance to stop the law before millions of Americans begin shopping for quality, affordable health care on October 1.
Unfortunately for Republicans, the American people not buying what they’re selling.
One recent poll found that 57 percent of Americans are opposed to defunding Obamacare. A more nuanced poll out this morning finds even less support for the idea:
Some conservative Republicans are threatening a government shutdown unless President Obama agrees to give up on his signature healthcare law. The House has voted roughly 40 times to chip away at the law, most recently to delay its individual mandate.
But delay and defunding are the least popular options for ObamaCare, according to the Morning Consult poll released Wednesday. Just 6 percent of registered voters said Congress should delay and defund the law.
Taken together, a total of 64 percent said either that Congress should make changes to improve the law, let the law take effect, or even expand the law — all of which are being advocated for by Democrats and progressive groups. Just 30 percent support repealing the law entirely, as Republicans and conservative groups continue to demand.
BOTTOM LINE: Instead of more irresponsible threats and pointless repeal votes, it’s time for Republicans to either help make Obamacare work or just get out of the way.
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