ObamaCare continues to win over new supporters

According to a new Bloomberg poll, 35 percent of Americans want ObamaCare repealed, 12 percent says it’s fine as it is and 51 percent say that while the law may need small modifications, it should remain in place and adjusted as needed. That’s a total of 63 percent who say the law is fine or should be preserved with small changes.
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The problem for Republicans is that the overwhelming majority of the 35 percent that supports repeal are members of their party’s vocal base. GOP candidates have little choice but to try to placate that group — especially if those candidates happen to be running for president — but by placating the base you run afoul of a significant majority of the general population that does not want the law repealed.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released this morning reports a similar finding: For the first time in several years, the number of those with a favorable view of ObamaCare is larger than those who view it unfavorably:

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As Kaiser points out, the margin is very small — one percentage point, and well within the tracking poll’s margin of error of 3 percentage points. But the trend is unmistakable. The popularity of the law took a significant blow with the initial problems with health exchanges, but since July of last year its standing has improved noticeably.  In the last nine months, the percentage of those viewing the law unfavorably has dropped by 11 percentage points.

But again, the Republican base just hates it. Only 16 percent of those who identify as Republicans are willing to say that they favor the program. When asked whether the program is costing the government more or less than originally expected — according to the CBO, the correct answer is significantly less — only 1 percent of Republicans got the right answer.

According to Kaiser, just 29 percent of Americans — but 58 percent of Republicans — want the law repealed outright. So that’s the position that Republicans are forced to embrace.

And finally, the most important numbers of all:

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It’s also worth noting that none of the dire calamities that Republicans predicted after passage of ObamaCare have proved valid. The deficit is declining, overall health-care costs are much lower than projected, millions of Americans now have health coverage and the economy continues is improving at a much more rapid pace than in most of the rest of the world.

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hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

The ACA will be broadly supported henceforth -- for good reasons. That's all I have to say about that.

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

A Georgia religious freedom law allows pharmacists to refuse to fill a prescription if that medication is offensive to their religious beliefs. 1) how many Georgia politicians accused President Obama of trying to come between patients and their doctors AFTER they voted for this legislation 15 years ago? 2) what if their wife/daughter/daughter-in-law needed meds to reduce the complications from a miscarriage and they were turned away?

3)If pharmacists started to refuse Viagra because of the conscience clause, you can be darn sure that legislation would change right quick!

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

http://county.milwaukee.gov/DistrictAttorney7715.htm

Here's the face of a real American brown shirt--a hateful, bigotted, legalized terrorist who has attempted to literally ruin people's lives for political vengeance.  He should be locked up and spend time with other criminals.

He's a partisan Democrat too.

Anyone surprised??

---probably a relative of paJamvet and goat. 

Orange15
Orange15

Michele Bachmann says the rapture is coming, thanks to President barack obama’s policies on Iran’s nuclear program and marriage equality. Guess that makes old obama the Antichrist.

Yes_Jesus_Can
Yes_Jesus_Can

@Orange15 

Nah, the antiChrist wouldn't be such a nobody. He'd probably be a little smarter too, smarter at hiding his intelligence. 0bama doesn't have much to hide.  Now Hillary Mendacity..... 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Attention!  There have been reports of "countdown overload" on this blog.  Until the situation is corrected, we rquest you refrain from "countdowns" until you hear the "all clear."

Thank you.

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Nick_Danger


You watch, some wiseacre is going to say "all clear" just to watch her go down in 3...2...

HeadleyLamar
HeadleyLamar

The genius I assume doesnt realize that a lot of ME's work for the Police Deprrtment.

And have been know to fudge to say the least.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Dual leg-humpers in 3...2... oh, wait!

They're already here!

SimpleTruths
SimpleTruths

Pointless Kamchak prediction in 3...2... oh wait!

Pianoman63
Pianoman63

Such a BS article.


Hey Bozo, NONE of the significant costs/penalties that are going to drive this train wreck have been implemented because his royal highness has unilaterally "delayed" the legal language of his own bill because he knows what that would do to a Democratic candidate in 2016.


Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@Doggone_GA @Pianoman63 I'd like to see your proof of that.

Is this the same guy that wanted to see proof that Pelosi said that if you want to see what's in the bill we have to pass it??


Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@Doggone_GA @Pianoman63


The  Cadillac tax doesn't hit until 2018. 


Furthermore, many more taxes just kicked in at the start of this year. 


Additionally, the penalty will go to 3% this year. Various other taxes and fees that are just now being felt or will be felt more in the future. His assertion is correct. 


http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2015/02/17/how-many-obamacare-taxes-are-there/


Here is what happened on January 1, 2015 :

Top Medicare tax goes from 1.45% to 2.35%

Top Income tax bracket goes from 35% to 39.6%

Top Income payroll tax goes from 37.4% to 52.2%

Capital Gains tax goes from 15% to 20%

Dividends tax goes from 15% to 39.6%

Estate tax goes from 0% to 40%

gotalife
gotalife

Amazing watching congress working again because the gop stopped their temper tantrum of losing huge twice.


Lets do immigration, infrastructure, campaign and election reform, income inequality, climate change then fund everything to keep it going.


Solve the people's issues then just keep it going.


Easy peasy and cut down on the theatrics and division.


We are all on the same team. America's team

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@gotalife

We told you that things would change when the adults took charge.

gotalife
gotalife

@DownInAlbany  They just started acting like adults and not crybabies. They tossed you cons under the bus. That is major progress.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@gotalife Lets do immigration, infrastructure, campaign and election reform, income inequality, climate change then fund everything to keep it going.

In other words, fleece the middle class some more. After all, you can't tax the rich or corporations to get elected. Great effing idea.

Kamchak
Kamchak

FairTax drivel in 3...2...1....

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

Just checking in. . . . 


Anyone actually say anything about that Republican plan that will cover all those uninsured people that we will get when they repeal ObamaCare? 



Kamchak
Kamchak

@LogicalDude 

Anyone actually say anything about that Republican plan that will cover all those uninsured people that we will get when they repeal ObamaCare? 

Srsly?

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"Okay, good.  I didn't want to have to restate 25-year-old tax returns anyhow.   XD"


The truth is every last one of us, no matter how hard we've tried to file our taxes accurately, are subject to making mistakes like this one and getting hammered by some IRS agent bucking for a promotion.  


The tax code needs to go and if you libs can't see that, well, there's just not much hope for you.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@fiftythreepercenter Protip: SARCASM.


You're unlikely to be chased down by the IRS over a relatively minor error from 25 years ago.  And, as DIA pointed out, I wouldn't have had to anyway, since that 'income' would have been forgiven anyway.


fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@Tuna Meowt @fiftythreepercenter The point is you had no idea until he told you and if it were last year you would have been screwed in an audit.  NOBODY has any chance of getting it right because of all the stupid rules and carve outs.  This is senseless and needs to stop.

Jimmyliscious
Jimmyliscious

@fiftythreepercenter The tax code needs to go and if you libs can't see that, well, there's just not much hope for you.

The libs file the 1040 e.z. and wait on the earned income tax credit. Why would they want reform?

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@fiftythreepercenter @Tuna Meowt  "The point is you had no idea until he told you and if it were last year you would have been screwed in an audit."


The point is that they don't go back that far.  Dismissed.


gotalife
gotalife

Spend baby spend on infrastructure like our President wants congress.


Pipelines are blowing up, bridges are collapsing and the blood of Americans are splattered all over you congress.

td1234
td1234

@gotalife You mean like those shovel ready projects in 2009? 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Paul42 @td1234 

Got some nice road construction and improvements up in Gwinnet - those seemed pretty shovel-ready.

Paul42
Paul42

@td1234

Yep.  That Dallas-Ft Worth connector is STILL employing a ton  of people and for a quarter-billion Fed contribution we're getting some really great highway expansions.

Too bad your state government wasn't more on the ball.

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@td1234 @gotalife ARRA paid for a nice new fire station right across the street from my rheumatologist's office on Cooper Lake Road in Cobb County.