Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Poll: Little Support For Health Care Repeal

Posted By on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 8:35 AM

Pith should probably preface the above headline by saying, "Little Support Exists For Repealing All Provisions of Health Care Reform." This is an altogether different, more nuanced question and, thankfully, the New York Times went the extra step in this CBS/NYT poll.

According to the poll, 40 percent are in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act. But 48 percent like it just fine in its current state. This is a very black-and-white way to look at a very complex piece of legislation. The GOP did a masterful job in 2010 at selling the big lie — that a health-care system still completely reliant on private insurers under ACA is a "government takeover" (see: PolitiFact's Lie of the Year). Meanwhile, Republicans have been proclaiming to anyone who will listen that we hate this bill and that it was, with a super-majority, no less, rammed down our throats like the proverbial ... ramrod?

Even in black-and-white terms, this poll doesn't bear that out.

But when pollsters got beyond talking points and political monochrome, they found a much more varied picture of our attitude toward reform. When respondents were asked if they were in favor of a full repeal or just certain parts, those in favor of full repeal fell to 20 percent. And when they got down to the nitty-gritty, the piece-by-piece, only 8 percent said they hated everything about health-care reform. Only 11 percent said they would like to see the individual mandate repealed. No other provision of reform was opposed by more than 1 percent of the respondents.

Should "government takover's" reign as 2010's big lie succumb to this apparent falsehood: That we overwhelming hate ACA? It's hard to figure the prevailing attitude in a place like Tennessee, but Blackburn, Fincher, DesJarlais and Black (among others) seem to think they have a mandate for repeal, even if that mandate doesn't extend beyond the U.S. House of Representatives.

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