As the political battle heats up over how to save a popular -- but currently unsustainable -- entitlement program, new polling data from Rasmussen shows that Americans aren't especially keen on saving our new, broadly unpopular entitlement program:
Voters continue to favor repeal of the national health care law passed last year and believe the legislation will increase the federal deficit. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the law, while 39% are at least somewhat opposed. This includes 40% who Strongly Favor repeal and 26% who Strongly Oppose it.
Despite many attempts at "re-education" by the administration, it seems that the public is stubbornly clinging to the notion that Obamacare simply won't fulfull the lofty promises upon which its public relations push was premised:
Most voters (56%) believe the legislation will increase the federal deficit...Only 14% believe the law will reduce the deficit [Me: An oft-repeated Obama promise], while 19% say it will have no impact.
Very little has changed among voters when it comes to the law’s impact on the cost and quality of care. More than half (53%) still say the cost of health care will go up under the new plan, while just 15% expect costs to go down. Twenty-two percent (22%) believe health care costs will remain about the same.
One-in-five voters (20%) expects the quality of health care to get better under the new law, but 48% say quality will get worse. Another 23% say the quality of health care under the new plan will stay abut the same.
The Weekly Standard's Jeffrey Anderson calls this poll a "Triple Crown" of Obamacare fail, highlighting the depth and breadth of opposition:
Independents support repeal by a margin of 19 points (56 to 37 percent). Among both independents and likely voters as a whole, more people “strongly” support repeal than even “somewhat” oppose it. Only about one in three Americans (34 percent) thinks Obamacare would be “good for the country.” Both sexes, every age group, and every income group, supports repeal.
For a refresher on the myriad promises and assurances made by this president in the lead up to the unwelcome passage of his landmark "achievement," click HERE. One of them is particularly memorable: "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan." As Carol noted yesterday, sorry kids:
Once provisions of the Affordable Care Act start to kick in during 2014, at least three of every 10 employers will probably stop offering health coverage, a survey released Monday shows.
While only 7% of employees will be forced to switch to subsidized-exchange programs, at least 30% of companies say they will “definitely or probably” stop offering employer-sponsored coverage, according to the study published in McKinsey Quarterly.
The survey of 1,300 employers says those who are keenly aware of the health-reform measure probably are more likely to consider an alternative to employer-sponsored plans, with 50% to 60% in this group expected to make a change. It also found that for some, it makes more sense to switch.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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