Last Friday, the Kaiser Family Foundation released the results of its recent survey of what Americans believe about Obamacare. Apparently Americans have heeded then Speaker Pelosi’s advice…we have to pass the bill before you can see what is in it.
They did, and we did.
…only 34% of respondents have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, down from 41% in September. Notably, the decline was due to losing Democratic supporters, who dropped to 52% from 65% month to month. Meanwhile, 51% of the public is opposed to the vast new government health-care entitlement, up from a prior 2011 average of 45%. [emphasis in original]
And then there is this poll,
[t]he current Real Clear Politics average of all health polling puts opposition at 50.6% and support at 38.4%, down from a summer high of 41.5%.
From those numbers, I can only assume that the missing 11% are still plodding through the 2700 page bill, and thus haven’t yet formed an opinion.
But, here is perhaps the most revealing piece of the poll.
The most important question Kaiser asked was whether national health care would leave Americans better or worse off. Some 44% said worse off, a 10 percentage-point jump from September, while only 18% believed they would be better off. [emphasis supplied]
Thus, it is no surprise that,
Democrats have also been running away from it, as shown by their recent demand that members of Congress not be able to refer to ‘ObamaCare’ in their government-paid mail to constituants. [emphasis supplied]
There are some good things about Obamacare, such as coverage for those who have pre-existing conditions, (although, very few have taken advantage of this provision as most states already provided this coverage), but, under Obamacare, Americans now see that they will be worse off with Obamacare than without it.
Yes, Madam Speaker, we Americans can now see what is in the bill, and we don’t like it.