Support for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration’s signature health care law, has hit a record low. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation poll, only 34 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the new law, while 51 percent have an unfavorable view of the law.

The drop in overall support for the law was mainly driven by Democrats turning against it. The law lost 13 points of support from Democrats in the past month and now, amazingly, barely a majority of Democrats hold a favorable opinion of Obama’s biggest accomplishment. From the Kaiser poll:

While Democrats continue to be more likely to support the law compared with independents and Republicans, the uptick toward negative views this month was largely driven by a decline in enthusiasm among Democrats. For example, while about half (52 percent) of Democrats currently have a favorable view of the law, that share is down 13 percentage points from last month’s poll (65 percent).

I suspect the recent decision by the Obama administration to drop the CLASS provision didn’t help. Plus, the law is known as “Obamacare” and Obama’s current standing with the American people has also dropped, which likely pulled down support for his signature law also.

I still think by far the biggest problem for the law is that it hasn’t really done anything to help people yet. If some or all of the coverage expansion had kicked in already,, there would at least be a reason for people to re-examine their opinions about the law. Instead, we had the Democrats give the impression that they took care of the uninsured problem, and after two years there are more uninsured than when the law passed. The Democrats’ decision to delay the start of the coverage expansion until 2014 is by far one of the worst and totally avoidable mistakes ever made by a political party.

Support for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration’s signature health care law, has hit a record low. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation poll, only 34 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the new law, while 51 percent have an unfavorable view of the law.

The drop in overall support for the law was mainly driven by Democrats turning against it. The law lost 13 points of support from Democrats in the past month and now, amazingly, barely a majority of Democrats hold a favorable opinion of Obama’s biggest accomplishment. From the Kaiser poll:

While Democrats continue to be more likely to support the law compared with independents and Republicans, the uptick toward negative views this month was largely driven by a decline in enthusiasm among Democrats. For example, while about half (52 percent) of Democrats currently have a favorable view of the law, that share is down 13 percentage points from last month’s poll (65 percent).

I suspect the recent decision by the Obama administration to drop the CLASS provision didn’t help. Plus, the law is known as “Obamacare” and Obama’s current standing with the American people has also dropped, which likely pulled down support for his signature law also.

I still think by far the biggest problem for the law is that it hasn’t really done anything to help people yet. If some or all of the coverage expansion had kicked in already,, there would at least be a reason for people to re-examine their opinions about the law. Instead, we had the Democrats give the impression they took care of the uninsured problem, and after two years there are more uninsured than when the law passed. The Democrats’ decision to delay the start of the coverage expansion until 2014 is by far one of the worst and totally avoidable mistakes ever made by a political party.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com