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Shutdown Boosts Popularity of Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act is still not popular, but it is noticeably less unpopular than it was a month ago — and the government shutdown may be responsible for this.

Currently, 38 percent think the ACA is a good idea while 43 percent see it as a bad idea, according to the latest NBC/WSJ poll. While not great, this is a real improvement from last month when only 31 called the law a good idea and 44 called it a bad idea.

The news coverage on the first few days the exchanges were open was very negative.  It made the law look very complicated, and made the administration look incompetent. If the roll out had been the only major story this week I would have expected support to drop slightly in the short term, but instead it went up.

It would seem that Republicans have not only successfully taken the media spotlight off of the problematic rollout, but have made the whole to make the law look better by comparison. Since Republicans’ only plan to deal with the law is to completely cripple the government, allowing the law go into effect is starting to look not so bad to many.

This strategy has been a total disaster for Republicans. They destroyed their brand, they probably made the Affordable Care Act slightly more popular, and they are apparently about to fold having achieved almost nothing.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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