Democrats’ Best Hope Is That Obamacare Simply Becomes Boring
Healthcare.gov might be working well and the Obama administration was able to hit their 7 million sign up goal on the exchanges, but that has had almost no impact on the law’s popularity. Support for the law continues to remain low and impressively stable, according to Gallup.
Currently, just 43 percent of Americans approve of the law while 54 percent disapprove. Overall support is basically the same or slightly worse than it was a year ago and there is little reason to believe there is going to be a big swing in the near future.
The one silver lining for Democrats is we could see a drop in how much people actually care about the law. The number of people who say the law will have no effect on their family’s health care situation is a a record high.
The Affordable Care Act was mainly just an expansion of our broken system. For better or worse it will have very little direct impact on the majority of Americans.
This means the law is probably never going to provide real benefits to most people which could potentially win them over. But it also means that it is quickly becoming clear that the implementation of “Obamacare” is going to noticeably affect most Americans. Some of the more bizarre horrors Republicans have made up aren’t happening.
The law is unlikely to become popular in the near term but there is a decent chance it could become boring and unimportant to many voters. During the 2014 election what “victory” on the ACA probably looks like for Democrats is that for voters the feelings on the law goes from feared to a detached dislike.