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Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

President Obama’s signature health care law continues to get less popular. Approval of the law has dropped to just 37 percent in the latest Gallup poll. From Gallup:

Trend: Americans' Views of the Affordable Care Act

Democrats assumed the law would get popular after it was signed — it did not. They thought it would become popular after they did a public campaign to sell i — it did not. They suspected it would become popular once the law actually went into effect and real people started benefiting —  it did not. They hoped that once Healthcare.gov it would start to gain support — it did not.

At some point Democrats need to accept the problem is not just their PR operation or messaging. The law is poorly designed and not what the President promised the public. In fact it was built on Obama breaking his biggest and most effective promises in the 2008 campaign, opposing an individual mandate and opposing a tax on employer provided insurance.

Democrats should stop reflexively defending the law and start talking about bold changes to make it significantly better. Just defending it is not working.

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Approval of Obamacare Hits a New Low

President Obama’s signature health care law continues to get less popular. Approval of the law has dropped to just 37 percent in the latest Gallup poll. From Gallup:

Trend: Americans' Views of the Affordable Care Act

Democrats assumed the law would get popular after it was signed — it did not. They thought it would become popular after they did a public campaign to sell i — it did not. They suspected it would become popular once the law actually went into effect and real people started benefiting —  it did not. They hoped that once Healthcare.gov it would start to gain support — it did not.

At some point Democrats need to accept the problem is not just their PR operation or messaging. The law is poorly designed and not what the President promised the public. In fact it was built on Obama breaking his biggest and most effective promises in the 2008 campaign, opposing an individual mandate and opposing a tax on employer provided insurance.

Democrats should stop reflexively defending the law and start talking about bold changes to make it significantly better. Just defending it is not working.

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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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