So the new AP poll shows that 2:1 Americans think the health care law didn’t go far enough (as opposed to too far). The support for GOP healthcare plan (no government interference or minimal) is between 20 and 25%. It seems the idea of health care reform and GOP obstruction should be a major issue for congressional dems.
The Following 2 paragraphs of text is from Associated Press Writers Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar And Jennifer Agiesta, Associated Press Writers – Sat Sep 25, 10:56 am ET
Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.
(A new AP) poll found that about four in 10 adults think the new law did not go far enough to change the health care system, regardless of whether they support the law, oppose it or remain neutral. On the other side, about one in five say they oppose the law because they think the federal government should not be involved in health care at all. . Only 25 percent in the poll said minimal tinkering would suffice for the health care system. Overall, 30 percent favored the legislation, while 40 percent opposed it, and another 30 percent remained neutral.
Obama has recently campaigned strong for congress on the basis of health reform legislation. But other democratic congressional candidates are running from the healthcare legislation, and the mainstream media from NPR to FOX is spreading the “conventional wisdom” that Dems can’t run on legislation that has 40% oppose and 30% favorable.
If you look at this AP poll though, around half of that “oppose” category don’t think the law went far enough. Clearly running from healthcare legislation plays into the hands of the gopers.
That significantly large number of neutrals and opposers who think that healthcare didn’t go far enough seem likely to be convinced to vote democratic. But rather than simply championing a bill that many feel inadequate, it needs to be framed as a significant step forward on a long road.
Obama is good at pointing out reform’s positives, but he might be better off honestly pointing out how the reform needs improvement and where we go from here.