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The latest Kaiser Family Foundation health tracking poll finds the lowest support for repeal of the Affordable Care Act ever. In this poll, conducted right after the election, KFF found support for repeal at an all time low.

Chart showing erosion of support for repeal of the Affordable Care Act since January, 2011.

That doesn't mean that America is suddenly in love with Obamacare, though. The support/oppose numbers remain in the range they've been in since the law was passed, with a slight tick up in support: 43 percent view the law favorably and 39 percent view it unfavorably. It's now up to 49 percent of the public who either support expanding the law or keeping it as.

Also of note in the poll, large percentages of respondents "named a variety of health issues as a major factor in their vote, including: the future of the Medicare program (70 percent), the ACA (69 percent), the future of Medicaid (61 percent), and the candidates’ views on women’s health issues (57 percent)." President Obama won those voters who listed health issues as a key factor in their vote 55 percent to 41 percent.

The fight is basically over, now that the Supreme Court and the American people have spoken. Now the question will be if Republican governors decide to give it up and start helping their residents.

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  •  gee, i guess this means mike hucksterbee's ads (11+ / 0-)

    urging everyone to sign the petition to repeal obamacare were a bust then, huh.  :)

  •  In other wingnut news.... (4+ / 0-)

    Search for Bigfoot continues despite overwhelming lack of evidence.

    We KNOW that the government is hiding Bigfoot in Area 51, with Obama's Kenyan birth certificate.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:04:27 AM PST

  •  this just proves (4+ / 0-)

    how effective negative campaigning is relative to positive messaging on an issue, the people react to negative more often and obamacare helps confirm that, when the voters claim they hate negative ads they are being disingenuous.

    •  or disproves, in this case (1+ / 0-)
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      sethtriggs

      the positives of ObamaCare are overwhelmingly positive as it phases in, for example, the pre-existing conditions label is now illegal.

      The point, however, is well taken, negative ads may have to do with remembering pain, brain function of amygdala. In this case, the pain inflicted prior to ObamaCare is such one doesn't want to be reminded, or go back to it -- people were not fooled.

      "O you can't scare me, I'm sticking to the union" - Woody Guthrie from Union Maid

      by dkosdan on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:27:52 AM PST

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    •  I think it shows that Obamacare seems to have (1+ / 0-)
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      dkosdan

      heavily benefited from a great deal of public discussion--as took place during this campaign.  I.e. perhaps the decision by the White House to avoid giving a concerted public defense of the program for so long wasn't the greatest idea...

  •  I doubt that any state will reject it (2+ / 0-)
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    Neosho, sethtriggs

    Most are just standing on pomp and circumstance at this point. Even the ones who were so certain that it would be repealed are scrambling at the last minute, behind closed doors obviously, to try and get something together before the deadline or working with federal officials to make the federally run exchange smoother.

    And don't for a second doubt that they won't accept the medicaid expansions in all but the craziest states. Its more or less block grant style free cash.

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:07:36 AM PST

  •  I'm relieved. (4+ / 0-)

    I'd thought this social development had been overdue since before Hillary was working on it. I really don't understand the opposition to it.

    The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.

    by Pacifist on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:07:59 AM PST

  •  Watch the "Don't Know" line. (6+ / 0-)

    Looks like half the drop in "repeal" comes from people admitting they don't know wtf they're talking about.

    Nah. That can't be. This is America.

    Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

    by Crashing Vor on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:10:22 AM PST

  •  In Ohio at least (2+ / 0-)
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    idbecrazyif, sethtriggs

    ...it looks like Gov. Kasich won't be going the way of Rick Scott:

    Ohio Will Let U.S. Run Obamacare Exchange

    •  Indiana has been fence sitting (0+ / 0-)

      We've actually had a sorta kinda exchange for years along with a state run through medicaid program for purchase for kids for years, so we're arguing with the federal government about using this existing system and plugging in the federal dollars if possible for expansion of it.

      The problem is though, that the expansion was targeted for single people for which our current program is targeted for families.

      So there is obvious head butting going on.

      --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

      by idbecrazyif on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:32:09 AM PST

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  •  It's amazing to me that (4+ / 0-)
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    MPociask, We Won, tinfoilhat, sethtriggs

    many, many people STILL don't really know much of anything about the health care law. As a health care provider, I'm constantly throwing in plugs for the health care law and how it benefits them now and, especially, in the future. Patients will look at me like "really?"

    •  You've got to blame (4+ / 0-)

      Either the administration for not selling it, or the media for messing up the message.  I'm inclined to think the President could have done a better job selling, but even so, the media has been absolutely terrible on the issue.

      For years, the media has uncritically regurgitated every single time some right wing nut job has talked about "ramming down our throats" and "government takeover of the health industry" and every other single piece of BS.  The media has been an accomplice in making Americans more ignorant about the issue.  I long for the day when you see something like this in a newspaper article:

      At a tea party rally today, several speakers complained about "Obamacare," which they stated was rammed down their throats.  In reality, passage of the health care law was a long drawn out process, which went through Congress in the exact same way the George W. Bush tax cuts were passed.  Other speakers stated that the the President had ignored the economy to reform healthcare, apparently unaware that the health care law was not debated until after the long fight over the stimulus, which put in place two years of economic stimulus based upon government investments and tax cuts.  They also ignorantly claimed Republicans had been blocked from the process, even though the plan was modeled on the insurance regulation put in place by Republican governor Mitt Romney, who took his plan from the conservative Heritage Foundation.
      Geez.  That reminds me of a scare story I read yesterday, talking about the OMG fiscal cliff, every American will FEEL PAIN with the payroll tax cut expiring.  Well, I thought - no one seemed to notice when the tax cut took place.  Most Republicans seemed to think Obama had raised taxes.  What's the evidence they'll notice it going away?  
      •  i agree, however, (0+ / 0-)

        people who make 200 dollars a week before taxes, will appreciate that extra money, and believe me they will notice.  that being said i think that any cut in the payroll tax should have been balanced by raising the limit on income subject to the tax, or in a better scenario, have a gap from maybe 110 thousand to 500 thousand and then reapply the payroll tax to those making above 500 thousand.  oh, like r
        Romney i kind of just made up the numbers.

        ...sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without a passport,whereas Virtue, if a pauper is stopped at all frontiers. from The Sermon, Moby Dick

        by jts327 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:16:29 AM PST

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    •  interesting...have any links to good talking (1+ / 0-)
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      the oklahoma kid

      points?  i've got a righty friend...not too nutty...and i need ammo to refute his obviously whack understanding of the law and what it 'will cost health care providers'.

      "Okay, fine...fer sure, fer sure"

      by tinfoilhat on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:46:48 AM PST

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  •  I've never thought (4+ / 0-)

    That people who think the law isn't liberal enough should be combined with people who oppose the law altogether.  It creates a rather contrived statistic that doesn't accurately reflect the actual mood of the country towards the law.

    Simply put, over half of people have supported some form of government expansion into healthcare (to the extent the ACA counts as that) for as long as they've been polling it. Yet a substantial number of those people (including myself) get unfairly lumped in with the "let 'em die" crowd.  That's just not right.

  •  THIS IS IMPORTANT! (0+ / 0-)

    "The president was elected on the basis that he was not Romney and that Romney was a poopy-head and you should vote against Romney" -Grover Norquist

    by Wolfox on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:18:20 AM PST

  •  junky (1+ / 0-)
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    Neosho

    I'm sort of a political junky--yet I don't know everything about the health care law--I know it increases coverage to many millions and it doesn't allow insurers to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions.  That's enough for me--my son has Crohn's Disease and this law guarantees him coverage.  There are so many other Americans with similar ailments--probably more than one per extended family--to erase this law would be insane.

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:20:09 AM PST

    •  Funny story (2+ / 0-)
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      melvynny, sethtriggs

      I'm from Massachusetts originally and was there on vacation recently. In offhand conversations with Baystaters over that time the term "Mass health" would come up, as in "so-and-so is down on his luck but at least he's on Mass Health."  

      They don't call it Romneycare or anything political at all, it's just Mass Health, and it's a Good Thing.

      This insanity will pass.

  •  another trophy on the talk radio wall of shame (2+ / 0-)
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    bekosiluvu, Rube Goldberg

    we'd be doing single payer by now

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:22:38 AM PST

  •  Am I in love with Obamacare, or.... (3+ / 0-)
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    idbecrazyif, Neosho, sethtriggs

    is it just infatuation? Doesn't matter. Either way I'm finally getting affordable health insurance and keeping my business. For details, cool recordings, and poetry by teenagers, please see my diary of the other day:

    Now maybe I will have some time and energy for expanding access to all, working for universal health care, instead of working 70 hours a week to pay for medical expenses. Yippee.

    To keep our faces turned toward change, and behave as free spirits in the presence of fate--that is strength undefeatable. (Helen Keller)

    by kareylou on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:26:15 AM PST

  •  Once people learn more about benefits they'll (1+ / 0-)
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    Neosho

    be aboard for the ACA.

  •  not that it ultimately matters any more (0+ / 0-)

    but this poll is absurd.

    In the election exit polls - much more accurate than this poll, 49% wanted Obamacare repealed and 44% did not. And that's with the electorate that elected Obama. So these Kaiser numbers are just way off.

  •  I dunno. I want Michele Bachmann out there to (0+ / 0-)

    make one more push.

    "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

    by Wildthumb on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:30:21 AM PST

  •  The law still sucks, but the situation without it (1+ / 0-)
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    bekosiluvu

    (which is mostly what we have for the next year) sucks worse.

    Two of the stupidest things Republicans did (and there is such a fine list from which to draw) was to stick their heads in the sand about the state of American health care and allow this turkey to pass. The second was to talk repeal, repeal, repeal, instead of fix, fix, fix.

    BTW -- did you see the recent Bobby Jindal quote -- that the GOP has got to stop being the party of stupid?

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:34:17 AM PST

  •  Obamacare is just a starter house... (2+ / 0-)
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    MKDAWUSS, mbradshawlong

    ...a fixer-upper.
    Gotta get rid of the termites (the insurance companies), the dry-rot (lack of clinical standards), and the leaky, leaky plumbing (waste, fraud, abuse). The wiring/electrical system sucks, too. (Hand-written medical records in the doctor's office, no communication with the hospital or pharmacy, etc., etc.)

    Conservatives are shrieking that ACA/Obamacare is leading to single-payer and the elimination of insurance companies.

    Let's help them be right. They deserve to "win" one.

    Health Care for All. Single Payer. Improved Medicare for All Americans.

    Especially Oregonians.

    "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

    by CitizenJoe on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:50:05 AM PST

    •  My thing is, when do we get to fight that fight? (0+ / 0-)

      I don't exactly want to stick with Obamacare in its current state for too long.

      •  We get to fight that fight today. (0+ / 0-)

        And yesterday, and tomorrow. Click the PNHP and HCAO links above. Join organizing and education efforts. It's easier in Oregon, California, Vermont, and blue states, but it's possible anywhere. And necessary everywhere in the U.S.  
        Good luck, and have fun. You will meet a lot of good people.
        Joe

        "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

        by CitizenJoe on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 06:15:36 AM PST

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  •  I Still Want It Replaced (1+ / 0-)
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    MKDAWUSS

    It's hard to believe Democrats supported this Republican legislation, which is destined to be replaced by a workable solution at some point. Anyone that can do math knows you can't take a system that scoops up over 17% of GDP and then add another 30 million people at commercial rates to bring down the costs.

    Eventually this will be replaced with a publicly-funded system. Money dictates that. It's only a question of time.

  •  Give it until the midterms (0+ / 0-)

    and repeal attempts will officially be dead. My prediction anyway.

  •  What is it, exactly, that people object to in the (0+ / 0-)

    ACA?  I don't mean politicians, but regular people like in these polls.  Right or wrong, I'm genuinely curious what it is exactly that people don't want.  Are they really able to articulate anything?  Or do they simply say "repeal!" because Faux News tells them to and they have no idea why they're saying "repeal!".

    Just curious.

    •  Because it's a permanent public-sector expansion (1+ / 0-)
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      sethtriggs

      ...in the eyes of conservatives, notwithstanding the fact that it's implemented in substantial part through expansion of commercial private health insurance coverage.  It's seen as a fundamental expansion of the foundations of the New Deal/Great Society, at a time when conservatives firmly believed they had successfully created an achievable window of opportunity to begin effective dismantling of the entire structure.  They knew that if they ever permitted the ACA to become successfully established, that represented the practical end of their dreams to fundamentally restructure government and society back to a purportedly ideal pre-New Deal status.

      It has nothing to do with the practical benefits to people of universal (or at least vastly expanded) health-care, and everything to do with their idealized free-market small-government fantasies, which somehow produce optimal solutions through invisible hands or something.

  •  What gets me is that "don't know" increased! (0+ / 0-)

    Did people have an opinion until something pushed them into ambivalence? Or did they just stop giving a crap?

  •  Obama won the debate on Obamacare (0+ / 0-)

    Support for the legislation seemed to steadily tick upward throughout the election cycle.  The supreme court decision gave Obama an opportunity to explain some of the tangible benefits of the legislation and it connected with a lot of voters and softened up the critics.  One of the beneficial outcomes of the campaign is that people are less spooked about Obamacare and we can see that GOP governors are now scrambling to get the exchanges together.  

    In the IT world, Obamacare is the biggest driver of business opportunities.  Many large IT companies are lining up to set up the exchanges, help comply with the medical records provisions, change hospital portfolios to provide a broader range of services instead of specialty only services.  It's a big area of growth and innovation.  I'm most excited to see how the legislation is implemented over the next 4 years.

    Alternative rock with something to say: http://www.myspace.com/globalshakedown

    by khyber900 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:03:24 AM PST

  •  old timer friend's doctor told him he better (0+ / 0-)

    get both shoulder replacements NOW before Obamacare kicks in, because after that he will have to get his surgery approved by 'the panel'.
    Old timer is a Rushbo fan so he swallowed it hook line and sinker.
    so should we not only expect a raft of gunsales but a rash of panic driven hip ,knee and shoulder replacements?
    pathetic

  •  I think (0+ / 0-)

    The Republicans are regretting calling it "Obamacare" now: as it becomes increasingly popular, it will for ever be associated with Obama. And guess which party will benefit, even if the Republicans decide to support it eventually.

    In the short term, it was a great political idea, but it depended on getting a Republican President and Congress to repeal it. Not so much a good idea now...

    Ironically, you may be feeling your way to universal health care as we in the UK are having our universal healthcare system destroyed by the Tories (with apparently willing support of the Liberal Democrats). We are fighting to save the NHS, but it may be too late...I hope we have the support of progressives in the US.

    Children of the revolution sold out by the banks Who swap the green upon the dollars for the green upon the tanks - Kirsty MacColl, "Children of the Revolution"

    by ukobserver on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:23:52 AM PST

  •  the title is wrong (0+ / 0-)

    according to the chart, it was not "after election" but over the 5 months or so preceding the election when opposition fell.

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