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Enough already with talking about Obamacare, 53 percent of America (and 47 percent of Republicans!) says. Keep it, fix it and move on to other things, says 60 percent. That's according to the Kaiser Family Foundation poll for March.

The poll shows the highest support KFF has yet found for the law, which still isn't a lot but has been trending consistently upwards:

In March, 46 percent say they have an unfavorable view of the law (down 4 percentage points since January), while 38 percent say they have a favorable view (up 4 percentage points since January). The gap between unfavorable and favorable views is now eight percentage points, down from a recent high of 16 points in November and January.
Despite it's overall underwater approval, however, the public is really, really ready to accept the law (10 percent) and wants Congress to work on fixing it (49 percent). The public, that is, except for the 29 percent that Republicans are playing for.  
KFF poll results chart showing more of the public would like to see Congress keep the law in place and work to improve it (49 percent) or keep it as is (10 percent) rather than repeal it and replace it with a Republican-sponsored alternative (11 percent) or repeal it outright (18 percent).
Always problematic, though, is the percentage of uninsured people who aren't aware of the March 31 deadline to sign up (about 60 percent). Additionally, 50 percent say they aren't going to sign up, but the same rough percentage says that they aren't aware of Medicaid expansion and more than 40 percent aren't aware that there's financial assistance for low- and moderate-income people in the form of subsidies. The persistent lack of knowledge and understanding about the law among the uninsured shows just what an uphill battle the administration has had in getting the word out. If Democrats play their election cards right, and campaign on the positives of Obamacare, the election might be able to assist in getting the word out before enrollment opens again at the end of the year, and some of these folks might be captured then.

Here's another nugget for Democrats to chew on in this election year: 74 percent of all respondents support the Medicaid expansion in the law, including 69 percent of independents, and 64 percent of Republicans. Medicaid expansion is a salient issue in the red states this cycle. Democrats need to use it.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 09:07 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (44+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 09:07:29 AM PDT

  •  Oh, well, boys. Back to Benghazi. (17+ / 0-)

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 09:11:09 AM PDT

  •  What "Republican sponsored alternative"? (11+ / 0-)

    Since that chimera has eluded observation, one wonders what those poll respondents are on about.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 09:26:13 AM PDT

  •  The problem is the 58% of GOP (5+ / 0-)

    58% of republicans, and I'd guess a much larger percentage of republican primary voters, want the law repealed.  That's a lot of people, especially in red states.  Therefore, it's still a good play for the GOP to run against Obamacare in red states.

    Everywhere else, especially after they get nominated, it looks like they'd best shut up about it.

    It's all irrelevant, though.  The GOP is holding the House, regardless of what they or the Dems campaign on.  That horse has left the barn.  This Senate will be decided by what typical midterm primary voters think about the economy, Obama, and the general direction of the country, somewhere around Labor Day.

    It's not going to be about Obamacare.  It's going to be about Obama, especially in red states.  

  •  I'm still waiting (4+ / 0-)

    For more clear Public Service announcements on TV about dead line and subsidies.

    I can't bring to mind any other major reform without a big campaign. Bush's  Medicare part B had a million more adds

  •  Oh, and citing policy/popularity polls... (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, maryabein

    is the worst way to win any election.  If it were effective, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton would both have been one-termers.

  •  Obama was Naive (3+ / 0-)

    to think that people aren't stupid.

    When he said" If you like your plan, you can keep it"...
    he should have added:

    But if your plan is a complete rip-off, you will be forced to get real health insurance.

    Now the repubs are spouting off about "The LIE"...

    Religion is considered by the common people as true, by the wise as false and by rulers as useful.

    by librarianman on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 10:02:12 AM PDT

  •  Teabaggers still very upset (1+ / 0-)
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    Risen Tree

    they might have to sit next to a working-class person at the Doctor's office.

    Fuck them!

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 10:02:18 AM PDT

  •  It looks like the Republicans have a big problem. (11+ / 0-)

    31% of the Republicans want to outright repeal Obama Care, BUT
    31% of the Republicans want to keep it!

    That 27% in the middle that want to replace it with a Republican alternative don't have a clue what they're talking about.   What Republican alternative?

    It looks like the Republicans have a big problem; their base is warming up to Obama Care.  

  •  I still haven't heard a realistic (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    a2nite, jbsoul

    assessment about how pharma is going to be affected. I got slammed by having to change meds, and I think a diary on the pharmaceutical end of this would help people like me.

    •  I've had the same insurance for 12 years now, (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      peregrine kate

      through my employer. Every year, they approve a new formulary for medications. Nearly every year, a medication I am on is taken off formulary and replaced with a different medication. There have been years when one of my meds was taken off formulary - only to be put back on the following year and the replacement med then taken off. It has nothing to do with a medical decision - it has everything to do with which pharmaceutical will offer the greatest discount to the plan. Most of the time, from a medical point of view, this hasn't been a problem - on a few occasions it has been - but, tough luck on me. In other words, it's not an ACA thing - this is standard health insurance MO and won't be resolved until we finally get single-payer (perhaps).

      our teachers' union - the first, and often only, line of defense for your children's education

      by FeldMP on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 06:13:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Does anyone seriously believe this? (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr MadAsHell, Sherri in TX
    If Democrats play their election cards right, and campaign on the positives of Obamacare ...
    I'll take any evidence at all that 4 years into the ACA---4 years!---Democrats are finally taking ownership of the law. But the truth is there's very little of that, certainly not generally/nationally. Frankly, Dems are scared of GOPer-dominated media haterism and won't get out and take the risk.

    Textbooks will be written by how the Democratic party---and Obama---failed to understand the political significance of this piece of legislation. We could be wiping the floor with the GOP if Democrats had had even the slightest bit of long-term thinking a couple of years ago and owned the outcomes of the ACA. Maybe four years ago, lacking courage might have made some sense. I can't for the life of me imagine how any elected Dems still think that in 2014.

    •  Dems pushing for a public option (5+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, whl, jbsoul, Risen Tree, hamjudo

      in state plans are doing well.

      Watch Vermont for the first experiment that will cut cost of coverage for consumers. Will likely spread like wildfire to other states as fast as gay marriage.

      ACA private plans = 20% profit guarantee
      State public option = 4-6% overhead = much cheaper plans.

      "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

      by greendem on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 10:10:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  ACA (0+ / 0-)

      chrississippi, I couldn't agree with you more.  Everything about how Obama and Dems handled the intro of this monumental piece of legislation was detrimental.  As a result, Dems not only have lost any chance of regaining the House majority, but are likely to lose the Senate as well.  If folks think nothing is moving in Congress now -- just wait until Repubs get full control in the November.  You are absolutely right that common sense and long-term thinking, planning and presentation on the part of Dems re the ACA would have enabled them to wipe the floor with the Repubs!  And I, too, am stunned that even now there aren't enough Dems with backbone to advocate for the ACA.

  •  We need to stop implying it's broken (5+ / 0-)

    Dems need to unite is expressing that although there was a problem with the roll out, it was not too long ago that if you wanted some, or better, health care with the government's help, you'd need top spend a whole day at a Department of Social Services office. Just because we had trouble walking it to each person's computer and making it effortless does not imply it's "broken". It's fixed and working and dependable. There' lots of real evidence for that. Don't cosign the rights negativity. It is what it was meant to be. Try to persuade for some credit rather than co-sign the BS.

    "Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" W.B. Yeats

    by RareBird0 on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 10:07:47 AM PDT

  •  How do you fix something (1+ / 0-)
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    AlexDrew

    if you have to shut up about it?  How the hell are you ever going to know what's wrong, or that there is anything wrong, in the first place?  STFU as a policy of "inclusion" has its shortcomings, though I don't expect any members of the political classes to grasp this.

    Pay no attention to the upward redistribution of wealth!

    by ActivistGuy on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 10:12:54 AM PDT

    •  Actually, one of the biggest problems with the (0+ / 0-)

      STFU meme, is that most people read it as 100% across the board, even when it's clearly stated that no one is telling anyone to shut up entirely.

      In this case, Shut Up means the GOP needs to snap their trap on two important key points.

      1. Stop saying it's an affront to democracy and it should be repealed - as the stupid R's continue to try and do.

      2. Stop saying that everyone hates it, and that it's costing everyone more money, when both things are false.

      The point is, until they shut up about their false assertions and partisan attempts to shut ACA down, no one is going to fix the things that are wrong with ACA - because they're too busy trying to throw the ocean out with the bathwater.

  •  With a Congress whose work ethic (0+ / 0-)

    stinks; they will be on the job for only 112 days this year, the word "fix," means too much work.

    Many of these Repugs love to talk about the "lazy" unemployed who'd rather eat gourmet on food stamps, and lounge about on unemployment, but don't think of themselves as:

    Taking a salary from the American public and not doing the people's work.  Instead many of them have spent the last five years in office in a concerted effort to make this president's every proposal for the good of the country and for its people either not to be voted on, or dumped in the trash.

    Why?  Because they don't care about what is good for their country, they are only working for the Roves, Kochs, and the fringe to skew the next election. It's getting more of the same obstructionists into public office and that's all.

  •  53% Positive in an Opinion Poll will win you (2+ / 0-)
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    Risen Tree, Sherri in TX

    a national election for President.

    Unless, of course, Fox proves that the polling is skewed.

    We're all just working for Pharoah.

    by whl on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 10:17:26 AM PDT

  •  On fixes (1+ / 0-)
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    AlexDrew

    If the public doesn't want repeal but thinks the law needs to be improved, why won't Dems acknowledge this and offer progressive ways to improve upon the bill? That would include a public option, a Medicare buy-in, more price/rate controls, fixes to address the subsidy cliff, etc. Those won't pass, but you can at least campaign on them as serious policy measures that have future potential.

  •  And still not mentioned in the polling (2+ / 0-)
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    katesmom, Sherri in TX

    is that some percentage of those who view the ACA unfavorably feel that way because they feel it does not go far enough, and want single payer.

  •  the persistent lack of knowledge and understanding (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sherri in TX

    is a result of a never ending barrage of bullshit and misinformation which has been pumping out since even mere discussion of the law began. The corproate media won't clarify any of it. You could lay the whole thing out in probably 10 bullet points and make it easy to understand, if the media wasn't so committed to simply providing the corporate approved narrative and/or conservative talking points and frames with no regard for the truth. You could sum it up by saying "it imposes a handful of new regulations on the health insurance industry, and provides subsidies to people to help them afford insurance, with the goal of insuring everyone."

    when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

    by bunsk on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 11:03:44 AM PDT

  •  Anyone with any Millennial contacts? (0+ / 0-)

    Please consider posting the following announcement or anything you feel comfortable with on any pages/sites/blogs etc. that cater to this very vital demographic.  I have also been working with Amy Lynn Smith, a valued member of Eclectablog's team, and someone who has a great story about her ACA experience.  She has reached out to a contact at our time and is waiting to hear back.  This is my post and my contact list is below.

    "Get signed up for Healthcare by March 31st. This"young invincible" ran up 5,000 in bills just from simple emergency room visits. Don't let that happen to you...go to healthcare.gov asap. http://www.eclectablog.com/... "

    Thanks for whatever you can do as well as any suggestions/best/sh

    My contact list so far:

    mehenderson via forbes suggestion, doesn't use FB, sent an email
    Everygirl fB message (got via Forbes list)
    emailed 20sB
    tried to join policymic on FB, still a problem, so emailed them
    kicker posted on fb
    slate explained posted on fb
    Ryot posted on fb
    emailed take part (looks like they may run it)
    sent request via contact form to News to Live By

  •  a better infographic (0+ / 0-)

    That's a great infographic.  it would be even better if it were scaled to show absolute numbers (how do 4% of democrats compare to 31% of republicans?).

  •  Keep it and fix it is a horrible message (2+ / 0-)
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    Risen Tree, Sherri in TX

    Keep it and IMPROVE it.  Fix it tacitly implies Obamacare is broken. It's not. It's not as good as it could have been if Lieberman hadn't been in Congress..

    Improve it, don't "fix" what's not broken.

    "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but us can free our minds." - Bob Marley

    by nightsweat on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 12:23:48 PM PDT

  •  The Democrats need to say the following, over and (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sherri in TX

    over and over, to the Republicans:

    "If you don't like Obamacare, then stop complaining about it and start offering a replacement that is better. WITH SPECIFICS."

    The goal is not to win the argument outright--that's impossible. The goal is to put the GOP on the defensive, just as we did with LGBT and women's issues last election cycle.

  •  Obama Care is not Broken (2+ / 0-)
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    Sherri in TX, wilywascal

    Would it not be better to say that we want to "strengthen" Obamacare rather than fix it? This "fix it" narrative is piggy backing on the Republican's claims that the ACA is broken and needs to be repealed or replaced.

       

  •  I'm shocked to see the repeal/no replace numbers (0+ / 0-)

    I can't believe up to 30% (GOP) and even 23% of Independents think the old system was just dandy. That statistic shows you how many of us are insulated from the real world by employer-based plans. Pre-ACA, the minute you came out of that protective bubble, whether intentionally or unintentionally (layoff), you were a lot more vulnerable and a lot less insurable.  The list of pre-existing conditions was longer than most people think and, in spite of all the kerfuffle now about cancelled plans, that happened all the time to people, sometimes while they were in the middle of treatment!

    Many employers don't really want to be offering health insurance and would gladly get rid of that benefit. Aiding that decision is the GOP proposal to take away their tax break for doing that. When that happens, a lot more people will be dumped into the individual market, and then we'll see how much the "repeal don't replace" crowd likes the good-old Pre-ACA days.

  •  Yea, sure... (0+ / 0-)

    There is a "republican alternative"?  No there isn't.

  •  "I GOT MINE, SO F**K YOU!!!" (0+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately, this is what most of the anti-Obamacare people are saying. Mostly Republicans and wealthy folks who haven't got a worry in the world...they have their own Cadillac health-care plans and down give a flying frick about anyone who might not be as fortunate as they are.
    I'd like to see these self-centered SOB's without THEIR health care insurance! They'd be whining and crying to beat the band.
    These dirtbags ought to be ashamed....SINCERELY ASHAMED.....for wanting to throw poor people under the bus even though they have their bread buttered on both sides.
    God, I hate rich arrogant people! The hatefulness, arrogance and greed just oozes out of them like pus from a gangrenous wound. And since most of them are Republicans, I can safely say that I hate Republicans with a passion!

  •  no brainer (0+ / 0-)

    The ACA is not perfect, it I not the end, but the beginning of changes that are long overdue to a broken system. Personally, I would have preferred Medicare for all, with a private option for those who believe for profit big corporations are going to care more about their health than a no profit healthcare administrating administration.
    Anyone who has had surgery, been ill, or had a loved one dealing with an illness or surgical issue, then they are lying if they tell anyone that our system works great. Costs are insane, and if those profits are not going to the doctors as they claim, then big business is simply price gouging and screwing everyone in the process.
    My wife just had an outpatient surgery, four hours in the hospital before driving home, and the cost is over 200,000 dollars. Anyone who says that is justifiable is an absolute moron. Our system has been and continues to be broken, we need to take the ACA and build on it, fixing areas that need fixing, or better yet, go universal with the private option.

    •  Two plus five zeros? For an outpatient (0+ / 0-)

      procedure? That doesn't make any sense to me, even with prices run amok.
      I've been an advanced cancer patient for three years, and many of my treatments (including major surgery and a hospital stay) have been very expensive. But nowhere near that amount for any one day.
      I'd encourage you to get a very detailed itemized bill, if you're not already planning to do so.

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      by peregrine kate on Thu Mar 27, 2014 at 06:29:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  speaking of healthcare (0+ / 0-)

    As we have this discussion, our veterans are suffering with the VA system, one that is admittedly overwhelmed and "buried in paperwork". Many veterans are waiting 6-9 months for their claims, and subsequently, they are not getting timely care. Our veterans deserve better; I started this petition, sign and share it if you agree, we can help them if we come together.
    Subject: Demand better and more timely care for our veterans.

    Hi,

    I created a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama which says:

    "The United States sends our veterans to war, and when our veterans return home with mental health issues, such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), the government fails miserably in providing adequate and timely health services and compensation. From Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan,  our veterans deserve better.  Whatever resources are needed to streamline treatment, claims processing, and counseling, we need to demand that Congress provide emergency priority funding, giving our best to those who gave their best for us. "

    Will you sign this petition? Click here:

    http://petitions.moveon.org/...

    Thanks!

  •  Exception to the Rule. (0+ / 0-)

    As a supporter of the Heritage / Romney conceived and Obama implemented ACA  (because indeed, 'no one should go bankrupt due accident or illness) but also as one who would prefer a 'single-payer' system, I would like to point out that there are situations in which buying insurance under this law doesn't make economic sense.

    My wife and I have been retired for well over a decade and have been without insurance all that time (forced-retirement in pursuit of corporate profits being the subject for another post). 'Early' Social Security is our primary - almost our sole - income and in a normal year, we are near enough the 'poverty line' to pay no Federal income tax at all.

    When I looked into buying insurance in January I was encouraged - our low income meant we qualified for a substantial subsidy and we were looking forward to getting covered. So why didn't we end up with insurance? Two reasons...

    1) we are both 64 and will qualify for Medicare in just a few months and 2) my wife's car developed intermittent transmission problems which logically meant a 'one-time' dip into savings to replace it. The $17k taken from our IRA wiped out most, if not all, of the subsidies and paying on the order of $1400/mo when we've gone 13 years thus far without insurance just didn't make sense.

    We support the ACA and wish we could have been one of its success stories but in the end, we've decided to keep our fingers crossed a few more months and pay the $95 fine.

  •  Piss off a Republican (0+ / 0-)

    I try everyday...

  •  Tennessee needs a change (0+ / 0-)

    Governor refuses to accept Medicaid expansion and 160,000 people lack health care because of it.

  •  The main thing seriously wrong with Obamacare. . . (0+ / 0-)

    . . . is the broken record of lies the Republicans are using.

    I admit the program has bugs, but it is working. The Republicans have in no way tried to make life better for Joe Six-Pack. Mr. and Ms. Six-Pack are glad when they get their ACA insurance.

    This is what we will have to run starting in September:

    "Do you want to keep your Obamacare? If you do, vote for the Democrats on the ballot. We care about you."

    Then we can appeal to Veterans by pointing out that the Republicans cut their health care and the benefits they were promised when the joined the military. It could be interesting. Think of all the Veterans and people now on the ACA. They vote too.

  •  In Tx. the Pres. gets blamed for no medicaid (0+ / 0-)

    expansion.

    I've heard several people who would need but are denied subsidies blaming the president for their plight.

    One is my neighbor across the street.

    When she started talking about how difficult and expensive it was to take her kids to the Dr., she blamed Obamacare.

    Of course I corrected her, and she didn't argue.

    What was sad though was the look on her face told me that was the first time she had heard the reason why she was not getting the help other people in states that are participating was because the Govr Perry refused the help.

    YES and hard as that is to believe, people here believe the President is getting the blame by the people most affected by the cruel and calculated decision by the state Government led by Queen Perry to not participate in the Medicaid expansion.

    They blame him instead of the Republicans responsible, because they are told little else by the local media.

    Instead of explanations as to why people are getting excluded our local paper here is replete with the make believe examples of Obamacare making people lose their insurance and bullshit like that.

    Such lies are then buttressed by a lot of teahadist comments that add fuel to the fire regarding Obamacare and how it's going to destroy the nation.

    The lies come so fast and thick that to break through with it requires a concerted effort to get the truth out, but from where I sit there is no effort per se.

    People who do find out the real story do so in the way I described by talking to someone who knows who informs them or while in the process of checking insurance in general.

    One reason the Republicans in Texas are so cocky is the media is wholly on their side and not only do their best to spread every Republican talking point/lie throughout the state, but also do so in the most confusing way possible, ensuring people like my neighbor who have little time to spare (single mom with 3 kids works full time) will never find enough time to sit down at a computer and sift through the bullshit to find out why it's so hard for her.

    One example of the local media's cynical duplicity is calling the law Obamacare when it's the bad news/lies, and calling it the AHA when it's the good news from states who did agree to the expansion.

    Get that, when the news is bad and there is a lot of it, mostly lies the blame is on Obamacare.

    When news stories report news that shows why it's really a vast improvement over what we had the credit goes to the AHA with nary a mention of the President.

    It's not only the working poor who are confused. A couple I know both of whom have college degrees and earn decent money also do not know the facts, and they aren't the teahadist who doesn't care about the facts. They are just people who assume what they are reading in the media is more or less correct so.

    The bottom line is a much greater effort has to be made to inform the people about the benefits of AHA and who is responsible for trying to help the nation and which party is responsible for trying to take it all back.

    Relying on the media in red states to do an honest job is to forfeit the race before you start.

    If no such effort is made, AHA could very well become the  albatross around the Democratic party's chances come Nov. 2014.

    There is still a lot of time to fix things, but from where I sit I don't see any effort whatsoever, and I should be finally.

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