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Enrique Gonzalez, 22, (L-R), Janet Regalado, 21, and their nine-month-old daughter Kayleen Gonzalez pose for a photo after signing up for health insurance at an enrolment event in Commerce, California March 31, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama's embattled U.S. healthcare law, having survived a rollout marred by technology failures, reaches a milestone on Monday with the end of its first enrolment wave, and with the administration likely to come close to its goal of signing up 7 million people in private health insurance. More than 1 million people have signed up for Obamacare in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH POLITICS) - RTR3JDM0
The Republican flail over Obamacare is showing in some of their districts. The reality is that Republicans don't have anything but repeal to bring to the table, and that the law is working. What that means, according to new polling from Democracy Corps, is that the law is gaining support, even in Republican districts.
According to the findings, 43 percent of respondents in districts held by a Republican member of Congress now say they oppose the health care law because it “goes too far.” That number was 48 percent in December. Opponents still outnumber the 41 percent who say they favor the law. However, Democracy Corps also registers 9 percent of respondents in Republican districts who say they oppose the law because it does not go far enough, a group that ostensibly includes a chunk of voters who wanted a more liberal piece of legislation. (How big that chunk is, is unclear.)

In Republican districts that are the most likely to flip to Democratic control in the 2014 elections, the shift of opinion toward the Affordable Care Act is equally pronounced. Fifty-four percent of respondents from those districts now support implementing and fixing the law versus 40 percent who support repealing and replacing it. In December, those numbers were 48 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

The law is inching toward actual majority support in Democratic districts, now at 44-44 approval versus disapproval, but 8 percent disapprove of the law because it doesn't go far enough. In December, that number was 6 percent, and 42 percent were in favor with 46 percent against.

Overall, "implement and fix" thumps "repeal and replace." Fifty-two percent of respondents say the law needs to be retained and improved, and 42 percent want it repealed and replaced. Replaced with what remains the question of the day, since Republicans are utterly incapable of coming up with something, anything, there. That's continuing the trend line we've seen over months and months of Kaiser Family Foundation polling, which has been the gold standard for Obamacare polling.

But this Democracy Corps poll is showing that Obamacare is even eroding as an issue that Republicans can use to energize their crazy base in November.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (29+ / 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 Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:46:27 AM PDT

  •  Repeal and......Repeal again! (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Matt Z, HoundDog, wild hair

    Congress is back in town this week.

  •  The forth ranking Republican in the House admitted (10+ / 0-)

    on Friday that Obamacare his here to stay. If these trends hold up and we keep campaigning on it we can turn Obamacare to our advantage by election time.

    Maybe even make it a "turn out" issue.

    "We need you to come out this election and make you voice hear to protect your/our Obamacare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.

    All the Republicans in states that denied federal aid for Medicaid expansion ought to be extra vulnerable and we'd be fools not to pound the crap out of them with it.

    This will be an issue they can not run from since the miserable bastards branded themselves as opposing it "tooth and nail' for the last four years. We should make it symbolic of their hatred for all government and the 47%.

    The same poll shows we are vulnerable on the economy, and if the word "economic recovery" is mentioned the GOP comes out ahead.

    Thanks Joan. Great post.  

    "Seriously, Folks, WTH?" - ("What the Heck? "h/t Joan McCarter, Seriously, Florida. WTF?)

    by HoundDog on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 11:07:20 AM PDT

    •  Obamacare should be a turnout issue (4+ / 0-)

      in favor of the Democrats.  

      I say "should" because politically, many Democratic politicians are afraid to defend their support of Obamacare, or other controversial positions that they perceive may weaken their support among "independents". I just don't understand this. I'm so happy to see Charlie Crist and Barack Obama himself showing them how its done.  And kudos to Mark Begich and others who are starting to see the light on this path.

      As the senate discusses the minimum wage increase this week, I would be pleasantly surprised to see "vulnerable" democrats vote for it (or for cloture).  Somehow, they seem not to realize that declaring their support for something like this loudly and proudly might actually help them.

      •  Spread this very moving story. (5+ / 0-)

        This is diary material.

        He's a self-employed, self-sufficient logger who has cleared his own path for most of his 57 years, never expecting help from anyone. And even though he'd been uninsured since 2009, he especially wanted nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.

        "I don't read what the Democrats have to say about it because I think they're full of it," he told his friend Bob Leinhauser, who suggested he sign up.

        That refrain changed this year when a faulty aortic valve almost felled Angstadt. Suddenly, he was facing a choice: Buy a health plan, through a law he despised, that would pay the lion's share of the cost of the life-saving surgery - or die. He chose the former.

        "A lot of people I talk to are so misinformed about the ACA," Angstadt said. "I was, before Bob went through all this for me. I would recommend it to anybody and, in fact, have encouraged friends, including the one guy who hauls my logs."

        <"We argued about it for months," Angstadt said. "I didn't trust this Obamacare. One of the big reasons is it sounded too good to be true."

        January came, and Angstadt's health continued to decline. His doctor made it clear he urgently needed valve-replacement surgery. Leinhauser had seen enough and insisted his friend get insured.

        "The only thing he was ever really adamant about was that Obamacare was the real deal," Angstadt said. "I trusted him to at least take a look at it."

        Leinhauser went to Angstadt's house, and in less than an hour, the duo had done the application. A day later, Angstadt signed up for the Highmark Blue Cross silver PPO plan and paid his first monthly premium: $26.11.

        "All of a sudden, I'm getting notification from Highmark, and I got my card, and it was actually all legitimate," he said. "I could have done backflips if I was in better shape."

        Angstadt's plan kicked in on March 1. It was just in time. Surgery couldn't be put off any longer. On March 31, Angstadt had life-saving valve-replacement surgery.

        "I probably would have ended up falling over dead" without the surgery, Angstadt said. "Not only did it save my life, it's going to give me a better quality of life."/blockquote>

      •  Turnout is the key... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...even here in Texas. If we can turn out our voters, we just might pull off what the pundits think is impossible. We might just have not just a Democratic governor and lieutenant governor, but other Democrats on the ticket getting upset victories as well.


        by alaprst on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 05:18:50 AM PDT

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    •  Voters in those red states that refused Medicaid (3+ / 0-)

      expansion need to be asked how they like still paying for ER care rendered to those who lack coverage.
      By July the GOP will be back to wailing about the IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, all of which will be like black and white movies by then.  Dems can press on with upping the minimum wage and immigration reform, both of which will bring down the deficit, something the GOP chanting and whining never will.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 03:22:47 PM PDT

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  •  This is good. (3+ / 0-)
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    When their districts flip in a couple months, they will face November in sheer panic.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 11:09:07 AM PDT

  •  As more people see how friends and loved (5+ / 0-)

    ones benefit by ACA, these numbers will continue to shift, IMO.

    At a recent weekend gathering, I can't tell you how many friends told me they'd been to the doctor for the first time in years.

    Thank you, Joan, for your updates!

  •  Funny how this correlates with (0+ / 0-)

    The Republican establishment conceding on the repeal issue. Once the polls hit 50%+1 they suddenly have an epiphany.

    Not unlike the "more moderate" Dems that did the same thing on gay marriage. Their "evolving" views suddenly "evolved" really quickly once they were on the down side of the polls.

    Best race ever - MI-AG(2002) - Cox vs. Peters. You know you get the joke...

    by Arbo on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 03:16:35 PM PDT

  •  Just curious, (0+ / 0-)

    how under Heaven would conservatives "fix" the ACA?  What exactly is broken about it, other than it is not single payer?  It's those universal health care aspects of the law that everyone seems to like.  It's the private profit pieces like the individual mandate that has everybody up in arms...

  •  No! No Obamacare PLEASE NO AIEEEEEEEEEEEE nt (0+ / 0-)
  •  If the district I live in was not so gerrymandered (0+ / 0-)

    we would have a chance to switch this seat to D. We had a Democratic representative for 8 yrs but he was voted out in 2010 along with the GOP sweep.  But now with the gerrymandered, the blue parts of this district were taken away and this seat is now Safe Republican. But we are also hearing that most are liking Obamacare or finding out it is has helped their kids or their neighbors..etc.

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    by wishingwell on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 04:02:37 PM PDT

  •  I've always believed it would get better over time (0+ / 0-)

    In 2010, it was easy for them to run against the evils of a bill that most people knew almost absolutely nothing about--a phantasmal enemy can be as bad as you make it out to be. But now, people are actually living the bill and not only is it not bad, but for a whole lot of people it's worlds better than what it was before.

    The $64,000 question is, "Will public opinion shift enough before Nov. to turn the GOP's strategy against them...or at least nullify it?"

  •  Could you hold this anchor for me Mr. Speaker? (0+ / 0-)


    Time to do our own reforming. If you like Obamacare, you'll love single payor.

    Why not? Whether it would have won in 2009-10 or not is irrelevant. Not even relevant if it wins now. What is important is making the conversation about progressive ideas and policies, and not just responding to republican BS.

    Paint the republicans deeper into the corner, drag the damn Overton Window back where it belongs, and make the conversation about expanding and improving the ACA.

    No final victories. We have the chance to destroy whatever credibility the GOP has on healthcare for all except the mouthbreathers still drinking the teaparty kool-aid.

    A man does as he is when he can do what he wants

    by BobBlueMass on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 04:08:58 PM PDT

  •  Oh, boo hoo, Republicans. (0+ / 0-)

    I am not a Democrat, not a Progressive, and have no love whatsoever for ACA, but...

    You deserve what you're getting.

    We had (and, really, still have) huge problems with health care in the US.

    Every time you complain about how terrible ACA is -- and you're mostly right.  It is.

    But --

    Faced with a horrible problem affecting millions of Americans, Democrats drew up a grand plan and made things better.
    Not good. Utterly infuriating if you fall into one of the little traps in the law or the programming that runs the machinery.
    Really -- bad enough that nearly anything sincere, anything at all has a chance of being better.

    With the bar set so low, you didn't swing and miss.
    You didn't swing.
    Hell, you were still in bed with a hangover from 2010 when they called your name.

    You blew it.
    You screwed up.
    Democrats got something done and you deserve no credit at all.
    And -- let me tell  you this, and I'm speaking as somebody who has had an absolutely miserable time with the national exchange -- No matter how bad you make it out to be, it is better than we had before and light years better than you did, which as NOTHING.

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

    by dinotrac on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 04:36:10 PM PDT

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