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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 embattle
April's tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that months and months—years—of negative coverage of the Affordable Care Act can't be undone by a month of good news. While the largest percent of respondents—43 percent—answered correctly that 8 million people signed up for private insurance, 57 percent of them think that was a failure, that the target for enrollments wasn't met.
Pie charts showing percentages of people who can identify how many people got health insurance on the exchanges and how many think enrollment goals were met.
A big majority—57 percent to 38—also say that the law isn't working as planned even after early glitches were worked out. The law is stuck exactly where it was a month ago, "with 46 percent of the public saying they have an unfavorable view and 38 percent a favorable view," though that is an improvement of four points from the January survey. More importantly, though, is this:
Nearly six in ten (58 percent) say they want their representative in Congress to work to improve the law, while just over a third (35 percent) want them to work on repealing it and replacing it with something else. Like opinion on the law overall, this question is deeply divided by political party. Still, about three in ten Republicans and the same share of those with an unfavorable view of the law say they would prefer Congress work on improving it rather than repealing and replacing it.
Repeal is as unpopular as it's ever been with Democrats and Independents, but 62 percent of Republicans still want the law to be repealed. That's an expectation Republicans in Congress have created in their party that they absolutely can't fulfill, and that they now have to figure out some way to worm out of. So that should remain fun through primary season, at least.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 03:50 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 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 Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 03:50:33 PM PDT

  •  Break out the champagne, Fox! (3+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, worldlotus, Eric Nelson

    They have become masters of peddling disinformation and misinformation. They were aided and abetted by the wishy-washy, "keeping them honest" and "fair and balanced" reporting from fox-lite CNN, and disinterested coverage from MSNBC.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 04:30:22 PM PDT

  •  What was PPACA called? Obamacare or ACA? (2+ / 0-)
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    jbsoul, Homers24

    I checked the methodology page and couldn't find exactly how questions were worded.

    I wonder how many people with "Obamacare" and 'death panels" etc. drilled into their heads, actually got past the nonsense

    62 percent of Republicans still want the law to be repealed. That's an expectation Republicans in Congress have created in their party that they absolutely can't fulfill, and that they now have to figure out some way to worm out of. So that should remain fun through primary season, at least.
    I'll bet that republican office holders shills make up a higher percentage of "repealers" than actual republican constituents. It may still be that republican constituents still lean towards repeal but maybe not as high a percentage than the RWNJ congress (?)

    Steve Kornacki hosting ‘All In’ for Chris Hayes shows a Jimmy Kimmel clip of people asked whether they prefer the  ‘Affordable Care Act’ vs  ‘Obamacare’. There are people who approve of PPACA, but have been persuaded by F0x driven BS to say the opposite.
    (short ad - sorry)
    Full segment @ link with following conversation with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear (D) who unlike many of the GOP governors helped his constituents by setting up health care exchanges and expanding Medicaid:

    This is good news despite what republicans would have us believe:

    Majority support contraceptive coverage requirement, including for-profit companies whose owners have religious objections

    Thx Joan McCarter - for keeping it real

  •  Republicans (like Sterling) would be happy with (1+ / 0-)
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    the law if you Liberals would just change the name to Bidencare.

  •  Or rather because of (4+ / 0-)
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    Buzzer, dfarrah, Homers24, Blue State 68

    the decision by Democratic campaign groups to largely stay silent, rather than run ads with personal ACA success stories.

    •  yes The most valuable thing in politics.... (0+ / 0-)

      is a bunch of Zombies who follow your lead, don't question and fall into line.  The conservatives have spent years building the crop of zombies.  

      The specify issue does not matter, the fact we have to deal with is that they have this big bloc of robo followers. When we get past O-care, they'll just make up another cause for these people to obsess about.  

  •  Somehow 370,000 People In Kentucky Signed Up.... (0+ / 0-)

    for Obamacare despite Mitch McConnell & Rand Paul explicitly telling them not to.  They told them not to over & over & over & over again.  Maybe those people weren't contacted by the poll referenced.

    Kentucky also has a Democratic Governor.  There's the dif in
    information getting out about the Affordable Care Law.

    Taking healthcare away from each of those 370,000 Kentuckians is going to be quite the little feat.

    I'd like to see Republicans try.  Ditto for NY & California & Connecticut & Vermont, etc etc etc etc etc etc.

  •  Despite the crash of Oregon's website there are (0+ / 0-)

    a lot of people we know who have benefited from ACA including our family. Lot's of our crowd are self employed and only one of our friends families kept their old plan.

    My wife and I have more coverage for less. And we even use it.

    The only problem we have is that Regence's Blue Shield won't let us go. We dropped them as soon as we could after they tried to put us in a more expensive plan than the one we had. We got the letter the repugs are so upset about. But even though we went thru a cancellation process with them, they sent us another letter congratulating us on our new policy with them. We went thru the cancellation process again. Today we got another letter from them congratulating us on our new policy with them.

    I guess their website is broken. Somebody tell Fox news for me, I'm too busy trying to break up with Regence.

  •  When you have one of (3+ / 0-)
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    Lily O Lady, Homers24, artebella

    the nation's two major parties defecating on the President in shifts — full-time, 24-7 since January, 2009 — as its only mission, the old Goebbels 'Big Lie' rule kicks in.

    Doesn't say much for the critical thinking of the American people who, at any given moment, support the individual elements of the ACA (and the administration's foreign policy) but twitch like Pavlov's dogs when you mention Obama.


  •  That's the power of propaganda. An (3+ / 0-)
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    artebella, k6007, bryduck

    enthusiastically told lie will drown out a calmly worded truth every time. We need to sell the truth with as much fervor as we can.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:09:56 PM PDT

  •  I always offer up my family as beneficiaries (1+ / 0-)
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    of ObamaCare.

    My son is a chef and gets no health insurance through his restaurant, and my daughter in law, has a professional job with no healthcare. She also has MS. Without Obama care they would have no healthcare and she would have no meds, which she needs.

    Americans are entitled to affordable healthcare.

    It is ridiculous to pretend that firing teachers based on student test scores, starting charter schools, giving out vouchers or implementing merit pay will overcome the challenges facing a child living in poverty. -Jersey Jazzman

    by Desert Rose on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:10:23 PM PDT

  •  I say yet again: (2+ / 0-)
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    ridemybike, Rolandz

    Most voters can't find their ass with both hands if you spotted them a cheek.

    So much for 'wait until people hear the good news!'

    Idiots.  I have zero patience left for the sheep.

  •  Americans are too dumb to live (1+ / 0-)
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    Just a possibility, but when the info is there and when all they watch is Fox News, they come up with crap like climate change denial, Obamacare failing, etc.

    Is anyone else tired of being surrounded by idiots?

    What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

    by TerryDarc on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:13:20 PM PDT

    •  Join my group: "Partnership For An Idiot Free.... (1+ / 0-)
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      Or at least get the bumper sticker that states that.  I get more people taking pictures of it on my truck bumper with their cell phones, and walk away laughing.  I am sure there are many that don't know just how to take it, as well.

      “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

      by LamontCranston on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 09:11:00 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The Shadow knows... (0+ / 0-)

        Americans are at least as dumb as anyone. That is our true exceptionalism.

        I would buy that bumper sticker.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

        by TerryDarc on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 10:35:59 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  C'mon now, this is an easy fix (3+ / 0-)
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    dfarrah, Homers24, katesmom

    1.) Produce some positive ads with the real people the law has benefited.

    2.) Saturate the airwaves with such ads.

    3.) Improve perception.

    4.) Profit!

    Rince and repeat.

  •  people think it failed? (0+ / 0-)

    well... in fairness, people can be be rather.... obtuse.

    fox and company get credit for the dumbing down of americans.
    it's their greatest crime, imo.

    every adult is responsible for every child

    by ridemybike on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:18:28 PM PDT

  •  How many people (0+ / 0-)

    were uninsured before the enrollments?

    Does anyone know?

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:20:57 PM PDT

  •  Folks, you give Fox way too much credit for this. (1+ / 0-)
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    What's Fox News' viewership? What tiny fraction of people are watching it at any time?

    Maybe the radio noise machine has something to do with it, but, again, how many distinct individuals are listening to it?

    Or is it the misleading headlines and factoids puked up by the so-called mainstream media? "Some people say..." and "Both sides..."  Bah.

    "Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!" -- Tony's Donut Shop, Portland, ME

    by DtheO on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:23:40 PM PDT

    •  More than you assume, sadly. (0+ / 0-)

      It's not share, or even the raw numbers that count here, but two other things: 1) the raw numbers of those listeners who vote (which is substantial, seeing as how Republicans still get elected, and easily, in way too many parts of the country); and 2) the reverberation of the FNC/right wing machine's lies beyond their viewer/listenerships. When there is no pushback or countervailing voices heard, all anyone can assume is that those lies are the truth. So even if the rightwing audiences are small (which isn't really true, imho), the overwhelming lack of any opposing/countering information-providing media proves the value of conservative media ownership and consolidation. They don't need to push Rush/FNC--all they have to do is not have allow anyone else a chance to speak.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Thu May 01, 2014 at 08:49:14 AM PDT

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  •  RepTealians will never say it's a success; (0+ / 0-)

    they know it didn't fail, but will never admit it.

    The poll numbers will always be skewed by the cowardly RighTea racial bias against Obama.

  •  Of Course (1+ / 0-)
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    That's what spending 5 to 1 dollars attacking the ACA will do for you. Not to mention calling it "Obamacare."

    But fear not. The ACA did not fail. It succeeded. And that truth will eventually sink in. Especially if everyone stops calling it "Obamacare."

    Collect Different Days

    by Homers24 on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:26:59 PM PDT

  •  Because of the liberal media! (1+ / 0-)
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    Which is one of the more successful bits of Republican BS ever.

    See you in Heaven if you make the list. R.E.M.

    by Akronborn on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:47:49 PM PDT

  •  Obama and the Dems are at fault too. (0+ / 0-)
    months and months—years—of negative coverage of the Affordable Care Act can't be undone by a month of good news.
    Utter failure to sell this and defend it from the beginning.  Not bad messaging - no messaging until last summer (if then).  Horrible sales job and with the Dems running away from it rather than running on it, it just drives the negatives home.

    Impossible to know, but this could be more a failure of the Dems than a success of the Repubs and conservatives.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 06:55:45 PM PDT

  •  There you have it....America's cruel underbelly (1+ / 0-)
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    The reason we have this mismatch between perception and reality is because many resent that "those people" also got access to healthcare.

    Obamacare is the ONLY social safety net designed from inception to include everyone (until John Roberts threw the Medicaid expansion monkey wrench in). Lawmakers and the public accepted SS & Medicare as law ONLY after large swathes of the population were EXCLUDED, mostly minorities.

    Americans are conditioned to feel exclusive. If benefits don't accrue to them and them alone, then it must be bad

    "What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them." -- Pres. Obama (1/20/2009)

    by zizi on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 07:06:46 PM PDT

  •  some people (0+ / 0-)

    also think the earth is flat.

  •  It will be worse when pubs try to "improve" it. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm holding out hope that they won't figure out that talk of improving the law will win them more votes everywhere but the reddest districts.  Because once they accept that it's not going to work for them, they'll turn and blame liberals for everything they're doing right now.   And their idea of improving it will be to gut it and defund it piece by piece all the while talking about how liberals won't let them make it better.  

    America, where a rising tide lifts all boats! Unless you don't have a boat...uh...then it lifts all who can swim! Er, if you can't swim? SHAME ON YOU!

    by Back In Blue on Wed Apr 30, 2014 at 08:02:15 PM PDT

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