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Not approving of Obamacare has just become habit with the American people, apparently, because they still disapprove of it. However, they like it if you call it something else and approve of its individual provisions. And even if they still don't really like the whole idea, they overwhelmingly oppose repeal. That's been shown time and time again in the polling, and is reaffirmed by a couple of new ones done this month.

In Kentucky, Obamacare is really not popular, but people are okay with the state's version of it: kynect.

In Kentucky, a new Marist poll conducted for NBC News finds that 57 percent of registered voters have an unfavorable view of “Obamacare,” the shorthand commonly used to label the 2010 Affordable Care Act. That’s compared with only 33 percent who give it a thumbs up – hardly surprising in a state where the president’s approval rating hovers just above 30 percent. […]

A plurality – 29 percent – said they have a favorable impression of kynect, compared to 22 percent who said they view the system unfavorably. Twenty-seven percent said they hadn't heard of kynect, and an additional 21 percent said they were unsure.

“Call it something else, and the negatives drop,” said Marist pollster Lee Miringoff.

The governor who brought kynect to the state, Democrat Steve Beshear, has a huge approval rating: 63 percent. About 75 percent of the state's previously uninsured population now has health insurance, thanks to Beshear's efforts. All of this makes Sen. Mitch McConnell's task of winning re-election harder. He still wants to repeal the new law, and the majority of his party wants the same thing according to a new CNN poll.
According to the poll, 61% want Congress to leave the Affordable Care Act alone (12%) or make some changes to the law in an attempt to make it work better (49%).

Thirty-eight percent of those questioned say the law should be repealed and replaced with a completely different system (18%) or say the measure should be repealed, with Americans going back to the system in place before the law was implemented (20%).

That 38 percent still bleating repeal is almost entirely Republican. More than 60 percent of Republicans want what they can't have, what Republican lawmakers have been promising for years now—repeal. That's not news, but it's still a problem for McConnell and others. They need to answer for their failure and keep pushing repeal to keep their primary voters happy, then run in a general election where voters are sick of their obsession.  

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon May 12, 2014 at 08:38 AM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 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 May 12, 2014 at 08:38:41 AM PDT

  •  Thanks Joan (2+ / 0-)
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    leonard145b, cocinero

    I voted tuesday because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:00:00 AM PDT

  •  I'm confused (0+ / 0-)

    33 percent for O-Care, 29 for Kynect?  Is there a typo someplace?

    Or am I missing something?

    Also it just baffles and angers me that so many people 'disapprove' of Obamacare.  The elements are fine; but the label is bad.  Are people that dumb?  Do that many really not see the benefits of this law?

    •  That many people believe that the purpose of (1+ / 0-)
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      Obamacare is to take something from them and give it to the undeserving, because Obama is an evil Socialist. They do see the benefits of the law, if they are asked about them with no hint that Obama is behind those benefits.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Mon May 12, 2014 at 11:15:30 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's a shame the names (0+ / 0-)

      of either the ACA or Obamacare couldn't be changed to anything - and just not tell anyone about it!

    •  Wait. (0+ / 0-)
      33 percent for O-Care, 29 for Kynect?  Is there a typo someplace?
      In Kentucky? How is this surprising?
      Or am I missing something?
      The operative word, "Obamacare"? There will always be many people who hate the law (even if they enjoy the benefits) simply out of ignorance. This is because of the giant multi-million dollar message-machine that's been blasting it since day one. And what has been done to combat it?

      I remember thinking "am I missing something" myself when people around here were talking about how proud they were to "adopt" the GOP slur for the ACA. Anyone who thought that was a stupid idea was obviously just being a scaredy-cat and not taking back the language or something. Mostly I think people heard President Obama say (paraphrasing) "I don't mind if people think Obama cares", har har, and so now it's the big thing to keep the slur-label as the official line. Wow, brilliant.

      Point is, this really shouldn't be a surprise.

  •  Obamacare doesn't cover Donald Sterling Syndrome (0+ / 0-)

    "keep that black medicine, out of my hospital."

  •  Shouldn't title say "In Kentucky"? if it's 33-57 (0+ / 0-)

    in Kentucky, it might be about dead even now across the country. For sure, it's far better than 33-57.

    Which means that the title is wrong as written.

  •  Simply stirring the base for November... (0+ / 0-)
  •  NC Is Mostly Duke or BC/BS, How Does GOP Attack? (2+ / 0-)
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    Krush, ichibon

    If most people have Duke or Blue Cross, how does the GOP attack Obamacare?  Are Duke and Blue Cross, evil now?  If it's unbearable that people get these plans through the ACA, shouldn't everyone be "saved" from the horrors of Duke or Blue Cross?  These are a couple of the biggest employers in the state, so does the GOP attack them?  

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Mon May 12, 2014 at 05:40:59 PM PDT

  •  This is hate the black guy period. Some of these (2+ / 0-)
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    ichibon, TrueBlueDem

    people are benefiting from the healthcare law yet they still have an unfavorable view of the law.... Absolutely amazing. And to show it is all about the black man, the governor has a 63 percent approval rating primarily because of his applying the ACA in his state.

    This couldn't be clearer even if you yell it out with the biggest megaphone in the universe. Racially biased sentiment at its absolute "best".

    •  Not entirely (1+ / 0-)
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      Clinton faced major pushback on Hillarycare. It's certainly racial, but it's also cultural, social and ideological. This is about identity politics, not policy.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Mon May 12, 2014 at 06:21:52 PM PDT

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  •  Obamacare worked... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the branding sucked, but the policy worked. Run on the policy, not the branding. Good policy is good politics.

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Mon May 12, 2014 at 05:56:27 PM PDT

  •  Is there an effort to let people know (1+ / 0-)
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    that Kynect is Ocare?
    Maybe the Democratic Party should be running adverts to let people know they are the same.

    Severely Socialist 47283

    by ichibon on Mon May 12, 2014 at 05:58:54 PM PDT

    •  LOL (1+ / 0-)
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      Sadly, it's a race here between Democrats and Republicans about who hates the black, Kenyan socialist Muslim the most.

      Any connection between Kynect and the President would have to come from outside. Even then a lot of the yahoos wouldn't believe it.

      No love between Governor Beshear and Senator McConnell but Democrats, especially Grimes, haven't helped Beshear on this one at all.  

  •  I read somewhere that each party can rely (1+ / 0-)
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    White Buffalo

    on the unquestioned support of 40% of the electorate no matter what. So the ACA could turn out to be the greatest thing since electricity and that 40% of solid GOP voters would still not vote Dem no matter what, even if their party was headed by the two Josefs Stalin and Mengele (and for some of them this would be even more of an incentive). Which is ok, since we don't need them.

    The problem is that a large portion of the 40% of Dem voters often don't vote, and the middle 20%, bless 'em, are basically clueless, liking Dem policies and programs but thinking themselves too conservative or "traditional" to bring themselves to vote for the party what brung 'em. This explains people who say that they like the provisions of the ACA but not the ACA itself, sort of like liking bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and bread, but not BLT's.

    A nation founded by geniuses so it could be run by idiots.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Mon May 12, 2014 at 06:19:13 PM PDT

  •  413, 410 Kentuckians Now Have Obamacare..... (1+ / 0-)
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    White Buffalo

    330,615 thru Medicaid expansion & 82,795 thru the federal

    Something is screwy w/ that poll.  People in Kentucky have
    signed up despite their talking points.  Either that or they are
    idiots who don't know they have signed up for Obamacare.

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