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A man hides from the rain under his sign at a Tea Party Patriots rally calling for the repeal of the 2010 healthcare law championed by President Barack Obama, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 24, 2012.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
The Kaiser Family Foundation's monthly tracking poll is out for May, and it shows the same thing we've been seeing for months with the poll: Republicans still hate the law with white-hot intensity and everybody else isn't thrilled with it, but really want Congress to just stop fighting about it and start fixing it already. Which, by the way, perfectly encapsulates Republican leadership's "repeal/replace or fix" dilemma: appease the base and the congressional crazies and vote to kick millions and millions of people off of insurance, or not?
This month, 45 percent of the public reports having an unfavorable view of the health care law and 38 percent report a favorable one. This 7-percentage point gap has held fairly steady since March, but is smaller than the 14- to 16-point unfavorable tilt in opinion measured in Kaiser tracking polls from November through January following the botched rollout of the health insurance exchanges.

Sharp political polarization continues to exist, with about two-thirds (64 percent) of Democrats having a favorable opinion of the law and three-quarters (75 percent) of Republicans expressing an unfavorable view. The intensity gap in opinion also continues, with nearly twice as many Republicans expressing a “very” unfavorable view as Democrats having a “very” favorable one (61 percent versus 36 percent).

Sixty-one percent of Republicans really, really hate it, and Republicans in Congress have to keep them happy or they'll go even crazier. That crazier than they already are does not seem possible, but that well is apparently bottomless, so don't expect the radicals to stop pushing repeal with all their might. But guess what else? Just about 60 percent want Congress to be spending their time on fixing the law, and just 34 percent (made up of the 61 percent of Republicans who hate it) are the only ones who are still talking repeal. Well, them and the tea party Republicans they elected. And Mitch McConnell.

Speaking of crazy, what's really interesting is that 37 percent of Republicans report that they or someone they are close to has been hurt by Obamacare. That's in comparison to 8 percent of Democrats and 27 percent of independents who report the same. Apparently, the law was nefariously designed to make life more difficult primarily for Republicans. But since Republicans are so good at playing professional victim, it's likelier that every sniffle, every sliver, every stubbed toe they've experienced since January is all the fault of Obamacare. So is any premium increase they might get. Seems like Obamacare also causes Republican amnesia—the selective forgetting that premiums have increased every year since the beginning of health insurance.

Meanwhile, 51 percent of everyone is just pleading with Congress to please, please deal with something else besides Obamacare. Who thinks the most important thing for Congress to do right now is to keep fighting over a law passed four years ago, has been declared constitutional, and has provided health insurance to millions and millions of people? Sixty percent of Republicans.

So in case you were wondering, no, Republicans in office and wanting to get elected can't really ever stop talking about repeal, even as they see diminishing returns. What they can do is postpone voting on it again before November, and meanwhile continue hoping that their gibberish fools enough people to get them through.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri May 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 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 Fri May 30, 2014 at 11:13:25 AM PDT

  •  Which is a great opportunity for ratfucking. (0+ / 0-)

    "So-and-so will not fight to repeal Obamacare"

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri May 30, 2014 at 12:17:57 PM PDT

    •  An easy reform (2+ / 0-)
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      would be to eliminate the death panels.  I think everyone could get behind such a bill.

      I wonder why they haven't done this already?

      •  Ignorance (1+ / 0-)
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        it amazes me how people so ignorant about a law can form an opinion on it.
        It actually makes me feel disconnected from society because I spent hours looking at studies and analysis of the health care law before I formed an opinion and everyone around me just formed theirs off of some 5 second reaction to something or another.
        its seriously discouraging that I do my civic duty and understand the laws while my vote is drowned out by ignorant knee jerkers.

        We only think nothing goes without saying.

        by Hamtree on Fri May 30, 2014 at 09:28:56 PM PDT

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  •  Democrats not supporting the ACA ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Are like Hitler.  Perhaps also Stalin.

    Okay I kid ... but come on, poll answerers -- support the party for God's sake.  Yeah, I'm a hack, but this irks me.  

    "I don't like it!  It's not single-payer!"  So it gets reported as "Country still hates O-Care."

  •  What I think is happening here is many people love (5+ / 0-)

    the benefits afforded by Obamacare, so they definitely don't want it repealed, however, they know it was passed by Obama so they would rather criticize it than say they like it....

    This goes for Republicans as well as some Democrats....

  •  Does anybody have the cross-tabs on ACA opposition (4+ / 0-)
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    to determine how many of those against it feel that way because the law didn't go far enough?

    Also, in other news, the Sun is forecast to turn into a red giant and fry the Earth in 5 billion years.  One republican that was polled on the issue said, "Wow, that sucks...Thanks, OBAMA!"

  •  Actually laughed out loud, thank you (0+ / 0-)
    That crazier than they already are does not seem possible, but that well is apparently bottomless
  •  Gee, could this be related? (1+ / 0-)
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    Every hour of every day I see ads condemning our Senator and Congresswoman for voting for Obamacare.

    I never see ads saying, "Obamacare finally let me go see the doctor when I got sick!"

    Correlation is not causation.  But just maybe, actually getting onto the political playing field gives you an advantage over someone who never even shows up?

    Needs study.  Wouldn't want to be rash.

  •  Um, I find it unnerving (3+ / 0-)
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    that so many people are willing to let the Republicans have a hand in "fixing" something they think shouldn't exist in the first place.

    The "reform" movement for the ACA.

    When I hear "reform" I expect Village-approved and very serious sanctioned sabotage.

    If they ever wise the fuck up, and drop the 100% repeal or bust fetish, entirely in favor of 'lets smile and agree we need to move on and then dedicate ourselves to saying we want to fix it, honestly, a lot, while what we actually do is fuck this up as much as we can with "reforms" ' I wonder how much they could really make a mess of things.  

    It doesn't take many bad faith "fixes" before complicated policy regimes start to be grating and shuddering systemically.

    "Real journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations." -George Orwell

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri May 30, 2014 at 06:28:55 PM PDT

  •  Here in Michigan (8+ / 0-)

    my reputation as someone who knows about the PPACA has spread. I am happy to say that I have helped many apply for and receive subsidized insurance or expanded Medicaid.

    Thanks to Dkos and the contributors here for giving me the knowledge to share. The misinformation is stunning, with your help I have the facts to counter.

    I am a person living on SS and am below the poverty level. When my sister saw how many people were coming to me for help she said I should hang out a shingle and start charging.

    Well, the main thing wrong with that is people with money are not coming to me for help.

    I helped a man one day to apply for expanded Medicaid for which he easily qualified. He is a low-information knee jerk Republican.

    He offered to pay me 8 dollars. It was all he had. He needed health care bad. I did not want money, I wanted people to have health care. When he was approved, he could not thank me enough. I then hit upon my payment plan.

    The next time you are in a group of people you have to thank President Obama and all the other Democrats because you now have health care. Spread the word and send others to me. Same price.

    •  You, sir or madame, are a saint. Better yet, (1+ / 0-)
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      make a video of them praising it, telling why, identifying who they are and make them post it on social media.  "Ma name is Trog Dolyte and I'm a proud dyed in the wool republican, just like Mr Raygoon. And I'm here to tell you that I never had no insurance and never thought I could get no insurance so I got this here diabetes, and some other stuff I never knew existed.  My friend howabout showed me how Obamacare will cover me and take care of all my medical ills.  Ain't that something? And you know what? It cost me $12 a month. Yep, that's it. I still don't like that furrin guy in the white house but I know that from now on, gummint better keep they're sleazy hands offn my Obamacare."

      You all laugh because I'm different; I laugh because you're all the same

      by sajiocity on Fri May 30, 2014 at 07:17:49 PM PDT

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    •  I envy you (0+ / 0-)

      soooo much.

      We only think nothing goes without saying.

      by Hamtree on Fri May 30, 2014 at 09:34:27 PM PDT

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    •  Well done. (0+ / 0-)

      He probably won't share it to a group, but if you can educate one person and he can educate one person and so on, change can happen.

      "Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, side-show freaks, lion tamers, and football players. We're in the boredom-killing business!" -- Howard Beale, Network

      by Hazel Flagg on Sat May 31, 2014 at 09:32:36 AM PDT

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