A year ago, Democrats who were in control of both houses of Congress, in addition to the White House, openly disregarded the will of the people and rammed ObamaCare down our throats. At the time, the Democrats claimed that their bill would become more popular once Americans found out what was in it. A process that, as Democrats explained, required passing it. They were wrong on both counts; they could have let us know what was in it before passing it and it is far less popular now than it was a year ago when it passed. It also cost the Democrats the biggest mid term election defeat in 72 years. A year later, polls show that Obamacare’s popularity has declined even further.
A recent Bloomberg poll, which was heavily skewed towards Democrats (respondents were 30 percent Democrat and 22 percent Republican) shows bad news for Obamacare. Despite grossly under-representing Republicans, the Bloomberg poll shows that 52 percent of its respondents favor Obamacare’s repeal, while only 42 percent oppose it.
The only poll that regularly screens for likely voters is Rasmussen, and it offers perhaps the worst news of all for Obamacare and the Democrats. In the first Rasmussen poll taken after Obamacare’s passage, likely voters said that they thought the law would be “bad,” rather than “good,” for the country, by a margin of 8 points 49 to 41 percent. A year later, that margin has doubled, to 16 points 50 to 34 percent. Meanwhile, 50 percent of likely voters now think repeal is either “somewhat” (34 percent) or “very” (16 percent) “likely,” while only 37 percent think it’s either “not very” (31 percent) or “not at all” (6 percent) “likely.” So, 94 percent of Americans disagree with the proposition that Obamacare is “not at all likely” to be repealed. What odds would Barack Obama have put on that a year ago?
The biggest condemnation of all, across 53 consecutive Rasmussen polls, beginning the day that the president signed Obamacare into law and proceeding to today, is that Americans have supported repeal in all 53 of them – and by double-digit margins in all but one of them; the poll of October 4th, in which Americans supported repeal by “merely” 6 points.
Lest not forget, 26 states have challenged the constitutionality of the law in federal court. In addition to having become even more unpopular with Americans, it has been the subject of a successful repeal vote in the now-Republican House of Representatives, and it has been declared unconstitutional (in all or in part) by two federal judges. However, it has been a good year for those who oppose the consolidation of power and money in Washington, who value fiscal solvency, and who cherish liberty. It was also the issue which singularly gave rise to the Tea Party.