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February 16, 2011

GOP HEALTH CARE PLANS STILL UNPOPULAR.... There were several polls released last month showing fairly consistent results: the Affordable Care Act isn't popular, but the American mainstream wasn't on board with the repeal crusade. Republicans didn't care, and every GOP lawmaker on the Hill voted for repeal anyway.

A month later, Republicans want to block funding for the health care law. And once again, the Affordable Care Act still isn't popular, but most Americans don't like this GOP plan, either.

A majority of the public disapproves of the Republican idea to cut off funding for health care reform, a new CBS News poll shows -- although most also disapprove of the health care law, and many aren't sure of its impact on the health care system.

Republicans in Congress have said they intend to do everything in their power to stop President Obama's health care reforms from going into place -- including de-funding provisions of the legislation. Funding for the new health care reforms is one component of the debate Republicans intend to have with the president this year over federal spending, deficit reduction and government regulations. [...]

Most Americans, 55 percent, disapprove of the plan to cut off funding to the new health care reforms, and just 35 percent approve.

In fairness, it's worth noting that the same poll found that a narrow majority of Americans disapprove of the health reform law and doubt it will improve the system, results that will no doubt please its conservative detractors. It's unclear just how many of those polled don't like the law because they want it to go further (disapproving from the left) vs. those who think it goes too far (disapproving from the right).

Either way, though, the public still doesn't like what Republicans have in mind. GOP lawmakers seem to assume that Americans are standing with them in their campaign to gut the health care law, but the evidence suggests these Republicans' assumptions are baseless.

And yet, their crusade continues unabated. It's no longer clear exactly why Republicans hate the law so much, but Jon Chait's recent take continues to ring true: "[T]he Affordable Care Act has become to the right a symbolic totem that has little to do with actual policies. Its very existence is an enduring emotional wound.... The GOP is operating not on the basis of some analysis of public policy but from a sheer pathology."

It's a pathology the American mainstream has no use for.

Steve Benen 10:00 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (12)

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"It's no longer clear exactly why Republicans hate the law so much..."

Ooh, ooh! Let me explain:
1. Because the Democrats did it.
2. Because the Republicans, after years in power, didn't.
3. Becauase the Democratic black guy in the Oval Ofice got it done when they never even tried.
4. Did I mention the President is black?
5. And a Democrat?

Posted by: c u n d gulag on February 16, 2011 at 10:09 AM | PERMALINK

Listen America and WAKE UP!
Republicans don't want Americans to have education , jobs, health care or live in a democracy. Republicans support an oligarchy that will destroy jobs, unions, minimum wage, food, money to buy food all for the golden $$$.Republicans do not want to take care of their neighbors, only themselves.

Posted by: MLJohnston on February 16, 2011 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

While cund gulag has an excellent take on the matter, the original reason that the repubs shot down Clinton's health care was that if it came into being, it would be so popular that the repubs would disappear for a generation (bill kristol). I suspect something of the same is in play here, at least in the less whacked out levels of the party. At the lower, whacked out levels where the hate is visceral, probably CG has hit the target right in the bull's eye.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on February 16, 2011 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

When hysteria is your only style, people don't expect you to rationally explain yourself. The Republican Party gave up trying years ago. And it only hurts them when their "policies" inevitably begin to fuck things up. That's why we need to give Joe Sixpack a non-lethal dose of Ayn Rand. It may be the only thing that wakes up this nation.

Posted by: walt on February 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

The GOP has a plan?

They don't even have a clue.

Posted by: bignose on February 16, 2011 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

"A majority of the public disapproves"

Too bad. A majority of voters put these guys in power. They'll remain in power for at least the next two years, and be essentially unaccountable until the 2012 election.

Elections have consequences.

Posted by: zandru on February 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

Jon Chait is dead on -- as I read through the Florida decision striking down the law, I stepped back for a minute and thought about how the rest of the world must be thinking we are absolutely stark raving mad. We could be having a discussion about the best way to achieve health care. But no, somehow forcing people to buy healthcare is an unconscionable assault on personal liberty. It's really amazing if you try to pull back and think about the argument.

Posted by: Alex on February 16, 2011 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

I think the visceral hate for the ACA can be traced to the Republican's visceral hatred for abortion. The ACA funds medical procedures and abortion is a medical procedure, therefore, to the confused, emotional, ignorant and venal who make up the Republican base, ACA and abortion are the same thing, and they hate both with equal fervor. Reality has nothing to do with it. Chait is right that it is a pathology.

Posted by: PTate in MN on February 16, 2011 at 11:02 AM | PERMALINK

When I hear a Republican say that the Affordable Care Act will prevent students from considering a career as a doctor I want to puke.

The real causes of any future doctor shortage is the funding is being cut for science and biology in high school , creationism - "lets make the kids believe DO NOT QUESTION the bible", funding for general education needs, Pell Grants and student loans being cut. Without a firm foundation of the basics, there will be no progress.

There are a whole list of causes but the ACA is not one of them.

Posted by: wbn on February 16, 2011 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

Alex: "But no, somehow forcing people to buy healthcare is an unconscionable assault on personal liberty. It's really amazing if you try to pull back and think about the argument."

Alex reminds me of something!

Occasionally Republicans make public their belief that Democats will force women to have abortions...and the ACA mandates that people participate. [cue scary music: dum.dum.dum] It doesn't take a Glenn Beck to point out the sinister Democratic plot there!

Posted by: PTate in MN on February 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

"It's unclear just how many of those polled don't like the law because they want it to go further (disapproving from the left) vs. those who think it goes too far (disapproving from the right)."

They NEVER ask that next question. You would almost think the pollsters don't want the public to know what the real concensus is on this issue.

Posted by: bdop4 on February 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM | PERMALINK

Once again, thanks for that public option there President Obama and you progressive Dumbo-crats! That was super diligent and conscientious of you all, as usual... ...

Of course, we don't want too much progress, no sir!

Posted by: Trollop on February 16, 2011 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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