Obamacare Above Water with Public; and Who Hates it Should STFU

More Americans say they like Obamacare than dislike it for the first time since 2012 by a 43-42 count, according to a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released Tuesday. 29% in that poll said to completely repeal it, which makes it a political loser for the GOP to persist with, but there they go again.

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But this story in the New Republic looks at the numbers of repeal-heads in a Bloomberg poll that got 35% for complete repeal. But of those hardcore APA haters the majority of that 35% as identified already have healthcare, usually medicare.

But even the 35 percent support figure for repeal overstates the scope of the law’s unpopularity. Or, more accurately, we should ignore a sizable chunk of Americans who want to repeal Obamacare. Repeal is a fringe position, in that Americans oppose it overwhelmingly. But it’s also fringe in that those who do support it reside disproportionately on the periphery of the law itself. Their opinions matter insofar as they’re eligible to vote, but for heuristic purposes we should ignore them.

Among those whose opinions we should generally ignore on this issue—old people—it’s a bloodbath. Only 36 percent view the law favorably, while 46 percent view it unfavorably.

There’s no reason to pay attention to these people on this issue. But they’re the GOP base and core Fox viewer, so…

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