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Note: This is part one of a three part series on ObamaCare.
President Obama recently unveiled his new media strategy of “owning” ObamaCare. He began with a Twitter campaign that urged supporters to list the benefits they plan to receive under the health care law while using the tag “#ILikeObamaCare”. Unfortunately for the president, this tag was immediately co-opted by sarcastic conservatives who used it while criticizing ObamaCare.
There is an interesting question behind the PR blunder: When you get right down to it, who honestly likes ObamaCare?
Where is the wellspring of support for the centerpiece of President Obama’s legislative agenda? Where is the kudos? Why does the President of the United States need a Twitter campaign to garner even a shred of enthusiasm for his masterpiece on the second anniversary of ObamaCare?
Well, the numbers don’t look good.
A USA Today/Gallup poll found that:
Another Gallup poll found that:
A Washington Post/ABC News poll found that:
While there is some support for the law, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the key individual mandate of ObamaCare is unconstitutional, including a majority of Democrats. Majorities of Americans also believe that part or all of the law should be struck down by the Supreme Court, that the law will either have a little or negative effect on their life, and that the HHS contraception mandate ought to include more thorough exemptions for religious groups.
In other words, the polling data for President Obama’s crowning achievement is ugly.
Part II: Why Wouldn't People Like ObamaCare?
Part III: How Do We End ObamaCare?