It’s increasingly apparent that Obamacare is failing to lure the very demographic that its advocates have long pledged the health care law will most benefit: people without health insurance.
A poll conducted last week by NBC and The Wall Street Journal finds that uninsured Americans in particular believe, now more than in the past, that Obamacare should never have happened.
In a sign that may not bode well for the president, the law’s unpopularity jumped the most among the uninsured, who stand to be among the main beneficiaries of the law. Fully half of uninsured Americans now think the law was a bad idea. In September, 34% saw it that way.
The failed rollout of Obamacare – both as a functional product and as a beneficial policy – has simultaneously derailed Obama’s second-term political leverage and diminished public trust in his transparency as an honest leader.
“The President is being weighed down by one issue, his health-care law,” said Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who helped direct the poll. “It’s probably fair to say that as goes health care, so goes the Obama presidency for the next year.”
Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who worked on the poll alongside Mr. Yang, said the damage to the President’s standing could linger. “When you dent a President on honesty and straightforwardness,” he said, “you have done major damage that can be difficult and time-consuming to repair.”
Worse for Democrats, Obamacare – President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation – has become a political albatross around the Democratic Party’s neck. “For the first time since 2011, participants gave the GOP a slight edge, 44% to 42%, on which party they would like to see control Congress next year,” the authors observe.