Administration figures and supporters have long said that ObamaCare would become more popular as time went by. It hasn’t. A June 2 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 37% thought the health-care plan was a good idea while 49% thought it a bad idea. On May 10, 2010, about two months after ObamaCare passed, it was 38% good idea, 44% bad.
Other surveys show a similar pattern. A June 9 Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll found that only 35% of Americans had a favorable impression of the health law, while 43% had an unfavorable opinion. On June 22, 2010, four months after the legislation passed, the Kaiser poll reported 48% favorable, 41% unfavorable. These poll numbers have created fear in the Obama White House about the health law’s impact on Democratic candidates next year.
Meanwhile, the temporary reprieve from the employer mandate will not stop many businesses from preparing their people for when the company stops providing insurance. They’ll also continue limiting more part-time employees to fewer than 30 hours a week, in order to avoid being snared by this provision in the law.
To offset this development, the administration desperately wants to sign up as many people for health policies as possible, hoping the newly insured will be grateful voters on Nov. 4, 2014. Also, the Congressional Budget Office estimates for ObamaCare outlays assume a disproportionate share of the early sign-ups are young people. They will pay higher insurance rates to subsidize coverage for older uninsured Americans. Organizing for America and Enroll America are focused on workers under 35.