The Hill: Liberals are Winning The Health Care Debate
They can try changing it from “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” to “”Repealing the Job-Destroying Health Care Law Act” if they want, but a bigger makeover may be necessary for Republicans to get the support of the general public on their plan to roll back health care reform.
Turns out, not that many people are interested in a repeal.
Bad news for conservatives and Republicans in the new AP healthcare poll, which has the following results:
Number of voters who favor stronger healthcare laws that do more: 43 percent. Number who favor repeal: only 26 percent. Number who favor the current law: 19 percent. Number who favor a healthcare law that does less: 10 percent.
In short, 62 percent favor either the current law or a new law that is more to the liking of liberals, while only 36 percent favor repeal or a new law more to the liking of conservatives.
How did the conservatives lose their momentum on the issue? Turns out the facts just don’t support their talking points.
Despite what Republicans say, the 2010 health care law isn’t necessarily a job killer, experts say.
Republicans have titled their effort to overturn the law the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” and that’s their favorite talking point against it. The House of Representatives will start debate on repeal Tuesday and probably vote Wednesday.
Saying that the law is a job killer doesn’t necessarily make it one, however, and independent experts say that such a conclusion is at least premature, if not unfounded.
“The claim has no justification,” said Micah Weinberg, a senior research fellow at the centrist New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program.
The House will be debating and voting on the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” this week.