by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Most Americans wish the Affordable Care Act never became law, according to a Fox News poll released late Monday.
The survey of over 1,000 voters, conducted in early June, found a consistently pessimistic outlook on the health-care law, which has failed to gain widespread support despite the Obama administration’s attempts to fix technical glitches.
Fifty-five percent of voters wish Obamacare was never passed by Congress and that the 2009 health-care system was still in place. Independents feel strongly about the law, with 58 percent of independent voters wishing it hadn’t made it through Congress. Unsurprisingly, 85 percent of Republicans regret that Obamacare became law, while just 25 percent of Democrats do.
The Kaiser Family Foundation’s health-care tracking poll has recently found that despite public opposition to Obamacare remaining high, many Americans prefer fixing it rather than repealing it and starting over with new reforms. But with a majority of voters preferring the health-care climate of 2009 to the one Obamacare’s regulations have created, it’s not clear what strategy will win out. …
… Fox also found that voters have very low expectations for the federal government’s ability to run Obamacare more efficiently than it does the Department of Veterans Affairs’ health-care system. The VA is currently caught up in a scandal over secret waiting lists and fraudulent appointment requests, which delayed over 57,000 veterans’ care and allowed at least 18 veterans to die while on unofficial waiting lists.
Fifty-five percent of voters expect that the federal government won’t do a better job managing Obamacare than it has running the Veterans Health Administration. Just 31 percent of voters are optimistic that the government will do a better job with the health care law.