Polls show opponents of Obamacare winning
Conservatives claim a new poll shows they are winning the battle over defunding ObamaCare.It is a bad law that is harming the economy and killing jobs. Even its popular elements are driving up the cost of healthcare insurance for those who don't benefit from the provisions. It will especially hit young people hard as they are already struggling to find jobs and pay off student loans. If it is not killed it will be a drag on the economy for years and it will lead to less innovation and less care.
The CNN poll released this week found only 39 percent of voters hold favorable views of the healthcare law.
Critically, it also found falling support among two groups critical to the success of health insurance exchanges that this fall will begin enrollment: women and people who make less than $50,000 per year.
Heritage Action Communications Director Dan Holler said the poll highlights momentum is on the side of those arguing the healthcare law is not ready for primetime and should be delayed.
Conservatives are pushing to defund or delay ObamaCare, he said, because “[Republican] constituents want this. Folks outside of Washington are clamoring for this.”
House GOP leaders are in a tight spot on moving a measure to fund the government through Congress because of the pressure from conservatives. If Congress does not pass a funding measure by Oct. 1, the government will shut down, and many Republicans worry they could take the blame.
GOP leadership delayed their plan this week to have the House vote on a funding measure intended to force the Senate into a vote on defunding ObamaCare. Conservatives said they were unsatisfied with the GOP plan, which would have allowed the Senate to send a final funding bill to the White House that included funding for the healthcare law.
On Thursday, 42 lawmakers introduced a bill to delay ObamaCare. Another eight lawmakers added their names to the bill within 24 hours. Three committee chairman were on board as of Friday: Reps. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) of Homeland Security, Candice Miller (R-Mich.) of House Administration and Jeb Hensarling (Texas) of Financial Services.
Heritage Action believes that pressure will build on GOP leaders in the coming weeks as grassroots conservatives push Republicans to sign on to the bill.