Why the GOP attacks on Obamacare are good politics

David Freddoso:
The new New York Times/CBS poll shows President Obama underwater on his job approval, with 49 percent disapproving, 43 percent approving, and no gender gap whatsoever. Independents are even more sour on the president’s performance, at 50-40 unfavorable.

Only 18 percent of Americans believe Obamacare will benefit them personally, versus 39 percent who expect to be harmed personally. The group most likely to predict a personal benefit? Democrats, at 31 percent. Right behind them are 18 to 29 year-olds, the least likely to benefit because of the way the law is designed, and the most likely to face large premium increases when the exchanges go online.

Only 10 percent say Obamacare has already helped them, as opposed to 39 percent who say it has already hurt them. People don’t seem that awed at the provisions Democrats talk about most as having helped everyone — free wellness visits, pre-existing conditions, the “slacker mandate” for children up to age 26, bans on coverage limits, etc.
More people believe the law will hurt the economy than those who believe it will help. The Democrats have just not been able to sell that dog food.  As young people realized how they are being screwed by the program it will have a negative effect on a key voting demographic.


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