This is strange because the law is still as unpopular as ever. Evidently, the Supreme Court's ruling ends the debate for a lot of people simply out of respect for the institution.
Americans are sharply divided over Thursday's Supreme Court decision on the 2010 healthcare law, with 46% agreeing and 46% disagreeing with the high court's ruling that the law is constitutional. Democrats widely hail the ruling, most Republicans pan it, and independents are closely divided.
When asked what they want Congress to do now that the high court has upheld the 2010 law, 31% say they would repeal the law entirely and 21% would keep the law in place but repeal parts of it. A quarter of Americans swing in the other direction, saying they would like Congress to pass legislation to expand the government's role in healthcare beyond what the current law does. Thirteen percent want to keep the law in place and do nothing further.
Views on this question are highly partisan, with 65% of Democrats coming down on the side of maintaining, if not expanding, the law, and 85% of Republicans coming down on the side of repealing it, either in whole or in part. Independents are more evenly divided, with 40% in favor of keeping or expanding the law and 49% in favor of repealing all or part of it.
An argument I read yesterday proposed that it will be a lot easier to get public support for repeal in 2014 when the chaos and high premiums that will be the result of implementing Obamacare really hit home to the American people. This legislation is not fixable. No subtle tweaks or small alterations will make Obamacare work any better. It is going to enrage a lot of people once they realize just how much this monstrosity is going to cost them personally.
I don't think we have time for that. It's got to be repealed within the next year or the momentum will be all on the supporter's side. Regardless, if the GOP gets control of the senate, they are going to make the effort.