Before Obamacare was passed, polls indicated that 60% to 75% of Americans opposed the passage of the Affordable Care Act. After the socialist healthcare bill was made law and started to take effect, the Obama administration kept reporting that the majority of Americans favored the program, but most other polls indicated that the majority of Americans still opposed Obamacare.
As enrollment for the second year of Obamacare draws to a close, a number of national polls indicate that the majority of the general public still do not favor the healthcare bill. According to the Rasmussen Reports poll, 52% of voters held a negative view of Obamacare while only 44% of voters favored it. Another Rasmussen Reports poll, 52% of voters said they wanted changes made to Obamacare while only 13% said they don’t want to see any changes made. The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll revealed that 29% wanted a total repeal of Obamacare and another 17% support Congress making changes to the existing law.
The sweeping Republican victory in the November midterm elections also told Democrats and the whole nation that they have a negative view of Obamacare and those there were responsible for passing the bill. A number of Democrats running for re-election tried to distance themselves from Obama and Obamacare, but it was too late.
Now several of the top Democrats including Sen. Harry Reid are admitting that Democrats made mistakes concerning Obamacare and related issues. In a recent interview, Reid stated:
“We never recovered from the rollout because the election became one that was directed toward the president. We couldn’t overcome that.”
“We never recovered from the Obamacare rollout. I’m not going to beat up on Obama. The rollout didn’t go well. We never recovered from that.”
“I’m not going to go back. I mean, we did it. It’s the hallmark of the first six years of the administration, I think it’s a wonderful legacy for him. I spent months, weeks right in this office, making sure it got done.”
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is the third ranking Democrat in the Senate and in November he stated:
“After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle-class-oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus, but unfortunately Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem — healthcare reform.”
“When Democrats focused on healthcare, the average middle-class person thought, ‘The Democrats aren’t paying enough attention to me.'”
To add to the list is Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) who is the 6th most senior Senator of Democrats and Republicans and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He recently stated:
“We had the power to do it in a way that would have simplified healthcare, made it more efficient and made it less costly and we didn’t do it.”
“So I look back and say we should have either done it the correct way or not done anything at all. What we did is we muddled through and we got a system that is complex, convoluted, needs probably some corrections and still rewards the insurance companies extensively.”
Other than Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), are there any Democrats left in Congress who haven’t admitted that Obamacare was a mistake or regret ever voting for it?