Despite all the support from Hollywood celebrities and billions spent on advertising and public relations, The Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, is not motivating its backers.
That is certainly not the case with the opponents of ObamaCare, however.
In a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll it came out that three times as many Republicans consider ObamaCare to be an important issue than Democrats. As that is Obama’s main legislative achievement, that is a very telling poll result. That is certainly not promising for those who are running for office and support The Affordable Care Act.
But it is very positive for those running for office who oppose ObamaCare.
The most obvious attribute is that it “fires up the base.” For voters to pull the lever, they have to get to the polls first. In an off-year election, that requires motivation from the candidate. The Affordable Care Act is providing that for those who need a reason to get to the polls come this November.
As for why this is such little enthusiasm for ObamaCare, in a Washington Post article by Aaron Blake, “Obamacare isn’t motivating Democrats. Like at all.” it was pointed out that, “While support for Obamacare has generally been in the low 40s, only about half of supporters think it will actually be a net-positive over the long haul and make things better in the U.S. health-care system.”
That is sad when only about half the net supporters of anything think it will be a long term positive.
In the context of how much ObamaCare has costs and the upheaval it has caused, it is very disturbing. There should be enthusiasm from its base. The Obama Administration changing or delaying ObamaCare more than 30 times has certainly not helped. Obviously that is not going to result in much help for those running for office in support of ObamaCare.