Americans do not want repeal
I've not really jumped on the poll showing that more Americans want to expand health-care reform than repeal it, as "expand" could really mean anything. Perhaps voters have been convinced that the mythical Republican alternatives do more than the Affordable Care Act does, though that's not been true for any policy the Republicans have advanced so far. But this poll (pdf) from the Kaiser Family Foundation ends my skepticism:
When it comes to what lawmakers should do next on health reform, Americans' views are all over the map: 28 percent want to expand the law, 19 percent leave it as is, 23 percent repeal it and replace it with a Republican-sponsored alternative, and 20 percent repeal it and not replace it.
Support for a "Republican-sponsored alternative" is considerably lower than support for "expand the law," and the inclusion of "Republican-sponsored alternative" means that "expand the law" actually means something akin to expanding the law. And so there you have it: 47 percent want to keep or expand health-care reform, and 43 percent want to repeal and/or replace. The "repeals" do not have it.
And that's not the only interesting part of the poll: As Greg Sargent notes, "when asked what they want done with the law if repeal fails, only 33 percent of Americans support cutting off funding to gut the law, versus 62 percent who disapprove of this course of action."
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