Joel Benenson: Weak support for Obamacare repeal

An Obamacare leaflet is pictured. | Reuters

| Reuters Close By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 7/30/13 11:41 AM EDT Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare have middling public support at best, including among GOPers and in states carried last year by Mitt Romney, a new Democratic polling memo states. The interested parties memo by President Barack Obamas pollster Joel Benenson, obtained by POLITICO, asserts that GOP efforts to repeal the presidents signature health care law barely have majority support of their own voters and that Republicans are embracing a political loser by continuing to fight implementation. Playbook Lunch: Krueger on effects of Obamacare TOP complaints about Obamacare Voters of all ages, across states, regions, suburbs and rural areas are united in their belief that Republicans need to stop these diversions and start moving forward, wrote Benenson in the memo. Indeed, barely half (51%) of all Republicans want them to continue these futile votes to repeal a law that has been passed by Congress, signed by the President, upheld by the Supreme Court and is currently being implemented, Benenson wrote. The only voters still siding with Congressional Republicans in this destructive charade is the sliver of the electorate that constitutes their base: deeply conservative voters, and even 30% of them say Republicans should move on. He added, Even in states carried by Governor Romney in 2012, just 1 in 3 voters would like to see the GOPs efforts to undermine healthcare reform continue, and the same goes for the 10 decisive Battleground States. According to Benensons breakdown, a majority of voters call the repeated repeal votes a waste of time. And the numbers among conservatives in favor of attempts to roll back the law are not overwhelming. The ongoing Republican obsession with undermining Obamacare is helping drive perceptions that they are divorced from the issues and struggles Americans are facing, he writes. In a recent survey we conducted for the DNC, only 29% of voters said that ideas and policies of Republicans in Congress were in line with the views of ordinary Americans. He adds: Meanwhile 62% described them as out of touch with ordinary Americans and the remainder did not know.
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U.S. official challenges claim that Obamacare hurts workers

Tavenner’s characterization of the business impact as isolated angered Republicans at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, who accused Tavenner of being out of touch with concerns among businesses. “It seems like you’re living in some cocoon,” said Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Tavenner, a former nurse who is widely respected as a policy expert without partisan allegiances, replied that Obamacare’s approaching implementation has come as good news for businesses that want to provide health coverage for their workers. “I’ve met with large employers in Georgia and Florida. I’ve met with small employers. I’ve been all across this country,” Tavenner said. “I actually talked to over 1,000 small businesses in Miami a couple months ago, and what they’re doing is, they’re trying to learn about the law and see if they can make it work for them.” Earlier this week, the White House also took aim at economic criticisms of healthcare reform by releasing data it said shows no evidence that the law has affected job growth, reduced worker hours or caused healthcare costs to skyrocket.
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