Commentary Magazine


ObamaCare Doing Nothing for Democrats’ Political Prospects

We were assured by the White House spin squad that ObamaCare was the solution to the administration’s doldrums and the only way for the Democrats to avoid disaster this November. It doesn’t seem to be working out that way, either for the president or his party.

Obama is geting no lift from ramming through a bill the public dislikes:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16. . .[H]is Approval Index rating is now back to where it was last Sunday, just before the House voted in favor of his health care plan. All the bouncing of the past week has come among Democrats. There has been virtually no change in the opinions of Republicans and unaffiliated voters.

And while it may be shocking for those buying White House spin, there’s ample evidence that it’s a weight around Democrats’ ankles in key swing states:

Florida voters dislike the new healthcare law so much that President Barack Obama and the state’s top Democrat, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, are paying a hefty political price, according to a new survey and analysis by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. Only 34 percent of Florida voters support the new law while 54 percent are against it, according to the poll. Opposition is significantly strong among two crucial blocs: those older than 65 and voters with no party affiliation. Seniors disfavor the bill by a 65-25 percent margin, while independents oppose the law 62-34.

Nelson isn’t on the ballot this year, but Floridians will have congressional contests as well as one Senate and a gubernatorial race in which to express their sentiments. Unless there’s a remarkable turnaround, it seems that ObamaCare is not proving to be the cure-all the Obami promised to gullible House Democrats.