The first week of Obamacare was rocky as millions of people jammed healthcare exchange websites, and this was accompanied by Ted Cruz’s 21 hour fake-filibuster and the GOP Government Shutdown.
Regardless, public approval of Obamacare has actually gone up since the Republicans decided to begin executing the hostages.
A new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll finds that 38 percent of Americans say Obamacare is a good idea, which represents a 7-point jump from last month. It’s the third-highest popularity rating for Obamacare — which typically doesn’t poll well as a whole, even though Americans tend to support its individual provisions — since the health law was first enacted.
The poll also finds that 50 percent of voters don’t want to eliminate funding for the health reform law, and the vast majority are opposed to tying Obamacare to the ongoing negotiations over the government shutdown.
The Republican party’s approval rating is in the toilet, President Obama’s approval rating is up, and Obamacare’s approval rating is up.
It’s not clear yet how this is all going to end, but it does seem clear that this has been a disaster for Republicans. And it’s unlikely that their poll numbers will improve before it ends. They may even get worse.