American’s by a large margin see that the Affordable Care Act, forever to be known as Obamacare, will harm the U.S. economy according to a new Gallup poll.
The overall difference is mirrored almost exactly among independent voters.
Here’s what Gallup has to say about the findings:
Proponents of the ACA argue that it has many benefits, including in particular decreasing the number of Americans who don’t have health insurance. Opponents argue against it partly on philosophical grounds, decrying the ACA’s reliance on government to control this personal aspect of Americans’ lives. The practical impact of the law on the healthcare system and the economy will not be fully known until it has been place and medical providers and consumers react to the changes.
But with the economy continuing to top the list of Americans’ perceived most important problems facing the country, the impact of the ACA on the national economy is a major consideration. The current data show that Americans are as divided on the question of the ACA’s economic impact as they are on the bill itself, heavily along political lines. But Americans’ overall tilt toward the view that the ACA will hurt the economy may be a liability for President Obama and the ACA’s proponents.
It will only be a liability if the Romney campaign can figure out what it’s message about Obamacare actually is…