In this election year, the party of no seems to have just one trick up its sleeve, the same trick they’ve had over the last three and a half years; obstruction. Just like the last several years, the issue is over the President’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act. For the most part, the American people want none of the obstruction. They want Congress to move on to bigger and better things.
Since its passage, the Republican party has hinged the majority of its platform on the law’s repeal. They tried the courts, and as of last week they failed, since the Supreme Court ruled that the law is constitutional. They’ve tried the legislative route, and they failed to repeal it. They are going to try the legislative route again. It will fail again.
Mitt Romney is debating making it the cornerstone of his Presidential campaign, but the problem is, Americans are sick of it. In the minds of many Americans, even those who are against the law, it’s settled. It’s time to pay attention to the economy.
According to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, overall, 56% of Americans think Republicans should abandon their efforts to overturn the law. Not surprisingly, 82% of Democrats want the law to stand. That view is shared by 51% of independents and 26% of Republicans.
69% of Republicans want to see the law overturned, along with 41% of independents and 14% of Democrats. The group that is most angry about the law, is the Tea Party.
Most voters say it won’t impact their likelihood to vote in November, but Republicans are more energized over the issue than Democrats, 31% to 18%.
However, in the political messaging arena, four months is a very long time. During that four months, the Obama campaign can do a lot to change minds. In fact, during the five days since the ruling, approval for the Affordable Care Act has risen to 50%.
Focus on this issue, to the exclusion of others, could prove to be detrimental to not only Romney’s chances in November, but the chances of congressional and state Republicans. Voters want to see a party who can offer them something positive, they want leaders who want to move the country forward, not backwards.