If President Obama's Affordable Care Act is on shaky ground after its disastrous website rollout, enrollment woes and dropped coverage for many Americans, California could be the epicenter of doubt.
A new statewide poll finds lukewarm support for the law known as Obamacare, with 50 percent of Golden State voters favoring it and only one-third, 33 percent, strongly favoring it.
The showing was so lukewarm in such a solid Democratic state that the director of the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, Dan Schnur, said this:
Even Californians who are very strongly supportive of health care reform are very measured in their expectations of what its impact is going to be. If deep blue California is this lukewarm about the Affordable Care Act, that suggests very heavy sweater weather at the national level.
Thirty-five percent of California voters said they'd like the Affordable Care Act stopped in its tracks. In fact one in three voters said that either themselves, family or friends have lost coverage as a result of the act.
Fifty-seven percent said they or someone they know had experienced insurance price hikes. And about one in four said they or someone they know had experienced reduced wages as a result of the law.
Forty-two percent of Californians are opposed to the act, the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll says.
This in a state where nine out of 10 voters are satisfied with health insurance as-is (as in, before Obamacare).
David Kanevsky, research director for Republican polling firm American Viewpoint, which conducted the poll with Democratic polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, says:
The problem from a political perspective is this is called the Affordable Care Act, and voters say it's not coming across as affordable. That creates a concern about its credibility. If people think you broke the system, it's very hard to make the electoral argument to let you fix the system they think you broke.
Nearly half of all voters — 48 percent — however, said California should carry on with implementing the Affordable Care Act, according to the poll.