I want to be careful not to get too upbeat about some…um…positive political and legal developments this week but one wonders if perhaps the ice might start cracking a bit. I’d guess not—that we’re still stuck with horribly divisive politics and the ensuing gridlock for a while.
But on occasion today—a day filled with fractious debates about the health care decision and other matters of political economy—I had a vision that perhaps some Americans who are currently disengaged, dissatisfied, and suspicious about anything coming out of the DC debate might see things a little differently…just a little…maybe…
That is, I wondered if some people might see the President and his allies trying to deal with a big problem—one that looms large in their own lives: insecurity around health coverage, while the opposition is almost purely negative: It’s a tax! Repeal and replace! Government overreach!
I’m just wondering if there comes a point where people who are not firmly on one side or the other—those folks won’t change their minds—start to view all that opposition as counterproductive. A conservative Supreme Court made the call, and the ACA is now solidly the law of the land. I can imagine non-partisans essentially seeing the relentless opposition as bad losers. And America doesn’t like bad losers.*
This is a testable hypothesis. If I’m right, then I’d expect to see polling data start to show move favorable views towards the ACA. Obviously, they’ll be tremendous noise trying to drag public opinion the other way, but that’s been in the ether for a while now.
Let’s see what happens.
Have a great weekend, OTE’ers everywhere!
*Like this guy from the NYT: “Every provision of Obamacare must be repealed, not selective parts of it,” said Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa. “Obamacare must be ripped out completely, lock, stock and barrel, root and branch — no vestige left behind, not a DNA particle of Obamacare retained.”
A touch shrill…no?