A new poll of likely voters conducted by McLaughlin & Associates finds that 59.8% want to see Obamacare repealed, with 44.3% of those respondents saying they would like to see the current health care reform law replaced by something better. These numbers represent a new high in the most extreme form of opposition to the benighted law. So much for Barack Obama’s early prognostications that once the public got to know the law, they would accept and even like it.
So much, too, for the recent spate of celebratory articles at liberal outlets stating that the law is here to stay. If Republicans take control of the Senate in six weeks, as is likely, and a repeal measure is placed on the president’s desk sometime in 2015, he will find himself between a Barack and a hard place. If he sticks to his guns and vetoes the bill, he will incur the wrath of three-fifths of Americans whose will he is defying. If, on the other hand, he capitulates, he is effectively consigning his lone “signature legislative achievement” — and legacy — to the scrap heap.