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Fox News Poll Finds Slim Majority Continues To Oppose The Health Law

According to Fox News, opposition among voters has been above 50 percent for more than a year. Meanwhile, Politico Pro takes a look at the congressional district of the new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., where constituents who appear to be benefiting from new health law coverage are still supporting politicians like McCarthy, who want to repeal it. Also in the news, the overhaul and abortion issues come to light during a Colorado congressional campaign debate.  

Fox News: Fox News Poll: Slim Majority Continues To Oppose Obamacare
Opposition to the 2010 health care law has been above 50 percent for over a year. And that continues to be true, as the latest Fox News national poll finds voters oppose the law by a 52-41 percent margin. Support for Obamacare has been as high as 43 percent (May 2014) and gone as low as 36 percent (January 2014). The number opposing the law has ranged from 49 percent (June 2012) to a record-high 59 percent (January 2014). As in the past, the new poll shows that most Democrats favor Obamacare (74 percent), while most Republicans (84 percent) and independents (61 percent) are against it (Blanton, 8/14).

Politico Pro: Lots Of Newly Insured Back Home, But McCarthy’s Still Anti-Obamacare
Nearly 70,000 people in the Central Valley’s Kern County have gotten health care coverage this year because of Obamacare. But their congressman, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, faces no danger of those newly insured kicking him out of office for voting dozens of times to repeal the law. It’s a sharp disconnect, one that is taking place not just in McCarthy’s deep-red Bakersfield district but in many other Republican districts throughout the country ahead of the 2014 midterm elections: Constituents benefiting from Obamacare coverage aren’t turning against the politicians who want to repeal it. And even as Obamacare beneficiaries grow into the millions, there doesn’t appear to be a tipping point in the near future when Republicans’ opposition to the health care law could actually hurt them politically (Haberkorn, 8/14).

The Associated Press: Candidates Clash In Colorado Congressional Debate
[Rep. Mike] Coffman said he opted out of the congressional health plan and bought his insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchange, which was significantly worse. “If every member of congress did what I did, Obamacare would not be standing today,” he said, earning cheers and boos when he called for repealing the law. Romanoff replied: “It’d be a good idea to fix the law rather than repeal it and replace it with nothing but empty phrases.” Romanoff supports abortion rights and Coffman opposes them (8/14).

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