Public support for Obamacare is falling

This is from the National Journal:

The share of Americans who believe that President Obama’s health care plan will “make things better” for the middle class, their own families, and the country overall has tumbled sharply since last September, underscoring the administration’s formidable public-relations challenge as it prepares to roll out the sweeping legislation’s key remaining elements.

The latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll also revealed a deep racial schism in expectations about the law, with whites far more skeptical than minorities that the Affordable Care Act will benefit not only their own families but the country as a whole.

By contrast, the survey found that a majority of Americans across racial lines believe the law will help both the poor and the uninsured. Those findings, combined with the widespread doubt among whites about the law’s personal impact, confounds the hope of Democratic political strategists who once heralded health care reform as an opportunity to demonstrate that government could provide tangible benefits to average families. Instead, the survey suggests that many Americans—particularly working-class whites—view the health care law essentially as a transfer payment that will benefit the needy but not their own family. In that way, the law so far appears to be reinforcing the broadly shared skepticism about government activism among whites that it was meant to dispel.

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