Let’s begin with the unpopularity, then move on to the substantive issues. Sooner or later, the latter will impact the former. A new poll reveals that the same people who re-elected this president by a three-point margin still oppose his signature “accomplishment” by double-digits. Independents remain particularly sour on the law, the worst bits of which are slated for implementation over the next two years. In Jeffrey Anderson’s write-up of CNN’s poll, he explains why voters didn’t unequivocally embrace Obamaism on November 6th (via Mary Katharine Ham):
According to polling by CNN, registered voters oppose Obamacare by a margin of 10 points — 52 to 42 percent. Independents like Obamacare even less, opposing it by a margin of 22 points — 57 to 35 percent. Clearly, voters didn’t think they were ratifying Obamacare when they pulled the lever for Obama.
I say the worst elements are slated to be implemented in 2013 and 2014 because implementation itself is proving to be a truly jaw-dropping nightmare of astonishing proportions. The Wall Street Journal noted a major component of the coming dysfunction: