Poll: Are Votes to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Still Politically Advantageous for Congressional Republicans?

“Preaching to the choir doesn’t increase what’s in the collection plate.”

Ariel Fernandez (L) sits with Noel Nogues, an insurance  advisor with UniVista Insurance company, as he signs up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before the February 15th deadline on February 5, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Numbers released by the government show that the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area has signed up 637,514 consumers so far since open enrollment began on Nov. 15, which is more than twice as many as the next large metropolitan area, Atlanta, Georgia.
National Journal
Feb. 13, 2015, midnight

Q: Are votes to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act still polit­ic­ally ad­vant­age­ous for con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans?

(Joe Raedle/Getty Im­ages)DEMO­CRATS (84 VOTES)

Very: 2%
Some­what: 35%
Not at all: 63%

Very

“Polit­ic­ally ad­vant­age­ous in that they are al­most all in safe dis­tricts and are hence play­ing to their tea-party primary con­stitu­en­cies.”

Some­what

“Makes the Dems look like big spend­ers. Even ACA sup­port­ers worry that their own costs will in­crease.”

“It keeps their base happy, but it makes them look ri­dicu­lous to the less-par­tis­an swing voters that they need.”

“The ACA re­mains poorly (miser­ably!) mes­saged by Demo­crats and some­what of a li­ab­il­ity.”

Not at all

“Fifty votes! Does the term ‘di­min­ish­ing mar­gin­al re­turns’ mean noth­ing to these people?”

“Voters have re­peatedly said they want it fixed, not re­pealed. This is a base ex­er­cise only.”

“This re­peal ef­fort is a joke un­less it’s a pre­lude to a ser­i­ous ef­fort to ne­go­ti­ate a re­view of the ACA in a bi­par­tis­an man­ner. Chances of that hap­pen­ing are close to zero.”

“We know the drill, and by now so does every­one else. Move on!”

“Preach­ing to the choir doesn’t in­crease what’s in the col­lec­tion plate.”

Q: Are votes to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act still polit­ic­ally ad­vant­age­ous for con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (87 VOTES)

Very: 26%
Some­what: 58%
Not at all: 16%

Very

“Still a hot-but­ton is­sue, and any GOP­er who votes not to re­peal will have the wrath of the tea party, or what’s left of it.”

“If com­bined with a re­form plan.”

“The votes are an im­port­ant part of pre­vent­ing base dis­af­fec­tion in an en­vir­on­ment where de­sired changes will be dif­fi­cult to achieve.”

“As the im­ple­ment­a­tion and court de­cisions un­fold, it has a po­ten­tial of lay­ing a good stra­tegic ground­work for 2016.”

Some­what

“Need to keep the base happy and at least try to keep cam­paign prom­ises.”

“This will be the first year IRS tax re­turns are im­pacted by the ACA — we will see.”

“When the small-busi­ness man­date kicks in, more con­stitu­ents will ask their mem­ber of Con­gress to re­peal the ACA.”

“On­go­ing hat tip to the faith­ful.”

“It re­minds con­stitu­ents they are try­ing, but there is a big obstacle in the White House.”

Not at all

“No minds be­ing changed — and makes GOP look like they don’t have an an­swer for real health care in­sur­ance con­cerns of reg­u­lar people.”

“It just looks like we’re wast­ing our time on something that won’t hap­pen un­til we get a new pres­id­ent.”

“Not un­til we have something cred­ible to re­place it with.”

“They raise ex­pect­a­tions for total re­peal when the real route to suc­cess lies in smal­ler meas­ures.”

… … … … … … … … .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders  Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders  Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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