The Supreme Court ruling on health care did not win the law new supporters – but, in a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll, it does look like Americans want to see the national debate move past the law.
Fifty-six percent of all those surveyed want to see the law’s opponents “move on to other national issues” rather than “continue to block the law from being implemented:”
This poll won’t thrill Republicans. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling, they quickly pivoted to measures to stall Obamacare. Some are symbolic: A House vote to repeal the health reform law, scheduled for next week, is dead-on-arrival in the Senate. Some, like Republican governors opting out of the Medicaid expansion, are more concrete.
All of them though, are intended to do one thing: Make the future of health reform appear in limbo, part of a continuing debate over the law.
This Kaiser poll suggests that’s not how most Americans see the issue. Even though a lot of people don’t like the law – only 41 percent rated it favorably in this same poll – it looks like most see it as the law of the land going forward.
One other noteworthy finding from the Kaiser poll: It found 41 percent of Americans to be unaware of the Supreme Court decision.
That isn’t due to any dearth of news coverage. The decision story was front page news Friday pretty much everywhere in the country. But most Americans won’t notice the benefits until 2014, when 30 million gain coverage through Medicaid and private insurance. Until then, health reform isn’t something most Americans are obsessing about. And they think Washington should follow their lead.