In an attempt to make the Affordable Care Act more palatable to the average American, pollsters Stan Greenberg (a Democrat) and Whit Ayers (a Republican) rephrased the Democrats’ position, to make it sound less drastic than repealing the whole thing. Republicans have made no secret of their desire to “repeal and replace” the sweeping law, but Democrats’ position is essentially to keep it — they have not presented any official position toward changing aspects of the law, but you wouldn’t know that reading this poll question.
The poll asked swing state voters their opinions based on the positions of the two parties’ presidential candidates, although they don’t use their names in the setup. Here are the options, explicitly identified with each party:
The Republican candidate says we should repeal ObamaCare, and replace it with reforms that will specifically address health insurance problems such as stopping insurance companies from canceling policies or denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition. We do not need a massive 2,700 page bill that will lead to a federal government takeover of our health care system.
The Democratic candidate says the Supreme Court has spoken and it’s now time for us to move forward. We should make improvements in the Affordable Care Act, but we must never again allow insurance companies to set lifetime limits if you get sick, discriminate if you have a pre-existing condition, charge more because you’re a woman, or drop young people up to age 26.