Just hours after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last week, Mitt Romney held a press conference behind a banner that pledged to “Repeal and replace Obamacare.” But he spent most of that press conference — and much of the last few days — talking about the “repeal.” But today’s ABC News/Washington Post poll suggests that the Republican presidential candidate should devote more time to the second part of his message.
The poll, conducted by Langer Research Associates, found that voters overwhelmingly shun Romney’s “plans for the health care system.” Only 30 per cent view Romney’s plans favourably, compared with 47 per cent who view it unfavorably (including 30% who view it strongly unfavorably.)
President Barack Obama doesn’t exactly light up the polls with his own health care plans. 40-eight per cent actually view his plans unfavorably, but 45 per cent see them in a favourable light, which is 15 points better than Romney.
Here’s a look at the difference between the two candidates, along with the U.S.’s opinion on the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling:
Photo: Langer Research/ABC/Washington Post
Romney has constantly been in a pickle on the subject of health care as far back as the Republican primary season. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney enacted a plan similar to the Affordable Care Act. On Monday, his top adviser was forced to agree with Obama that the individual mandate provision is not a tax, because his plan in Massachusetts had an even higher “penalty” or “tax” than Obamacare.
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