The pressure to repeal ObamaCare is mounting.
Rasmussen’s latest poll shows that 57 percent of Americans favor repealing ObamaCare while only 39 percent oppose repealing it. This result has been largely steady since the bill passed last March:
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 57% favor repeal of the health care law passed by Congress in March, with 47% who Strongly Favor it. Thirty-nine percent (39%) oppose repeal, including 29% who are Strongly Opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
These figures are little changed from last week and support for repeal has remained constant for months. In weekly tracking since the bill became law, voter support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63%.
While public pressure is staying consistent, the numerous legal challenges are making progress. It is understood by many that any Congressional effort to repeal ObamaCare while Harry Reid controls the Senate and Obama remains in the White House will fail, the courts offer a bit of hope for most Americans.
A federal judge in Ohio has allowed a legal challenge to ObamaCare to move forward, which marks the third court effort to strike down the law. From The Hill:
A decision this week by a federal judge in Ohio marks at least the third time a legal challenge to Democrats’ healthcare law has been allowed to go forward, underscoring the extent to which the legal push for repeal is gaining momentum.
While top-ranking Republicans have acknowledged that they won’t be able to fulfill their campaign promise to “repeal and replace” the law so long as a Democrat sits in the White House, many see promise in the court fight against it. A number of Republicans have signed onto a 21-state challenge to the law that seems almost certain to end up at the Supreme Court.
Newly elected governors in at least five states are also preparing to join the fray, even as advocates of the law push back.
In this article, The Hill cites Robert Alt from the Heritage Foundation. Alt claims that if some courts successfully strike down provisions in the health care law, the ripple effect could sway the mood in Congress:
Robert Alt, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said the interest from Republicans in the lawsuit stems partly from the midterm elections.
“Don’t underestimate the fact that the election results really created a strong impetus for the Republicans to demonstrate that they’re taking an active role” in repealing the law, Alt said.
He added that the legal challenges could have repercussions in Congress over the next two years, especially for Democrats in conservative districts where Tea Party groups are hosting regular readings of the Constitution.
“If you start to see a drumbeat from the courts that yes, some of these provisions are unconstitutional, that’s going to create very uncomfortable circumstances for some members.”
If that predication proves to be true, the 25 percent of Democrats that already favor repealing ObamaCare may swell to a number that allows for a veto-override majority. Sure that is a long-shot, but it should not be discounted as an option.