In terms of public opinion, then, I think you get less insight from a poll question behind the headline -- "do you approve or disapprove of the health care law that was enacted in 2010?" -- than from specific, immediately understandable parts of the bill.
The health care reform initiative undertaken by President Obama and Congress has taken a good first step in addressing the financial inequities that have kept some consumers out of the health care market. Much more needs to be done.
One of the reasons why Congress has been largely unable to make the American health care system more efficient and equitable is because of the stranglehold lobbyists for special interests have on the institution.
It would be to President Obama's long-term political advantage to give his fellow Democrats subtle signals that they can act to repeal IPAB, killing a "mistake" that serves no purpose except to chop Medicare budgets.
The closest thing to real death panels that operate in this country are not run by a bunch of government bureaucrats but by a bunch of corporate bureaucrats who work deep inside U.S. insurance companies.
As is the case with any legislation, there is room for improvement in the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, we should eliminate the IPAB, a board of unelected officials responsible for making cuts to Medicare.
You can't look at a paper without some politician sermonizing on how we spend too much on health care. The question is: Can we reduce the cost of getting sick or, better yet, reduce the likelihood of illness?