Obamacare Subsidies More Popular Than Same-Sex Marriage?

The first national poll out there measuring reactions to last week’s two big SCOTUS landmark cases is out, from CNN/ORC. Unsurprisingly, it showed a majority of Americans agreeing with Oberkefell v. Hodges, though the percentage was higher than one might have guessed, at 59%. But surprisingly, an even higher percentage–63%–said they agreed with the finding in King v. Burwell that “government assistance for lower-income Americans buying health insurance through both state-operated and federally-operated health insurance exchanges is legal.”

Yes, part of the reason for this result is that self-identified Democrats were more bullish about the Obamacare than the marriage equality decision. But the percentage for independents–long thought to dislike Obamacare by margins ranging from 2-1 to 3-2–was an identical 63%.

Now earlier polling had shown big majorities of the public having no clue that this constitutional challenge to Obamacare was coming. So the numbers CNN/ORC is showing represent another confirmation that the ideas incorporated in Obamacare are a lot more popular than the name, especially among those who are not necessarily responding to partisan cues. This is something Republicans better pay attention to when designing their replace/repeal agenda.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.