Posted: 6:00 am Monday, May 12th, 2014

A hint of a pro-Obamacare backlash in AJC poll 

By Greg Bluestein

Gov. Nathan Deal’s refusal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare cuts both ways, an AJC poll released this weekend shows.

Clearly, Obamacare remains at the top of minds of voters. The poll shows that an overwhelming majority – 86 percent – views a candidate’s stance on the healthcare law as at least very important. And some 61 percent of voters believe it needs major modifications or should be scrapped altogether.

But there’s a soft spot in many Georgians’ heart for the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which would have provided as many as 650,000 low-income residents with health coverage thanks mostly to federal funding. Deal said he rejected the expansion because it would be too costly in the long run.

Only 13 percent of GOP voters said Deal’s hard-line stance made them more inclined to vote for the governor (most of those were Republicans presumably likely to vote for him regardless) but the more interesting number is on the other side of the ledger.

Some 40 percent of voters said it made them less likely to cast a ballot for the governor, including 42 percent of voters who identified themselves as independents. These typically right-leaning voters are crucial for Democrat Jason Carter’s campaign.

Click here to find the final numbers in a nifty interactive.

Deal said in January he sees any push for Medicaid expansion as an “intrusion into our rights as a state.” But as he keeps one eye on November, Obamacare hasn’t surfaced as it has in the GOP Senate primary, where the candidates’ efforts to outdo each other in their opposition had Republican strategist Eric Tanenblatt openly worrying it was “gimmicky.”

One final figure worth noting. When asked about whether Obamacare has helped or hurt voters and their families, a scant 16 percent said it had helped and 30 percent said it had hurt. But the leading answer, at 53 percent, was from voters who said it had no effect. Most of those respondents were Republicans.

91 comments
GraceD
GraceD

"Deal said  he sees any push for Medicaid expansion as an “intrusion into our rights as a state.” Tell that to anybody who is sick & needs care. You think States Rights take precedence? Deal can't possible be that ignorant!

I still dare him to stand outside of Children's Hospital & turn away a kid, who has no insurance. Of course, he will not do that. He doesn't have the guts to carry out his "convictions". 

Just another politician. Out for all he can get.

ArronHall
ArronHall

I consider myself under 61% of voters who believe that Obamacare need major modifications and or should be scrapped together. But Democrats will always create hindrance in it. So I decided to vote for Republicans as they seem to be committed to do modifications in this Law if they come in power. It’s a matter of another 6 months. Till then I got the way to turn this nightmare into number of opportunities after watching this video on http://freedomcarebenefits.com featuring the best way with proven tactics.

 

bigdoggie1
bigdoggie1

I'll be much happier when America joins the rest of the civilized world and has universal healthcare! I know it's tough to convince Tea-publicans that their Jesus would approve of universal healthcare; they soooo love their money over their fellow human!

bigdoggie1
bigdoggie1

I've been unemployed and under-employed for nearly two years. Deal's foolish, impudent refusal to help the most vulnerable residents of this state speak volumes concerning his disdain for those who don't pay tribute to Emperor "Raw" Deal!

Charles50
Charles50

So what Deal is saying is, I don't have any strong convictions on this.  I'll stand by my decision if I do well at the polls, but I'll consider accepting the money if I do poorly.

dgroy
dgroy

NONONONONO, Jim Galloway, you're trying to skew things again like you normally do.  Throw out the 53% that it doesn't have any effect on their lives, because probably the largest % of them are on Medicaid and most importantly, Medicare.  Using the AJC poll, by a TWO TO ONE MARGIN, it is being rejected as being hurtful to them.  Another lie/half lie coming from the democrats......not as bad as Jay Carney though, he lies every time he opens his mouth.

EricPearson
EricPearson

The Affordable Care Act literally saved my health insurance.  Without it, I'd be going to the emergency room for all my medical care.  "Obamacare" is a very, very good thing.  The only problem I see with it is that it doesn't go far enough.  Eventually though, it will.  This is just the beginning.  Thank you, Mr. President for having the foresight, integrity, compassion and balls to make this happen.  

WW5
WW5

was obamacare not supposed to be the end all and do all for those that couldn't afford insurance?  was that not the driving force for reform?  why is there even a need for medicare?  shouldn't these 650,000 low-income earners pay something, even for a cough drop?

Barves_Loss_Agian
Barves_Loss_Agian

Obamacrare is a joke. N E think that has death panles shuld not be alowed. 

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I believe that there is a newer, fresher Democratic Party emerging in Georgia which is beyond the old conservative Democratic Party in its vision. I believe that this newer Democratic Party in Georgia embraces more of the vision of egalitarianism. This Democratic Party will have a vision that we, as citizens, are "one, in communion with all others" for our mutual survival on the planet. This newer Democratic Party will know all people are truly equal, spiritually. When citizens and their leaders believe this to be true, then Democratic leaders will create legislation in Georgia which will support expanding Medicaid to poorer Georgians as a part of the ACA. It will follow that Democratic leaders will make sure that public education will be sustained and improved, and that innovative charter schools, which are not designed to diminish public education, will also improve the quality of education for Georgia's students. Inclusion of humanity will be valued more than exclusion of some over others because all citizens deserve a life with quality. Georgia's prison system will be made more humane and productive and will not be based on private profit. The minimum wage will be increased.

The new Democratic Party in Georgia will help to make Georgia a more humane state and will help to bring Georgia into the 21st Century, finally free of its old biases, prejudices, and insecurities (masked as corrupted self-serving power in which the so-called strong prey on and use the weak for their own mercenary reasons).

Vote for this newer, fresher Democratic Party and bring hope, faith, and authentic care for others - all others - into Georgia.

honested
honested

Anyone who is confused about the backlash against the 'repeal ACA' crowd, let's rephrase the central theme of each and every wrong-winger running for Congress in Georgia to reflect what they really want to do:


"I will go to Washington with one goal in mind, to strip Georgia Citizens of their newly acquired health insurance coverage!"


Doesn't sound like such a winning strategy when it is accurately stated now does it?

Bill66
Bill66

She's trying to slip one past the uninformed in her TV spots to appear as a conservative and she never uses the term "Democrat" in the ads.  Democrats will stoop to whatever level it takes.

DannyX
DannyX

@dgroy, seems to me that the Georgia Republicans in the state legislature are terrified Carter might win in November, why else would they change the law that takes the power to expand medicaid away from the governor if they were confident of a win in November.  Seems to me Deal was afraid too, after all he signed the bill.  

honested
honested

@WW5  

No, that which you speak of is called 'Single Payer'.

When we attain Single Payer it will demonstrate we have finally become a civilized country where Citizens have greater value than dollars.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@WW5 You obviously don't understand how Obamacare was set up. Medicare was a component of it. The SCOTUS said that the states didn't have to play. Some didn't. Their citizens are the ones not seeing any benefits . . . since GA is currently a GOP hotbed . . . with 650,000 of its citizens left out of Obamacare . . . is it any wonder that a majority of GA GOPers say that it had no effect - it had no effect because that's how the GOP legislature and governor wanted it.

bigdoggie1
bigdoggie1

@Barves_Loss_Agian  Good grief, you are most ignorant person on the entire internet! Your grammar, punctuation and spelling are atrocious! You must've been home-schooled!

P.S. Still have that mullet, Joe Dirt!

Charles50
Charles50

@Barves_Loss_Agian  Based on your comment and picture, it's obvious you live in the past.  There are no death panels.  

honested
honested

@MaryElizabethSings  

You help to define the most important aspect of the 2002 republiklan takeover.

It helped to scrape the conserrrrrrrrrrrrvative trash out of the Democratic Party and I hope for good.

Now, a clear thinking group of problem solvers with more in focus than clinging desperately to the failed ideology of the past.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Stated by a true tree-hugger.  Education and Democrats???  Please.  The most under-performing/cheating education districts in this state are in uber-Democratic areas like APS, DeKalb, South Fulton & Clayton.  I prefer not too turn the rest of the state into an educaton landfill.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Newly acquired health insurance???  Already had insurance pre-ObamaCare dufus.

Charles50
Charles50

@Bill66  So I guess "Conservative" is the new name the GOP is going by because that's all I hear the GOP candidates saying in their commercials.  Of course the Senate candidates seem to really envy David Perdue.  They keep using his "baby theme" in their ads.  Since whining seems to be what they do best, it's so appropriate.  

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

uninformed voter = the bread and butter of the GA liberal.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

It is a good tactic for her since "Democrat" in the red state of GA has a negative connotation.  This is the same strategy the liberal media uses when they purposely omit the Democrat moniker on politicians who make negative news.

honested
honested

@Bill66  

Yo genius, which slate of PARTY CANDIDATES was represented on stage?

DavidATL45
DavidATL45

@Bill66 I supposed "uninformed" means people who don't watch Fox News.  Give me a break.  The uninformed watch Fox News, a company run by foreigners. 

eloc35
eloc35

@consumedconsumer @WW5  Now how can they tell us how many qualify for medicare, but can't tell how many could have signed up on the exchange and got a "credit".  I thought that what the subsidizes were for?

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Hank "Guam is sinking" Johnson, Kasim "The impregnator" Reed, Jason "$20,000 dollars to sit by me in church" Carter, etc., etc. is the future of the lib party in GA???

Cons will be in power a long, long time.

JB-
JB-

@MiltonMan   I know everyone out in the suburbs likes to ridicule us urban folk, but here’s the thing. Young professionals and affluent empty-nesters are all moving to the city. That’s driving up housing costs here and lower income folks are moving near you for more affordable housing. At the same time places like Cobb are using tax incentives to lure businesses there (Braves) while promising to keep taxes low, thus not giving themselves enough cash to support the necessary infrastructure to support all this growth and influx of poor– transit, education for all those low income people etc.The best way to learn what a jerk you’ve been is to find yourself in the same position as the people you’ve been bashing, so Iooks like it will be upon you soon enough. Best of luck!


DS
DS

@MiltonMan  Over 300,000 Georgians have newly-acquired health insurance through ACA.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@MiltonMan  

Already had insurance pre-ObamaCare dufus[sic].

Oh, the irony!

honested
honested

@MiltonMan  

You ignore the obvious fact that many voters are finally able to purchase health insurance under the ACA.

Just how badly do you think they want to vote for some dimwit who wants nothing more than to take it away?

Just stick to trying to invent your little bankrupt county and leave the important issues to people who can count higher than their fingers and toes.

Lynn43
Lynn43

@MiltonMan  I am about as informed and educated as a person can get.  I eat, live, and breath politics.  I search for the truth and try to find "good" in people.  There is NOT a republican running, except for John Barge, that I will vote for.  I find no truth, common sense , positive ethics, or honesty in the entire group.  As a woman, I don't see how any female can support this group of woman haters.  As an educator, I don't see how anyone employed by a public school system can support this group of education destroyers.  And as a caring human being, I don't see how anyone can support this group of white men who want to deny healthcare to sick people.  They are just a horrible group of selfish, lying, white men.   

honested
honested

@The_Centrist  

How many folks who share that aged 'negative connotation' are you adding each day?

In contrast, how many Voters who view the term DEMOCRAT in a positive light are being added each day?

You end up short a few thousand narrow-minded-backward-lookers in every count.

honested
honested

@eloc35 @honested@consumedconsumer@Barves_Loss_Agian 

I don't pay them to have 'authority', I pay them to reimburse for medical costs.

This explains why Single Payer is a better option and I hope we can quickly move to it and be done with the for-profit-health-insurance-parasites as soon as possible.

honested
honested

@MiltonMan  

More delusions.

I guess you have no idea why your ideas are being abandoned by sentient folks.

DannyX
DannyX

@MiltonMan, you're more angry than usual MiltonMan, take a few deep breaths.

honested
honested

@JB- @MiltonMan 

I mean let's face it.....who in their right mind would want to move out there except to attain 'cheapness'?

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Milton, the city of 35,000 having a population density of about 1000 per square mile and 176 miles of road. The city that will pay somewhere around 1000 per man, woman and child every year to maintain those roads so they can drive into other places that provide jobs for them and help them to maintain their 99K per year per capita income. But about those less fortunate…

honested
honested

@MiltonMan  

If your derangement wasn't so obvious, maybe I could give you a job and teach you how society functions.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Ask yourself that the next time you look in the mirror Mr. bottom 10%.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Don't fret.  Graduating last in a Gwinnett school like you did = graduating first in your liberal buddies APS school. 

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

You are the APS-educated one there champ not me.