Obamacare still angers conservative voters, focus groups say

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

A year may have passed since Obamacare was passed, but conservatives are still angry as hell about it.

Expect the legislation to play a large role in the 2012 elections, according to John McLaughlin, who recently conducted a series of focus groups for the research group Resurgent Republic. The group is run by the some of the country’s best-known Republicans.

“My guess it it’s going to be a big election issue next year,” McLaughlin said in an interview. “People want control of their own health-care choices.”

The Daily Caller obtained a copy of the results, which are being released Friday, from Resurgent Republic’s latest focus groups with self-identified strong Republicans and Tea Party voters.

When it comes to President Obama’s health care law among these voters, the perception of these voters has hardly changed: the intensity remains strong and they still want it repealed, McLaughlin said.

“They’re definitely fired up,” he said. “They definitely would like an opportunity to go out and try things in the next election.” (Social Security becomes a pawn in debt talks)

McLaughlin also said these voters are overwhelmingly pessimistic about the economy and, unlike focus groups conducted last year, they don’t see an end in sight to the economic downturn.

“What’s interesting is they’re really focused on economics, they’re really focused on how bad things are,” he said. “Very pessimistic attitudes. They see it getting worse.”

Resurgent Republic, which is run by a board of directors that includes veteran GOP operative Ed Gillespie, is a 501(c)(4) organization that seeks to do on the right what the liberal group Democracy Corps has done on the left.

  • pitter43

    The truth is, you’d have to be a moron ( obama voter ) for it to NOT anger you.

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  • doncicciofitipaldi

    Baecuse “conservative voters” live in their own bubble and reject any piece of information that contradicts the beliefs Faux news and talk radio has put into their feeble minds.


    • truthhasnoagenda

      Obamacare forces insurance companies to accept patients with preexisting conditions, which means you can wait until after you get sick or injured before you buy insurance policy, and the ins. company cannot turn you down. This will bankrupt insurance companies, and it is by design.

      btw, the #1 denier of claims? Medicare, not any private ins. company.

    • nlohu

      Your name should start as dunce……

  • designerrant

    I hope everyone maintains their anger until 2012. I also want a Republican candidate who will challenge and call Obama out on all his lame ideas when the debates happen.

    • doncicciofitipaldi

      lol. Good luck with that! You can’t cahellenge Obama with teh same old ideas that ruined us 2001-2009. Try sometrhing new if you have it. too bad for you YOU DON’T. SAME OLD LAME IDEAS ABOUT LOW TAXES FOR THE RICH, NO REGULATION, NO GAYS, NO ABORTIONS, NO SOCIAL NET, BLA BLA BLA……..NEXT!!!!

      • truthhasnoagenda

        The “rich” already pay more than the rest of us, it’s called a progressive tax rate system. The top 1% pay almost half of all taxes while the bottom 49% pay none.
        We want less regulation, only sensible regulatiuon.
        It’s your Islamic terrorist allies who execute gays, not Republicans.
        We want a societal safety net, not a safety hammock. Nor do we want to pay for safety hammock’s for the 3rd World.

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  • Joe Astroturf

    Here comes the death panels people. More than 17,000 women with late-stage breast cancer rely on a drug called Avastin to extend and save their lives. But the drug may be taken away as a treatment option for most doctors and patients if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has its way. Such a decision would bankrupt families, create a two-tier health care system in the United States, and literally kill women and seniors who are denied access to the drug. The stakes could not be higher. This is one of the reason I wrote this song “Teapartiers I can’t hear you” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJfboOindCo. Older Vets and citizens don’t let them do this to your wife and loved ones. Nancy Pelosi will get her care if she needs it.
    Here’s a verse

    Doctors are retiring earlier but we’re getting 17000 new IRS
    This is how Obama creates health care jobs I guess
    For 234 years this country’s been God’s blessing.
    Now he’s following Cloward and Piven’s to bankrupt the country I’m guessing
    If Obamacare gives Grandma and Grandpa a scare
    Think how when their rationed and die earlier we’ll save on healthcare

    Hey guys if you fought at Iwo or the Chosen
    when they stop giving your wife her meds and her last breath comes over her face
    you’ll find comfort knowing Nancy’d gladly take her place.

    • doncicciofitipaldi


      • nlohu

        How is the unemployment check?

    • pitter43

      Think we can get nancy to take her place today? It’d sure help America out.

  • barryswhitehalf

    Nice photo up there demonstrating that libturds of a feather flock together.