Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius told reporters on a year-end conference call, regarding Obamacare: "I think it's important that folks understand that there is no going back." But the vast majority of American voters disagree with her.
By a 19-point margin, Americans now think that Obamacare—which stands to give Sebelius unprecedented levels of largely unchecked power—is more likely to be repealed than not. According to the latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters, 52 percent of Americans now regard repeal as likely, while only 33 percent regard it as unlikely. (The remaining 15 percent are undecided.)
Americans' belief that Obamacare won't ultimately survive has been greatly buoyed in the months following the Democrats' passage of the massive overhaul in March. Shortly thereafter, by a margin of 13 percentage points, Americans regarded Obamacare's repeal as unlikely: Only 39 percent of likely voters then thought Obamacare would be repealed, while 52 percent thought it wouldn't be. Thus, the current poll marks a 32-point shift against Obamacare's likelihood of survival.
What a difference a year makes. Last Christmas, the Democrats were ramming Obamacare through the Senate in open defiance of public opinion. This Christmas, 69 Democrats on Capitol Hill are clearing out their offices to make way for Republicans, and the vast majority of Americans think that Obamacare will eventually be sent packing as well.