The New York Times reports that "a veteran Republican campaign consultant," speaking on the condition of anonymity and in an apparent time warp, said, "Anytime Republicans are debating taxes and the economy, we’re winning. Anytime we’re debating health care, they’re winning." In 2008, this might well have been true. But in 2012, well over two years into the era of Obamacare, it's an amazing and head-scratching statement.
Polling shows Americans overwhelmingly want Obamacare to be repealed, and that they consider health care to be by far Obama's weakest issue. A Newsweek/Daily Beast poll taken after the Supreme Court's Obamacare ruling shows likely voters give Obama a grizzly net approval rating of -21 points on "health care" (37 percent approve of his performance on this issue, while 58 percent disapprove), compared to a semi-respectable rating of -2 points on “the economy” (47 percent approve, 49 percent disapprove). A CNN poll taken after the ruling shows that, by the colossal margin of 60 to 38 percent, voters in battleground states favor repealing Obamacare. That same poll shows that, nationwide, independents support repeal even more than voters as a whole do. Oh, and Republicans swung 63 House seats their way principally by running against Obamacare in 2010—and, this November, voters will get their first shot at Obamacare's architect.
The statement quoted in the Times, however, does show one thing. It shows that Obama's transparently false contention that Americans simply want to move on from the Obmacare debate—because it's somehow an insult to the American people to let them decide this issue in the voting booth—is apparently convincing to at least one audience: veteran Republican consultants.