The Washington Times - October 16, 2013, 11:30AM

Half of polled Americans want to see the new health care law repealed or scaled back, a drop from the 57 percent who felt that way in January 2011, according to Gallup.

The percentage of people who want to see the law kept as it is or expanded has remained roughly unchanged during that period, rising from 37 percent to 38 percent.


The Affordable Care Act has played a pivotal role in gridlock on Capitol Hill, with a bloc of Republicans and handful of conservative senators pushing to defund Obamacare as part of any deal to fund federal operations and reopen shuttered parts of the federal government.

Many lawmakers now say the strategy was a failure and it is time to reach a deal before the GOP sinks further in the polls amid an ongoing government shutdown and the threat of default if Congress does not raise the nation’s debt limit.

Meanwhile, the rollout of online insurance markets tied to the health care law has been disastrous, with rampant computer problems thwarting users who wanted to enroll in private coverage, often with the help of income-based government subsidies.

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