- The Washington Times - Monday, September 16, 2013

A new survey finds that just over half of Americans disapprove of the new health care law while 42 percent approve of it.

The Pew Research Center and USA Today released findings Monday that say approval of the Affordable Care Act ticked upward after the Supreme Court upheld the law last year, but “opinions are now as negative as they have been any point since the bill’s passage.”

But the 53 percent of respondents who view the reforms unfavorably are split on what lawmakers should do about it.

About half those who disapprove, at 27 percent, say lawmakers “should do what they can to make the law work as well as possible,” while 23 percent say officials should do what they can to make it fail.

The finding reflects an intra-party conflict among House Republicans this month, as a conservative wing of the party demands that a deal to continue government spending past Sept. 30 or to lift the debt ceiling contain a provision that defunds Obamacare.

President Obama and top Democrats have signaled any delay or disruption to the health care law is a “nonstarter” and cannot be on the negotiating table.

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