- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Obamacare will play a role in how Americans vote in November’s midterm elections but it is hardly a sure-fire winner for either party, according to a new survey.

The Bankrate Health Insurance Pule survey found more than half of Americans (52 percent) would like to see major or minor changes to the Affordable Care Act, 30 percent would repeal it and only 12 percent would keep it intact.

Forty-four percent of people said Obamacare will be a “major factor” in how they vote in this year’s congressional contests, 24 percent deemed it a minor factor and a quarter said it was not a factor at all. Seven percent were not sure or did not answer.

The health care law has been a major partisan flashpoint since its passage in 2010, with Republican insisting the law should be scrapped and replaced with alternate reforms.

Bankrate found 61 percent of those who identify as Republican say Obamacare will be a major factor in how they vote, compared to 40 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of independents.

Senate Republicans have made Obamacare the centerpiece of their attempt to retake the chamber — and control of Capitol Hill — at the ballot box this fall.

“I think Obamacare is a midterm issue; I don’t think it’s the issue,” said Dante Scala, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire, according to Bankrate. “In these results, you’ve got 8 out of 10 Republicans saying, ‘Either make major changes or repeal’ … 7 out of 10 Democrats saying, ‘Either keep it or tweak it a little,’ and independents, who are evenly divided among the options. This seems to be an issue on which people’s opinions have been settled for some time.”