Voters Sick Of Health Care Debate

July 12, 2012 | By
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Washington (CNN) — Thomas Dean is sick of all the congressional bickering over the health care law.

Sure, the small town doctor understands the law’s technical nuances and what’s at stake for the millions of people covered by President Barack Obama’s biggest policy achievement.

Sure, he knows the law has its problems and that House Republicans are pushing — for the 33rd time — to repeal what has become known as “Obamacare,” or parts of it.

But Dean, who is one of only three physicians in Wessington Springs, South Dakota, a town of roughly 1,000 people, has had just about enough of the time-consuming arguments on Capitol Hill.

“It’s complicated and it’s easily manipulated and easily demagogued. I’m tired of the politics. … The gridlock has hurt us for sure,” Dean said as he took a break from his rounds. “We need to move forward with what we have.”

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Dean is not alone in his exasperation. Americans have long held entrenched positions on the Affordable Care Act. According to a CNN/ORC International poll conducted immediately after the Supreme Court upheld the law two weeks ago, 52% of those polled said they favored all or most of the law’s provisions, while 47% opposed them.

Those types of numbers “have been set in stone” since the law’s passage in 2010, said Mollyann Brodie, senior vice president for public opinion and survey research for the Kaiser Family Foundation.

A similar poll conducted by Kaiser just after the ruling found that 47% of those polled were in favor of the ruling, 43% were against and 10% were unsure.

“The sense of voter fatigue depends on the voter’s (political) position,” Brodie said. “Those in favor are tired of this ongoing debate and want opponents to drop their efforts. For Republicans and those who oppose the law, they are absolutely content to keep going.”

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