A healthcare policy by any other name. Photo: (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Corbis)
A new NBC-Marist poll in Kentucky shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) barely leading challenger Alison Lundergran Grimes (D) in their closely-watched U.S. Senate race, 46 percent to 45 percent.
But the more important numbers in the survey are about ObamaCare.
The poll finds that registered voters dislike ObamaCare by a wide margin, 57 percent to 33 percent. No surprise, right?
However, when voters were asked to give their impression of "Kynect," the state exchange created as a result of the health care law, the findings were very different with a plurality in favor, 29 percent to 22 percent.
Coincidentally or not, these results come as Republican attacks on President Obama's landmark health care law have all but stopped.
The Hill reports that House Republicans "have no scheduled votes or hearings on ObamaCare, signaling a shift in the party's strategy as the White House rides a wave of good news on the law. Not a single House committee has announced plans to attack the health care law in the coming weeks."
In fact, Greg Sargent notes that one Democratic House candidate "is running a new ad hitting Republicans specifically for wanting to end Kentucky Kynect, as opposed to wanting to repeal ObamaCare."
It appears that voters actually like ObamaCare — as long as you call it something else.
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