Can Obama finally make ObamaCare popular?

The Supreme Court's upholding of the president's health care law was a huge relief for Team Obama. Yet many Americans still aren't supportive of ObamaCare

President Obama speaks at the White House following the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act on June 28: A new poll shows that more Americans support the health care law than bef
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A new Reuters/Ipsos poll is the first to show a significant bump in the percentage of Americans in favor of ObamaCare since the Supreme Court upheld the president's biggest domestic achievement: Support among Republicans rose a modest 5 points, to a still-dismal 19 percent, but independents swung 11 points, now backing ObamaCare 38 percent to 62 percent opposed. Still, even in this hopeful poll for Obama, a majority of voters oppose the law, if by a narrower 52-48 percent split. And support for the individual parts of the law were mostly unchanged: The popular parts are still as popular, the individual mandate (or tax) is still as unpopular. Obama and the Democrats are divided on whether to talk up the newly validated law or move on to other topics. Can Obama still make his big legislative victory a political one, too?

This is Obama's shot at a do-over: Chief Justice John Roberts just gave "Obama the miraculous opportunity to get right what he screwed up" when ObamaCare passed, says Frank Rich at New York. This is "a fresh chance to explain to voters exactly what this bill is and what is good about it." Independents will already be moved by the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" from the Supreme Court, but Obama can seal the deal if he'll finally "seize the moment to make it absolutely clear" what Americans will gain from ObamaCare.

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