Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went to the Senate floor yesterday to complain about – what else? – the Affordable Care Act, though I’m not sure he’s thought through his new argument.
“Unsurprisingly, just 12 percent of Americans think the rollout has gone well. That’s less than 14 percent of Americans who believe in Bigfoot.”
Yeah, those silly “Obamacare” proponents certainly look foolish now, don’t they? More Americans believe in Bigfoot than believe the open-enrollment period on the Affordable Care Act’s website has gone well. When just 12% of the country is impressed, there must be a dramatic problem.
Of course, there are a couple of inconvenient details McConnell neglected to mention. For example, just 12% of Americans think the rollout has gone well, but that’s a greater percentage of Americans than believe Congress is doing a good job.
What’s more, while support for Congress and Republicans is in free fall, recent polls suggest the Affordable Care Act is getting more popular, not less.
In other words, when McConnell mocks the health care system’s website problems, he’s punching up, targeting a law that’s more popular than his Congress is.
If McConnell works really hard, maybe his institution can recover to Bigfoot-like levels, but that doesn’t appear likely anytime soon.