In it, but not of it. TPM DC
Last month, the newly minted Republican House voted to repeal the health care law. Yet that repeal effort was dead on arrival when it reached the Democratic-controlled Senate, and thus the law still stands. Still, it's likely that Americans misinterpreted that vote as having automatically dismantled the health care law by itself.
The results are a shocking finding given how contentious -- and highly publicized -- the battle over health care reform has been. Republicans made dismantling the health care overhaul a central plank of their midterm platform. As the 2012 presidential race heats up, health care looks poised to be a central issue in that contest as well.
On an issue that has often been defined more by sound bites than substance -- think 'death panels' and 'pull the plug on grandma' -- this shows just how misinformed Americans are on one of the biggest legislative battles currently being fought in Congress.