Public Again Out of Touch with Washington?

Republicans are filled with an unchained glee by the missteps and bumbles of the Obamacare website roll-out. Meanwhile, people who support the law and care about people getting coverage not only lament the debacle in human terms but also see a chance to show how government can concretely deliver benefits for people’s lives being squandered for trivial reasons. And yet, if you look at the polls, through this process, support for the law has either held steady or even bumped up while all of this has been happening. It’s too early to say how this is affecting public perceptions of the law. But even the short-term repercussions may not be what we’d imagine.