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Q: In the wake of King v. Burwell, is it politically wise for Republicans to continue pursuing repeal of Obamacare?

Supporters rally in front of the Supreme Court after the court's announcement of the decision affirming the Affordable Care Act on June 25, 2015, in Washington, DC. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

DEMOCRATS (84 VOTES)

Yes: 10%No: 90%

Yes

"Yes in the primaries—political reasons—but no in the general."

"It appeals to their base, but not much beyond that. But for most of them, gerrymandering has ensured that their only constituency is their base."

"Say it. Don't do it."

No

"Republicans and health care is a bad combo. Obamacare is baked into the political cake. Republicans should leave it alone."

"It's the law of the land. Get over it."

"They should and will use this political football as a fundraising tool, as they do with abortion. There is no real intent to do anything—just make noise and dollars."

"More credible and useful to propose long-term solutions to keep consumer costs down."

"Unless you are running for president and your numbers aren't high enough for the debates."

"There are no more votes to be had by bashing Obamacare—and maybe some to lose."

"In the presidential primaries, sure, but otherwise it's just dog-whistle politics."

Q: In the wake of King v. Burwell, is it politically wise for Republicans to continue pursuing repeal of Obamacare?

REPUBLICANS (82 votes)

Yes: 70% No: 30%

Yes

"But not as principal issue in the campaign."

"More Americans still dislike the law than like it. That's not going to change."

"Republicans won big in 2010 and 2014 promising repeal. If anything, Obamacare is even less popular today. Abandoning opposition now would be correctly seen as feckless."

"Repeal and replace. [Obamacare is] still unpopular with swing voters and will be more so when premiums go up next year."

"The overreach by the Supreme Court to rewrite the law will only excite the Republican base to support those who favor repeal of the law."

"It remains a GOTV issue."

"Yes, provided we're serious about our own rhetoric of 'repeal and replace.' We need a realistic plan on the latter."

"Pursue but don't obsess. Treat this as part of the larger narrative of government overreach. Otherwise R's run the risk of sounding like 'birthers.' "

"Repeal isn't enough. If we don't say what we're for, and the real benefits to people, we may as well hang it up."

No

"We have no replacement to offer and we will never actually repeal it, so it's better to focus on other issues."

"Repeal is such a nasty word. Republicans need to fight the unpopular parts and force the Democrats to defend every dumb provision."

"The GOP alternative cannot be 'Don't get hurt, don't get sick, and don't get old.' When a loved one faces a health emergency, they don't look [at] it through an ideological lens."

"The jig is up. Time to look serious."

"R's should move beyond the rhetoric and get about the business of reforming the worst of ACA—device tax, Cadillac tax, small-business mandate, etc."

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Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chávez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

 GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk Van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

Q: In the wake of King v. Burwell, is it politically wise for Republicans to continue pursuing repeal of Obamacare?

Supporters rally in front of the Supreme Court after the court's announcement of the decision affirming the Affordable Care Act on June 25, 2015, in Washington, DC. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

DEMOCRATS (84 VOTES)

Yes: 10%No: 90%

Yes

"Yes in the primaries—political reasons—but no in the general."

"It appeals to their base, but not much beyond that. But for most of them, gerrymandering has ensured that their only constituency is their base."

"Say it. Don't do it."

No

"Republicans and health care is a bad combo. Obamacare is baked into the political cake. Republicans should leave it alone."

"It's the law of the land. Get over it."

"They should and will use this political football as a fundraising tool, as they do with abortion. There is no real intent to do anything—just make noise and dollars."

"More credible and useful to propose long-term solutions to keep consumer costs down."

"Unless you are running for president and your numbers aren't high enough for the debates."

"There are no more votes to be had by bashing Obamacare—and maybe some to lose."

"In the presidential primaries, sure, but otherwise it's just dog-whistle politics."

Q: In the wake of King v. Burwell, is it politically wise for Republicans to continue pursuing repeal of Obamacare?

REPUBLICANS (82 votes)

Yes: 70% No: 30%

Yes

"But not as principal issue in the campaign."

"More Americans still dislike the law than like it. That's not going to change."

"Republicans won big in 2010 and 2014 promising repeal. If anything, Obamacare is even less popular today. Abandoning opposition now would be correctly seen as feckless."

"Repeal and replace. [Obamacare is] still unpopular with swing voters and will be more so when premiums go up next year."

"The overreach by the Supreme Court to rewrite the law will only excite the Republican base to support those who favor repeal of the law."

"It remains a GOTV issue."

"Yes, provided we're serious about our own rhetoric of 'repeal and replace.' We need a realistic plan on the latter."

"Pursue but don't obsess. Treat this as part of the larger narrative of government overreach. Otherwise R's run the risk of sounding like 'birthers.' "

"Repeal isn't enough. If we don't say what we're for, and the real benefits to people, we may as well hang it up."

No

"We have no replacement to offer and we will never actually repeal it, so it's better to focus on other issues."

"Repeal is such a nasty word. Republicans need to fight the unpopular parts and force the Democrats to defend every dumb provision."

"The GOP alternative cannot be 'Don't get hurt, don't get sick, and don't get old.' When a loved one faces a health emergency, they don't look [at] it through an ideological lens."

"The jig is up. Time to look serious."

"R's should move beyond the rhetoric and get about the business of reforming the worst of ACA—device tax, Cadillac tax, small-business mandate, etc."

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chávez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

 GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk Van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

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