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Patch's Poll: Which Party Will Be Helped Most by the Supreme Court's Obamacare Decision?

Do you think the Democrats will remain in power in the presidency and the Senate? Or will the Republicans have a great shot at beating Obama and getting more seats in Congress?

Journalists and pundits across the media landscape proclaimed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act as a victory for President Barack Obama.

ABC News called it a “big win” for the Obama administration.

But, ABC pointed out that most Americans don’t have a favorable view of the Obamacare legislation as was upheld by the High Court. (Americans also don’t have a favorable view of the status quo either, according to the poll).

Everything in political news going forward will likely focus on the question of which party benefit the most politically from the Supreme Court decision. Will Romney win in November now or does Obama have an even greater chance of retaining the presidency?

Within a few hours of the Supreme Court ruling, Congressional Republicans and the GOP’s presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, proclaimed they would seek to repeal Obamacare, according to Fox News.

This morning, Yahoo News Columnist Chris Moody pointed out that the GOP would have to have majorities in both houses of Congress and would have to hold the presidency.

So for today’s poll, we ask: which party will be helped most by the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

edmund dantes July 05, 2012 at 05:54 PM
The question was, which party benefits most from the Supreme Court decision. The answer is, the Democrats. The Democrats benefit because now the legislation cannot be overturned until the Republicans get 60 votes in the Senate. That will not happen. Even if Romney wins and the Republicans take the House and the Senate, the Democrats will successfully filibuster any attempt to change the law. Best case scenario for the Republicans, they get 60 Senators in 2014 or 2016. Too late, the law is implemented then, it can't be undone. The Democrats also benefit because the decision proves once again that Republicans are utterly incompetent at getting conservative judges appointed to the bench. Roberts has followed the path created by his Republican predecessor, Earl Warren, in legislating from the bench. Whatever your party, you have to respect the fact the judges nominated by Democrats stay Democrats. They actually believe in something. What does the Republican establishment believed in? Lip service.
Mary Jo Phelps July 05, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I agree Justin, right and left are just labels. It amazes me that in a country of 350M+people, we only have two political parties. We shouldn't have primaries, we should have run-offs like other countries do - that way you could vote for the candidate of your choice regardless of party, and you don't need to register with any one party. Seems more ... democratic to me.
roy July 05, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Digital Shark you are absolutely correct in your assumptions. I am now quite sure that the poll that accompanies this topic is also rigged. And Corey the Censor-guy is at the crux of this matter. I am wondering also if some of the respondents are financially involved in controlling this whole Patch effort. I imagine that one of those right-wing trillionaires working for the Tea Party has bankrolled the nationwide Patch effort.
Dan July 06, 2012 at 02:18 AM
The Republicans can use reconciliation to repeal the bill if they have 51 votes in the Senate (this is the same procedure the Democrats used to pass the bill in 2010). Repealing it is going to be difficult for other reasons, however. Although the bill as a whole is only popular with slightly less than half the country, individual provisions of the bill are very popular. One example is the provision that provides insurance coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions. If the Republicans repeal this provision without replacing it with another provision that accomplishes the same effect, they're going to get hammered for taking away a protection that most Americans supported. The heads of the Republican party in the House and Senate came out this week and basically said they aren't interested in providing that protection, so they need to start working on good excuses for the Americans they about to disenfranchise. David Frum (former George W. Bush speech writer) wrote a good piece basically going over the primary reasons why repeal is going to be difficult even with Republican control over both houses of congress and the White House: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/28/repeal-is-a-fantasy.html .
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