A new poll suggests President Barack Obama's health care law will continue to divide the parties and the country, and will be used by both the Republicans and the Democrats to mobilize their base voters in this fall's midterm elections.
The CNN/ORC International survey finds 12 percent of Americans want to keep the federal law as it is, and 49 percent want Congress to make some changes to improve it rather than repeal it. But 38 percent want the law either repealed and replaced with an entirely different system, or repealed and replaced with the system that existed before the law was enacted.
About 90 percent of Democrats support the law as it is or want it improved, and 55 percent of independents feel that way. But 6 in 10 Republicans want the law repealed.
All this means that there is no consensus on the Affordable Care Act, no matter what the politicians of the major parties say. The Republicans will continue to use Obamacare to stoke up their base voters, and the Democrats will continue to use it to stoke up their own core constituencies.
The survey also finds that nearly half of Americans say it's too soon to tell whether the law is a success, Only 12 percent have concluded that it is a success, and about four in 10 already consider it a failure.