Americans want compromise--but not on Obamacare

McClatchy Washington BureauOctober 8, 2013 

People want compromise--but not on health care.

A new Pew Research Center poll found that while most people are frustrated about the first government shutdown since 1996, they are not willing to give ground on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare

Disagreement over the act's future has divided Democrats, who support the law, and Republicans, who want it changed or repealed.

"On the core issue dividing Republicans and Democrats in Washington – whether cuts or delays to the 2010 health care law should be part of any budget deal – there is little support for compromise among members of either party," Pew found.

"Even when asked if the only way to end the shutdown soon is for their side to give ground on the health care issue, most are unwilling to back down."

Fifty-eight percent of Democrats said it was unacceptable for President Barack Obama to agree to cutbacks or delays. About the same number of Republicans said it was not acceptable for party leaders to agree to a deal unless it altered Obamacare.

"Notably, Tea Party Republicans overwhelmingly oppose Republican leaders making concessions to resolve the impasse," Pew found.

Among non-Tea Party Republicans, 63 percent said Obama should agree to changes in the health care law, while 39 percent said it would not be acceptable for Republican leaders to drop their demands.


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