Today the conservative pollster Rasmussen Reports found that 45 percent of respondents want to keep the Affordable Care Act. This is the highest percentage to support the law since it passed, which suggests efforts to explain the law’s benefits at the Democratic National Convention succeeded.
The best sign that ObamaCare is polling better is that Mitt Romney said that he would keep parts of the law in place if elected. His staff then revised the comment to make it consistent with Romney’s previous stand that he would try to replicate some of the goals of ObamaCare – just in ways that have never worked.
ObamaCare provisions like ending restrictions against patients with pre-existing conditions are extremely popular, because medical care is one thing all Americans know they’ll need — eventually. The provisions in the law not only make sense financially, they also save lives. According to a Harvard study conducted before ObamaCare became law, 45,000 Americans die every year for lack of insurance. Another study suggested that 85,000 lives could be saved (PDF) if disparities in health care were reduced.
Here are five ways the Affordable Care Act can be classified as “pro-life.”