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Kaiser: Most say nation will be worse off under Obamacare

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The popularity of Obamacare has crashed to its lowest level in nearly two years, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

Kaiser's monthly tracking poll found that just 35 percent have a favorable view of the health reform being put into place Jan. 1 while 43 percent view it unfavorably. The favorability rating of Obamacare has been worse only once, in October 2011, when it fell to 34 percent.

Not only is the June poll bad news for the president as his administration struggles to have the health reform program ready for people to begin signing up in October, the trend is troubling. Since September 2012, when 45 percent had a favorable view of Obamacare, the drop has been slow, steady and unbroken.

What's more, 40 percent believe that the country will be worse off under Obamacare. Just 31 percent said the nation will be better off. Only once before, in July of 2012, did those polled say the nation will be worse off under the Affordable Care Act when it reached 41 percent.

There is some good news in the poll, however. Democrats like the name. Said Kaiser, "Democrats show the biggest change in favorability with the alternate question wording - 73 percent say they have a favorable opinion of 'Obamacare' compared to 58 percent who say the same for the 'health reform law.'"

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.