NBC/WSJ poll: Health care remains a tough sell for Obama White House… The older you are, the less you like it… But the more you know about the law, the more you like it… Obama addresses 5th anniversary of Lehman collapse, as well as perhaps the Great Disconnect… Larry Summers drops out of contention for Fed Chair… And wrapping Biden’s day in Iowa.
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Linda Norman, right, and Joanna Galt, both from Florida, hold their banners during a "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept.
*** Health care remains a tough sell: While Syria isn’t officially on the backburner yet, it’s now an issue that’s no longer consuming the Obama White House 24-7. But other potential problems remain, including keeping the government open after Sept. 30 and raising the debt ceiling by next month. Yet hanging over all of these budget debates is the implementation of Obama’s signature domestic achievement: the health-care law. And new numbers from our NBC/WSJ poll show that the law remains unpopular with the American public. Per the poll, 44% call it a bad idea, while 31% believe it’s a good idea, which is virtually unchanged from July’s survey. What’s more, by a 45% to 23% margin, Americans say the law will have a negative impact on the country's health-care system rather than a positive one. And 30% of respondents think it will have a negative impact on their families. Just 12% say it will be positive, and a majority -- 53% -- don't believe it will have an impact one way or another.