A recent Gallup poll finds Americans still sharply divided over the Affordable Care Act, with 49 percent disapproving and 41 percent approving of the new law. The survey also found that only 15 percent of respondents described themselves as “very familiar” with the law, while 30 percent said they were either “not too familiar” or not familiar at all with it. With enrollment for health care coverage scheduled to begin in less than a month, that last finding doesn’t speak well of the Obama administration’s efforts to explain its signature law to Americans.
It is disappointing any time a member of Congress disrespects constituents by treating public hearings as little more than a show. It was worse, however, to see a war hero like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., playing poker on his iPhone during a Senate committee hearing on whether to use military force in Syria.