Axelrod: Public Will Grow ‘Very, Very Happy’ with Health Care Law

Mar 30, 2010 12:34pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Another round of polling has shown continued deep public skepticism about the health care law — including concerns over whether the new law will control costs. On ABC’s “Top Line” today, for our first anniversary of the political Webcast, we brought the show to the White House lawn to chat with White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod about the next steps in the ongoing political battle over health care. Axelrod said components of the law will grow more popular over time with the public: “The program hasn’t taken effect yet, and that’s why they’re not buying into it. I didn’t expect these numbers to turn around overnight,” Axelrod told us. “I think as the American people become familiar with what this program is and what it isn’t, they’re going to be very, very happy with it. Every bit of polling suggests that the major tenets of the program are very popular. It’s just that people aren’t aware that they are part of the program.” President Obama today called the law a “critical first step” — raising the question of what the second and third steps might be. He said “adjustments along the way” are unavoidable, and welcome. Watch part one of our interview with Axelrod HERE.

Watch the rest of the interview HERE.

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