The Fix

By Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement
October 21 at 1:00 pm

Most Americans say the rocky start for HealthCare.gov is a harbinger of bigger problems for the Affordable Care Act, according to results of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov Web site in New York in this October 2, 2013 photo illustration. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Fifty-six percent of Americans say the Web site problems are part of a broader problem with the law’s implementation while just 40 percent see the Web site problems as an isolated incident. Reaction to federal insurance exchange Web site are deeply rooted in partisanship. More than eight in 10 Republicans say Web site troubles are a sign of broader implementation problems, while most Democrats call it an isolated incident. Independents resemble the public overall, with 55 percent seeing broader problems with implementation.

President Obama is clearly aware of that conflation and the dangers it presents for the law. “We did not wage this long and contentious battle just around a Web site,” he said at a speech Monday at the White House.

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