White House: ObamaCare Really a 'Very Conservative Idea'

White House spokesman Jay Carney said yesterday that President Obama's healthcare reform law is actually a "very conservative idea" that blossomed at the Heritage Foundation and in Gov. Mitt Romney's home state.

Carney was asked at the daily press briefing about a USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday that found 53 percent of voters in battleground states and 40 percent nationwide in favor of repealing ObamaCare. Half of those polled across the nation felt that the law was a bad thing, and more than 40 percent believed it will make things worse for their families.

Does the White House just view this as a communications failure?

"Health care reform, as I need not remind you now, that passed is built on what was once considered a very conservative idea," Carney responded. "In fact, it has its origins in the conservative think tank called the Heritage Foundation. It has its practical implemental origins in the states of Massachusetts."

On Monday evening, Heritage posted a blog on ObamaCare top five broken promises.

"We understand that a lot of money has been spent to make -- in an attempt to make health care reform unpopular," Carney said. "Well, we believe that, A, it’s constitutional, and, B, that as it continues to be implemented and Americans get to enjoy the benefits that it brings, including the security that it brings, that it would become more and more clear that it is a vital thing for the American people."