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Affordable Care Act is Now in Effect but Still Unpopular

The website has improved significantly and starting at the beginning of this year millions of Americans got new insurance coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The law has finally gone from being a theoretical to a real program delivering real change. This important policy transition though hasn’t caused a change in attitudes about the law.

According to Gallup’s first poll since the health care law took effect, support for it has actually dropped slightly. Similarly, there has been basically no change in how people think the law will impact the country. From Gallup:

Trend: Do you generally approve or disapprove of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama that restructured the U.S. healthcare system?

While it is still early it appears even full implementation is not able to really move the public on Obamacare. I will be very interested to see if the polling changes at all in the next four months once people get more direct experience with the law but I suspect popular opinion is so firmly locked in it is unlikely to shift significant any time soon.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at