One Month In, the ACA Is Still Unpopular
The Affordable Care Act has now been in place, in full, for a month. Real people are getting insurance through the system giving Americans a chance to really judge it. So far though, the news is not good for Democrats. The Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll found the law’s popularity hasn’t improved at all during its first month of real implementation. From KFF:
Interestingly, the law’s unfavorable rating among the uninsured, the group the law is targeted at, has skyrocketed over the past few months. Only 24 percent holding a favorable opinion of the law, while 47 percent view it unfavorably. Just a few months ago opinions among this group was split evenly.
This poll should be very troubling for Democrats because even though the Healthcare.gov website is now working better and the law is finally providing benefits, it is not gaining support. It seems the law is not going to become popular anytime soon.
One silver lining for Democrats is that the Republican position that Obamacare should be repealed is also unpopular. Only 38 percent support efforts to repeal the law while 55 percent think Congress should focus on working to improve it.