Despite High Enrollment, the Affordable Care Act is Still Unpopular
While signups on the exchanges may have reached 8 million that seems to have had little impact on popular opinion about the health care law. Indications are that support for the Affordable Care Act remains as weak as it has been for the past few years.
Two new polls find support for the ACA at roughly where it was before implementation. The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found only 38 percent have a favorable opinion of the law while 46 percent view it unfavorable. This is a modest improvement from when Healthcare.gov was at its worst, but basically back to where it was in early 2013. From KFF:
More importantly, the Washington Post-ABC News poll again shows the law in negative territory, with 44 percent support to 48 percent opposed. Many Democrats and supporters of the law were heavily promoting the Post poll from last month which found increasing support for the law, but based on the new evidence it appears that was only a statistical outlier, nothing more than noise in the polling.
The law is basically as unpopular as it has been for years and there is no reason to suspect that is going to change in the near future. The only silver lining in the polls for Democrats is that the Republican position of repeal is also unpopular. The Kaiser poll found 58 percent want their member of Congress to work to improve the law, while only 35 percent want to see their member work to repeal and replace it.