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September 1, 2014

Obamacare Still Unpopular

Gallup: “Although the Obama administration is boasting higher-than-expected enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, Americans’ attitudes toward the healthcare law have changed only marginally since the open enrollment period ended for 2014.”

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Implications: “Public opinion has remained mostly static and oriented against the healthcare law, suggesting that most Americans have made up their minds on this issue and see no reason to revisit their opinion. This is likely a consequence of the polarizing effect of the law — Republicans are solidly opposed, while the bulk of Democrats support it. It’s uncertain what role this still unpopular law will play in the midterm elections; Americans say the economy and unemployment overshadow healthcare in terms of the most important problem facing the U.S. But many Republican candidates … are highlighting their opposition to the law.”

  • Rick Caird

    A large part of the reason ObamaCare is polling better than it should is because Obama has hidden a large part of the downside via ad hoc changes and implementation delays to the law, most of which are in violation to the plain language of the legislation. However, these changes have increase the real cost of the bill and hidden the downsides to many people who will be negativel affected. Plus, health insurance is not health care as many people who are trying to find doctors can attest.

    Over time, ObamaCare and Obama will become even great pariahs.

  • Rick Caird

    A large part of the reason ObamaCare is polling better than it should is because Obama has hidden a large part of the downside via ad hoc changes and implementation delays to the law, most of which are in violation to the plain language of the legislation. However, these changes have increase the real cost of the bill and hidden the downsides to many people who will be negativel affected. Plus, health insurance is not health care as many people who are trying to find doctors can attest.

    Over time, ObamaCare and Obama will become even great pariahs.

  • WasteNot

    You have to love the math. Says the writer, the reason that solidly negative polling (51-43) seems fixed “is likely a consequence of the polarizing effect of the law —
    Republicans are solidly opposed, while the bulk of Democrats support it.” This suggests that Republicans are a majority of the electorate. If not, then a substantial portion of Democrats oppose it, meaning that the opposition to the measure is solidly bipartisan.

  • BartDePalma

    Keep whistling past the electoral graveyard.

    2014 = 2010

  • Dantes

    Obamacare is transforming private medicine into a government centric VA type system. Does it not bother people that very few doctors have come forward about the VA debacle, and the first one who did was retired? Why didn’t she speak up before? Why aren’t we hearing from more VA doctors.

    The reason is they are employed and subject to termination by the same administrators who were involved in the coverup. EIther keep their mouths shut, or be fired.

    The same thing is happening to private medicine. The government already controls how hospitals function through Medicare. Obamacare policies also driving doctors out of private practice and into employment by hospitals. The doctor ceases to work for the patient, and now works for the hospital CEO and other administrators, who will and are telling doctors to shut up about poor hospital care, etc.

  • EricFromTheHill

    Liberal disapproval stems from perceptions on the left that the ACA doesn’t go far enough. Surveys that bother to measure this report this number as being between 10 and 15% of respondents. The approval vs. disapproval metric fails to get a deeper picture of public opinion on the law.

  • William Thomas

    The entire project is a disaster and gave the letters “A” & “C” a bad reputation,

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