Obamacare: Are Americans Right to Fear Rising Healthcare Costs?
A number of polls show that the Affordable Care Act is just as unpopular than ever. After remaining steady for several months, the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that the share of the American public expressing an unfavorable view of the healthcare law rose to 53 percent in July, an increase of 8 percentage points from the previous month’s reading. That jump was accompanied by a decrease in the number of respondents who declined to give their opinion on the reform, dropping from 16 percent in June to 11 percent last month.
The share of Americans who view the law favorably has remained fairly stable since March, when the first enrollment period for the reform’s healthcare exchanges ended. While that measure edged down to 37 percent from June’s 39 percent, it is above January’s 34 percent.
Republicans continue to oppose the law in greater numbers than their Democratic counterparts, yet the survey showed the increasing dissatisfaction was even across the political spectrum in July. The share of Americans who said lawmakers should continue to improve the law outnumbers those who want the reform be repealed, even among Republicans.
The survey does not expressly give a reason for why Obamacare lost ground, but it’s likely that the cause of increasing dissatisfaction is personal. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed by Kaiser responded that they have not yet been impacted by the Affordable Care Act, but almost twice as many feel the healthcare reform has hurt them and their family, with 28 percent citing increased healthcare and health insurance costs as the reason.