Poll: Few Americans Say Obamacare Rollout Went Smoothly
A poll conducted by the Associated Press and GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications showed that just 7 percent of Americans surveyed thought that the implementation of the cornerstone provision of the Affordable Care Act, the individual insurance exchanges, had gone “extremely or very” well. Comparatively, 40 percent said the launch of the marketplaces had not gone well, 20 percent said it had gone somewhat well, and 30 percent did not know what to say. When only those Americans who supported the health care reform were asked their opinion, the approval number was not much better — just 19 percent said the rollout had gone “extremely or very” well.
Among the uninsured, a key demographic for the success of the health care reform, 42 percent responded that they did not know enough about the exchanges to say how well the rollout had gone.
In response to the survey, 60-year-old George Spinner, a retired government worker from Virginia, explained that his enrollment efforts were stymied after he managed to create an online account. It kept telling me there was an error,” he said. Reynol Rodriguez, a computer technician from San Antonio, responded that technical issues prevented him from signing up. “I was very much looking forward to it,” said 51-year-old Rodriguez, 51. “That’s what this country needs – affordable health care.” But he will continue trying.