August 5 2014
Patrice J. Lee
Since ObamaCare was passed, favorability or approval of the president’s signature law has swung between slight majorities of disapproval and approval. Usually, positive or negative headlines tend to push the pendulum either to one side or the other.
According to the latest poll from the Kaiser Foundation, a trusted organization that studies healthcare in the U.S., a majority of Americans oppose ObamaCare. The share of the public expressing an unfavorable view of the health care law rose to 53 percent in July, an eight-percent increase since last month’s poll. In fact, the share of those who declined to offer an opinion dipped five percent to eleven percent while those who support it remained steady which means, that more Americans are vocal in their opposition.
According to the poll, Americans aren’t ready to throw out ObamaCare with the bath water though. Sixty-percent want Congress to improve the law rather than repeal and replace it with something else.
What’s driving this sudden discontent? Personal stories from those affected by ObamaCare and ads that highlight the negatives with the law.
Here’s more from the poll:
The uptick in negative views comes at a time when Americans report hearing more negative than positive things about the ACA in advertising and personal conversations, and when large shares of the public want leaders in Washington to pay more attention to other issues like the economy and jobs, the federal budget deficit, education, and immigration. The poll also finds misperceptions about the ACA persist: fewer than four in ten are aware that enrollees in new insurance under the ACA had a choice between private health plans, while a quarter incorrectly believe they were enrolled in a single government plan and another four in ten are unsure.
This month’s poll also explored the public’s reaction to the Supreme Court decision upholding craft store chain Hobby Lobby’s ability to deny workers coverage of certain contraceptives based on the company’s owners’ religious beliefs. The public overall is evenly split between those who approve and disapprove of the Court’s decision, with only a small difference in opinion between women and men, but deep divisions by party identification, ideology, and religious affiliation... Almost half the public feels that if a woman works for an employer who does not pay for birth control coverage because of religious objections, the woman herself should have to pay for the coverage, while about a third think responsibility should lie with the insurance company...
Americans have good reason to disapprove of ObamaCare. The costs have and are rising and millions of Americans have lost their healthcare plans.
The CEO of Aetna spoke out on CNBC recently on the impact of ObamaCare on his company and he openly decried that “the numbers are worse than expected.” According to Mark Bertolini, demographics are older and sicker. They are also overwhelmingly (87 percent) subsidized by taxpayer dollars. His expectation is that they’re going to use more healthcare and drive costs. He's positive though that their premiums should cover the added expense.
Americans know a bad deal when they see it. Add depicting fact and personal stories of hardships caused by the president's answer to healthcare outweigh talking points and mistruths from the Administration on the benefits and virtues of ObamaCare.