5% of Americans Say That "Obamacare" Rollout Has Gone Well
Earlier this week, President Obama revealed that 6 million people had signed up for "Obamacare", meeting a (lowered) projection by the Congressional Budget Office and Obama Administration. This comes after a significantly botched launch that featured many glitches and website outages on Healthcare.gov. (it should be noted that people who pay their first month's premium are considered to be enrolled, so the number of people who have enrolled in Obamacare so far should be in the 4.8 million-5 million range, rather than 6 million).
While "Obamacare" has bounced back somewhat after a very shaky start, many Americans are still very dissatisfied with the program as a whole. This is evidenced by a recently conducted Associated Press/GfK poll, which puts support of "Obamacare" at its lowest levels ever.
According to the poll, 26% said that they supported (either strongly or somewhat) the health care reforms that were passed by Congress in March of 2010. This is down from 27% in January and 45% in June of 2010.
The percentage of people who totally oppose the health care reforms that were enacted by President Obama? 43%, which is below the all-time high of 52% that was set in 2010.
30% of those surveyed said that they neither support nor oppose the reforms, which is up dramatically from previous years.
Despite the generally negative feelings towards "Obamacare", few people expect that the law will be repealed.
When asked, "What do you think is most likely to happen with the health care law passed by Congress in March 2010?", here is how people responded:
It will be implemented as passed, 12%
It will be implemented with minor changes, 42%
It will be implemented with major changes, 30%
It will be completely repealed, 13%
Refused/Not Answered, 4%
Last year, the Republican party seemed intent on pounding the Democrats on the subjects of the national debt and "Obamacare" in the upcoming mid-term elections. The strategy seems to have shifted in recent months, however, with the Republicans seemingly deciding to focus mainly on "Obamacare". Given these most recent polling numbers, the strategy is likely not a bad one.
Source: Surveys.ap.org - The AP-GfK Poll March, 2014
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