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Friday, September 30, 2016

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According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, popular opinion regarding President Barack Obama’s health care reform law has dramatically declined since July, 2012.

The NBC/WSJ poll, conducted from May 30-June 2, surveyed 1,000 American adults about their feelings toward the Affordable Care Act, which goes into full effect in just a few months.

The poll reveals that 49 percent of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act is a bad idea, while only 37 percent think it is a good idea. This is in sharp contrast to just 11 months ago, when another NBC/WSJ poll found that margin to be 44/40.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, those who do not currently have health insurance view Obamacare more favorably than those who do.

Of the people surveyed, 38 percent feel that they will be worse off once the law goes into effect, while 19 percent feel they will be better off, and 39 percent do not believe they will be affected.

The poll also illustrates a stark partisan divide. Democrats believe they will be better off because of the Affordable Care Act by a 35 to 11 percent margin; by contrast, Republicans think they will be worse off, by an overwhelming 67 to 4 percent margin.

The findings come after a CNN/ORC International Poll conducted in mid-May found similar results: 43 percent of the public supports Obamacare, while the majority, 54 percent, opposes it.

Just a month ago, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) referenced the significance of Obamacare in the 2014 midterms by saying, “If I were predicting what’s likely to be the biggest issue in the 2014 election, I think it would be Obamacare.” McConnell summed up his views about the law in April, calling it a “train wreck” that Republicans must stop.

Preparing for the upcoming midterm elections, Republicans have begun to use the most recent IRS “scandal” to remind Obama and Democrats that Obamacare is dependent on IRS funds. As McConnell so brazenly put it, “By the way, the IRS has a role to play in the implementation of Obamacare.”

For his part, Obama has shown no indication that he will run away from the law. The president recently urged supporters to promote Obamacare, firmly stating “the law is here to stay.”

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

  • The reason almost half of the American people believe ACA is a bad idea is because of the failure of Democrats to explain the benefits of that program to the middle class, the poor, and the business community. We allowed the opposition to demonize ACA with impunity, and we are paying a high price for our reluctance to fight for what we believe is best for our society and our country.

    • elw

      Actually I think the majority of people, including those in Congress, still do not understand that ACA and Medicare are not connected or the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. Our Health care system is so complicated that often the very people who work in it get confused. The misinformation spread by the Right just adds to the confusion.

      • Lynda Groom

        Indeed the Right has spent years now pushing false narratives and dishonest tactics to further confuse the public at large. As the program comes on line the citizens will discover they’ve been lied too about the new health care coverage.

        • elw

          I agree as soon as the confusion that is normal at the beginning of a new Federal level program passes people will completely forget about Obamacare, since most of them have insurance through their employer and will not be affected by it one way or the other and most people who do not have insurance will be happy to have some options to finally get affordable care.

          • 4sanity4all

            But don’t you just hate it when a lazy ‘news’ writer tries to get you to read an article about the Affordable Care Act with a juicy headline, followed by a ‘story’ about a poll constructed to get a preapproved answer, by couching the questions in the survey to elicit the answer they were hoping to obtain?

          • elw

            What I hate more than anything is there is no such thing as news anymore. The reporters are not journalist, everything you hear is written and reported by pre-approval of the big boss, and few of our news sources value the truth.

    • Evonne Kay

      No, the reason the American People are against this is because we are currently being impacted by the Obamacare- They are having their low-paying jobs cutting their hours, so that company will not have to provide insurance coverage. So, where does this leave them, they will have to get another part-time job (if they are lucky enough to find another job) to make up for the hours they lost at job #1, then they will need to find insurance and of course at a cost. So, now they have 2 Part-time jobs, and they are paying X amount for insurance, and now they cannot even afford to use the insurance that they are paying for! Tell me, would that Piss you off?

  • I wonder what the results of the poll would be if the 40% or so of the public that knows nothing at all about the ACA were screened out.

    • Darius

      !!!!!

  • Darius

    The fact that they call it “Obamacare” shows the failure in branding.

    • elw

      Actuall, that name was put on it by the Right.

      • Darius

        I know that, dummy, hence me saying it’s a failure in branding. “They” as in the media and the fact that they use this stupid right-wing buzzword for the ACA.

        • Lynda Groom

          Why the ‘dummy’ remark?

  • Lynda Groom

    Of course they are. The average American is just too lazy to get the real facts of the new law. They are hearing a nonstop train of nonsense aimed at the ignorant coming from the right. The President and/or the Democrats have got to beat the drum as loudly as the opposition and educate the foolish masses.

  • elw

    Oh come on, that poll just shows how on thousand people felt in that time period. I wouldn’t get too excited or worried about the results of one poll at one point in time. Especially with a poll that leans to the right.

  • 4sanity4all

    Most Americans know nothing about the ACA, except for the misinformation zealously spread by the right. I predict when it benefits most people in this country, it will become as beloved as Social Security or Medicare.