Public Remains Closely Divided On Opinion Of Health Law, With Favorables Gaining
This month’s Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll finds that 43 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the health care law, while 42 percent have an unfavorable one -- the first time since 2012 that the law has been in positive territory. That difference is not considered statistically significant.
Poll: Obamacare Pokes Its Head Above The Water Line
The poll also showcased the public’s overwhelming ignorance of the law’s actual effects. Only 8 percent of respondents were able to correctly answer that the Affordable Care Act has thus far cost less than the Congressional Budget Office originally projected, while 50 percent said they think the law has been more expensive. A majority of respondents — 56 percent — answered that the law has not directly affected them. Nineteen percent said the law has helped them or their families personally, while 22 percent answered that it had hurt them. Again, answers to this question showed a significant partisan split. (Lerner, 4/21)
Poll: Obamacare In Positive Territory (By One Point)
There's more evidence that President Obama's health care law is gaining in popularity. According to the monthly Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released Tuesday, 43% have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act and 42% have an unfavorable view -- the first time the law has been in positive territory since November of 2012, the month President Obama won re-election. Of course, the poll points out that the margin is "one percentage point, and the difference is within the survey's margin of sampling error and is not statistically significant." (Jackson, 4/21)
ACA Doesn’t Top Public’s Health Care Priorities
Reforming the Affordable Care Act may be on the public’s health care wish list, but it only comes after making medications for chronic diseases affordable, ensuring adequate provider networks and increasing the transparency of health care quality and costs, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Villacorta, 4/21)