ObamaCare Losing Favorability With The Public

A monthly health tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation had some interesting results this month. The poll found that a staggering 47 percent of the uninsured don’t believe the President’s Health Reform Law, also known as ObamaCare, will make much difference to them. This is far greater than the 31 percent who believe the law will help them… And another 14 percent believe the law will actually hurt them.

The poll has gotten quite a bit of media coverage this week due to other results indicating general public opinion of the law has fallen. Only 39 percent of all Americans now have a favorable view of ObamaCare, and 44 percent have an unfavorable view.

The most interesting part, I believe, is the changes taking place in the partisan arena. Not only did more Republicans favor the law than ever before in the poll (24 percent), but the lowest number of Democrats favor the law than ever before in the poll (60 percent). Independents remained consistent in their favorability views at 33 percent.

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Nicole Fisher is a current PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina in the Health Policy and Management Department. She also currently writes health care policy for the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation she worked on several Senate and House campaigns and carried out health care research with an emphasis on women and children's issues. She also sits on several Boards for health related nonprofit organizations in North Carolina and Illinois. Before pursuing her PhD in health policy Nicole obtained her Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri. Follow @nic_fisher or Email: fisher@johnlocke.org

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