Poll: Obamacare Supporters Increasingly Conflicted about Law

Findings from a new poll underscore that the Obama administration’s efforts to not only define the ACA on the cusp of its enactment but also to continue to defend it on some level — still face an uphill battle with Americans.

Overall, this week’s poll found just 18 percent of Americans believed the law will improve their health care “at least somewhat,” one-third believe it will make their care worse, and 41 percent think it won’t have much of an impact at all.

Among the 36 percent of respondents who want to repeal Obamacare, two-thirds think it will make their health care worse. But the majority of those who are ambivalent and think it won’t affect their own care actually expressed at least moderate support for allowing the law to stand.

Many Americans are beginning to react to the law in a fear mode. While the GOP gets ready to exploit this finding with yet another planned vote on repeal next week (40th time!), the law’s boosters seem to be circumspect about the reform law’s impact on healthcare delivery in the short term.

26. July 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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