Despite the GOP’s Best Efforts, Poll Shows Approval Rating for “Obamacare” Rising

pres-obama-2In a bit of good news for the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) a recent poll done by Reuters/Ipsos showed that interest and favorability from the uninsured rose fairly significantly despite all the issues HealthCare.gov has experienced since it launched.

According to the poll, 44 percent of the uninsured view the law favorably, up from 37 percent in September.  Even the numbers of those who oppose the law have improved, dropping from 63 percent in September to 56 percent now.

This is just one poll, but it also goes along with a belief I’ve had for a while about the law.  That is, the issues going on have been completely overblown.  Yes, the website itself has been a disaster and every bit the embarrassment it’s been made out to be.  But aside from that, people often resist change—especially when that change has a rocky start.  Yet what happens frequently with change?  The more people get to actually know about it and see benefits, the more they tend to like it.

Even many Americans who are losing their current health insurance and were originally upset, are finding that their new plans will offer much better health coverage.  Even if, for some, it comes at a slightly higher price.

Also, according to the poll, approval of the law by the general public rose from 44 percent to 47 percent.

A fact Americans need to understand — and it seems the media fails to mention — is that “Obamacare” impacts a very low percentage of overall Americans.  Even after all the right-wing doom and gloom over the millions of Americans who aren’t going to be able to keep their current insurance, the numbers come out to around 5 percent of Americans with health insurance being forced to change plans.

For the vast majority of Americans, “Obamacare” won’t have any impact on their lives.  They already had health insurance and their insurance already covered what “Obamacare” requires.

So, once HealthCare.gov is up and fixed (which it will be soon) what are Republicans going to have?  The answer is, not much.  Like with most big changes, people adapt, realize their fears weren’t warranted and often the change is embraced by many who once opposed it.

I fully believe that is what we’ll see with “Obamacare.”  Sure, there will always be Americans who are negatively impacted by the law.  There will always be individuals Republicans can put on Fox News to tell tell the country their “horror stories” of paying more or whatever issues they’re having.

But I firmly believe once everything settles down and people let the law work (after the site is fixed, of course), this uproar we’re currently seeing will recede back to mostly the far-right reaches of the Republican party, where it’s been since before the law was even passed.

Which is something I believe this recent poll by Reuters is actually showing us.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • strayaway

    Some variation of Stockholm syndrome or battered wife syndrome comes to mind. “He’s really a good man most of the time and means well.” Here is President Obama’s apology for the ongoing brutilization of millions of Americans now losing their insurance,

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: “You know, I regret very much that what we intended to do, which is to make sure that everybody is moving into better plans because they want ’em, as opposed to because they’re forced into it. That, you know, we weren’t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place. And I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position — a better position than they were before this law happened.

    Keep in mind that most of the folks who are going to who got these cancellation letters, they’ll be able to get better care at the same cost or cheaper in these new marketplaces because they’ll have more choice, they’ll have more competition. They’re part of a bigger pool. Insurance companies are going to be hungry for their business.

    So, the majority of folks will end up being better off, of course, because the website’s not working right. They don’t necessarily know it right [now]. But, even though it’s a small percentage of folks who may be disadvantaged, you know, it means a lot to them. And it’s scary to them.”

    See? He means well but the beatings will go on until morale improves.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      and,,,,my inferred wager to you remains: do U wish to wager 50K that in 2 1/ 2 yrs ACA will be an equal brethren to social security in the hearts of the American individual???

      • strayaway

        I’m guessing that in 2.5 years our economy will be in serious trouble. Maybe we will be lucky and the bubble will continue to grow even longer. How Americans will respond in either circumstance, I don’t know. Sometimes the crowds shout, “Give us Barabas” for the worst of reasons. I can’t get past that given the disastrous rollout of the (un)ACA, it is more popular. Again, I’m back to the Stockholm Syndrome and battered wife syndrome as partial explanations. I mean, it wasn’t the perfection of the website, it wasn’t that 3.5M Americans got kicked off their policies, it wasn’t that millions of Americans have signed onto new plans so the improved ratings must have to do with something else.

  • rebmoma

    I think it was a tactical error for Obama to apologize. That can only lend credence to the idea that the impacts will be large.

  • bpnjensen

    I predict that the balance of approval will continue to rise, too. As the website gets squared away, as uninsured people who doubted come to realize that the ACA requires the free market to finally work FOR them instead of against them, as more and more find that they can finally have their intractable medical problems taken care of, the approval will rise to almost 75% within a year or so, and higher beyond that.

    And we will NOT FORGET which assholes tried to wreck it for everyone.

    • Kevin Carroll

      And I predict that approval will continue to decline, Clifton notes that approval is rising among the uninsured, what a surprise huh? All the people who are losing their policies due to Obamacare and all those who will continue to lose policies will continue to disapprove. Once again Clifton lacks honesty in his presentation.

  • regressive rightwing trash

    correct me if im in error here,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but does ANYONE think its simple CO-incidence that this statistic will NEVER be seen or heard on FOX “news”??? Hmmmmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I guess they will TRY ( and fail again) to bring Benghazi up ( roy orbisons “crying” playing now)

  • Michael Slattery

    Please, I’m a reg indy who wants the ACA tweaked rather than scrapped and actually work. Don’t put up these meaningless numbers when the act is in serious trouble, OF COURSE the uninsured are coming around as more of them find out it will be very cheap for them if not free.

  • Kevin Carroll

    Have another hit Clifton.

  • DallasJim

    10 years from now they will have forgotten they ever opposed the law

  • Brian Derrick

    They still have BENGHAZI!!