In 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.
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