If you Google the term “Obamacare poll,” you’ll find a seemingly endless list of different polls done over the last few years telling you all sorts of things concerning how people feel about the Affordable Care Act.
To be honest, I never pay much attention to any of them.
Why? Well, because many Americans don’t know a whole lot about the Affordable Care Act. There’s been so much misinformation spread about the law that the majority of what I hear people say they “feel” about it is often completely wrong or at best minimally factual.
You have people answering questions on opinion polls based on inaccurate information. So all you really end up with is a poll that’s essentially useless. Besides, people often tend to believe what they want to believe rather than what’s actually real.
But when a poll shows how many people have been directly impacted by the Affordable Care Act, that’s the poll you want to look at.
And according to a recent Gallup poll, it’s indisputable that “Obamacare” is a huge success. But not only that, Republicans are putting millions of American lives at risk by continuing to peddle right-wing propaganda and not fully comply with the law.
When taking a look at this poll, of the 10 states that had the largest drop in their rate of uninsured citizens from last year, every single one of them expanded Medicaid and created their own state sponsored exchanges.
In other words, the Affordable Care Act works.
For more proof of the ACA’s success, look no further than Arkansas. This Republican stronghold was the state that had the biggest drop of uninsured citizens from last year. Since 2013, and after the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Arkansas has cut its uninsured rate by nearly half.
But the bad news for Republicans doesn’t stop there. When digging into the numbers deeper you see that the states that continue to have the highest number of uninsured citizens are either controlled by Republican governors, Republican legislatures or both. Those states are Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alaska, and New Mexico.
And 9 out of those 10 states refused to expand Medicaid or create their own state health care exchanges. New Mexico was the only state that expanded Medicaid and created their own exchange.
So, is “Obamacare” massively popular when you ask people their opinion of the law? Not usually. Often the law’s approval numbers float around 42-48%.
But, again, those numbers are based on people’s opinions of the law. And I can promise you there are many people in this country right now who’ve gained access to health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act – yet they still oppose the law.
However, a poll such as this recent one done by Gallup shows indisputable evidence that millions of previously uninsured Americans now have access to health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
It also shows that partisan Republican antics in those states where the uninsured rates remain high are putting millions of American lives at risk.
People like Sarah Palin, or pretty much everyone at Fox News, who helped perpetuate the lies about “Obamacare” are directly at fault.
Because if you want to talk about “death panels,” those are your death panels. The Republicans who decided playing partisan politics was more important than providing much-needed health care to Americans who desperately needed it. Because I can promise you there are going to be people in those states who are going to die because they didn’t have health insurance. Individuals who will die because Republicans put politics before people.
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