Polls: Despite Meeting Enrollment Goals, Disapproval of ACA Still High

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Despite meeting enrollment projections for the health insurance exchanges, the Affordable Care Act continues to remain unpopular, according to a pair of new surveys, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.

Gallup Poll

A Gallup survey released Friday polled 1,009 adults between April 7 and April 8, about one week after the Obama administration announced that 7.1 million U.S. residents had enrolled in health insurance coverage through the ACA's exchanges, surpassing the Congressional Budget Office's original enrollment estimate of seven million enrollees.

The survey found that:

  • 54% of respondents said they disapprove of the ACA;
  • 43% said they approve of the ACA (Easley, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 4/11);
  • 45% said the ACA would make the long-term health care situation in the U.S. worse; and
  • 37% said the ACA would make the long-term health care situation in the U.S. better.

Gallup researchers noted that because "basic opinions of the law have been fairly stable over the past year," U.S. residents "may ... have already made up their mind about the law, for the most part reflecting their underling political orientation." However, the researchers added, "There is some evidence that Americans' perceptions of how the law might affect their own situation both in the short-term and long-term are changing and becoming less negative."

According to McClatchy/Sacramento Bee, ACA approval has increased slightly since estimates from a similar November 2013 survey, although disapproval rates have remained about the same (Lightman, McClatchy/Sacramento Bee, 4/11).

The Morning Consult Survey

Meanwhile, a separate survey conducted by The Morning Consult polled 1,009 adults between April 3 and April 6.

The survey found that:

  • 51% of individuals said they disapprove of the ACA; and
  • 43% of individuals said they approve of the ACA ("Healthwatch," The Hill, 4/11).

Tom Johnson
Not a surprising finding. The ACA attacked a problem that cannot be solved by more competition and more regulation. People have lost their access to their doctor, premiums have gone up in many cases, some insurance plans have simply pulled out of certain markets, some provider panels have been narrowed, etc, so many people are not happy. Again, not a surprising finding. The ACA is just another band-aid creating an even more complex and expensive system than already exists. Like Woody Allen said; on the one hand, we could choose the road to ever increasing disillusionment and dispair (the old system) or on the other hand we could choose the road to continued confusion and consternation (the ACA). Pray that we make the wise choice.

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