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Aug 01, 2014 - 5:15pm

Poll Finds Sharp Increase in Disapproval with Obamacare

Senior Editor, Digital Content

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds a sharp increase in the public’s displeasure with Obamacare:

After remaining steady for several months, the share of the public expressing an unfavorable view of the health care law rose to 53 percent in July, up eight percentage points since last month’s poll. This increase was offset by a decrease in the share who declined to offer an opinion on the law (11 percent, down from 16 percent in June), while the share who view the law favorably held fairly steady at 37 percent, similar to where it’s been since March.


Kaiser Family Foundation poll on Obamacare's popularity
Kaiser Family Foundation poll on Obamacare's popularity

Just under half (47%) those polled say they talked about the health care law with family or friends. Of those, “far more say they’ve heard mostly bad things rather than mostly good things in these conversations (27 percent versus 6 percent).”


Kaiser Family Foundation poll on Obamacare conversations
Kaiser Family Foundation poll on Obamacare conversations

The poll also finds that “almost twice as many feel the law has hurt them and their family (28 percent, mostly through increased health care and health insurance costs) as feel it has helped them (15 percent, mostly through increased access to insurance coverage).”

This unhappiness with the law may have something do with one-in-four Americans paying more for health care. Or it might have something to do with how the law incentivizes employers to hire part-time workers instead of full-time ones, if they choose to hire at all.

Obamacare’s rules, regulations, mandates, and new taxes are failing to fulfill the law’s promises of improved access to high-quality, affordable health coverage. I’m not surprised that the law continues to be unpopular.

For recommendations on solving these problems read the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Health Care Solutions Council report.

Follow Sean Hackbarth on Twitter at @seanhackbarth and the U.S. Chamber at @uschamber.

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Senior Editor, Digital Content

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