Obamacare Disapproval Drops as Website Improves

    December 13, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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House Republicans’ government shutdown in October did no favors for a congress that hit new lows in approval this year. However, the botched rollout of the Healthcare.gov website also shifted Americans’ opinions against the very law that Republicans were protesting against.

Now that the Healthcare.gov website is finally moving toward functionality it appears Americans are softening their opinions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, colloquially known as “Obamacare“).

A new Gallup poll conducted this week shows that disapproval for the ACA is dropping at a consistent rate. From the high of 55% of Americans who said they generally disapprove of the Affordable Care Act in November, the rate of disapproval for the legislation has now dropped to the slim majority of 51%. Approval for the ACA, which dropped to 40% November, has not rebounded with only 41% of Americans this week saying they generally approve of the legislation.

Perhaps surprisingly, approval of the ACA is is up among both Democrats and Republicans since late November. Democrat approval for the law has begun rising after the October dip and now sits at 75%. Republican approval ticked up only slightly to 10%. Independent approval for the ACA, on the other hand, saw a significant drop to just 31% from the steady 38% to 39% it had been throughout November.

With less than a majority of Americans actually approving of the ACA, Gallup is predicting that the healthcare legislation will once again be a major campaign focus for candidates in next year’s midterm elections. However, with a bi-partisan budget now looking like a real possibility it seems that Americans will not have to deal with another government shutdown over the issue.

  • Really?

    Really, from the conversations I have heard in my town and others, most people want to tear down the government and start over. The government knows this too. That is why the police are being militarized and there is all this spying on American citizens. It is not because of terrorists that really don’t freaking exist.

    Most countries fall from within or by massive wars. Not from terrorism. The only thing terrorism does is that it accelerates the way a country falls from within. Fear streamlines the path to self destruction. Look at the damage in the US. It is all self caused really. We are doing it to ourselves. No one is doing it to us.

    It is not one party the people are sick of. It is all of them. Those in charge know it too. What will happen in the future — well your guess is as good as mine.

  • O’Really

    Oh yes, thank you Obama, you spent how many more millions and your how far beyond budget and and deadlines, and my children will be paying this debt for how long. Oh yes, yeah Obamma, our savior. Well, I guess there’s always the fact that some people will be able to keep their plans if they like them for a little while at least, right?

    What’s that, you’d like to sell me a bridge in NY?