America’s Reaction to the Affordable Care Act after the Unveiling: Polls Reveal Current Public Opinion

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Two months after the deadline to sign up for a health insurance plan under the laws of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have widely varying opinions about the effect this new healthcare law has had on the nation.

A poll conducted by Bankrate revealed that 43% of Americans believe that the Affordable Care Act – often referred to as “Obamacare” — has had a mostly negative impact on America, while only 28% of those polled think the ACA has positively affected the country. Slightly more than 20% of those polled are neutral, believing that it has not had very much impact on Americans.


A Breakdown of Figures

medical-advocacy_162136106The study revealed a link between higher wage earners and a discontented feeling toward the Affordable Care Act. Fifty-three percent of those who earn more than $50,000 per year believe the ACA has had a negative impact on the country. Americans who earn less than $30,000 per year are mostly positive or neutral about the state of the nation under the Affordable Care Act, with just 29% of this group feeling negatively toward the law.

A link between political affiliation and support of the ACA was also apparent in the results of this poll. The poll revealed that 54% of Democrats have an overall positive opinion of the new healthcare policy while only 8% of Republicans shared their optimistic attitude. Twenty-four percent of Independents feel Americans have been positively affected under the Affordable Care Act.

Urbanites, suburbanites and ruralites have varying opinions as well, although the gap between the urban population and the latter is much more apparent. Urban Americans have more positive feelings toward the ACA, with only 33% of urbanites showing dissatisfaction toward the new laws. However, 51% of the rural American population and 46% of the suburban population believe the ACA is negatively affecting Americans.


CBS News Poll

CBS News conducted a poll of more than 1,000 Americans regarding whether the Affordable Care Act should be kept exactly as it is, if it needs to have minor changes implemented or if it needs to be dismantled. A different spin is put on this poll; the participants were polled five times with the same questions in a six-month period.

The results? Throughout the six-month period, between November 2013 and May 2014, the majority of participants expressed a need for changes to the healthcare law. The numbers stayed remarkably close throughout the polling dates among all categories. In November 2013, 48% of the participants thought that changes needed to be made in the approaching health care law, 43% expressed a need for it to be repealed, while only 7% thought the law should be kept in its original state.

However, as the deadline to sign up for Obamacare approached, the numbers shifted slightly. Between May 16 and 19, 2014, when the same participants were asked these questions a final time, 56% stated that changes needed to be made to the health care law, 35% believed that Obamacare needed to be repealed and 6% thought that no changes should be made to the new health care law.

As time goes on and Americans experience more of what it means to live under the Affordable Care Act, we will hopefully be able to continue voicing our opinions and concerns. This certainly is an interesting time in which we are living, and if history has shown us anything, it’s that change is always a certainty.

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