Gallup Poll: Americans Dislike Obamacare But Feel Unaffected by It

Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 06:40 AM

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Americans generally think Obamacare has done them more harm than good—but a vast majority say they haven't been affected at all by the healthcare law, a Gallup poll released Tuesday found.

The latest poll "makes two things clear," a Gallup analysis said. "First, the law has not to this point directly touched most Americans or affected their health insurance status in any way. Second, despite that fact, they generally do not view the law positively."

Of those affected by the law, 19 percent say it has hurt them or their family, while 9 percent say it's helped them.

Sixty-nine percent say Obamacare hasn't affected their situation at all.

The survey was conducted Nov. 23 to Nov. 24 and has a 4 percentage point margin of error.

"Approval of the law in two separate surveys this month has been the worst Gallup has measured to date," the analysis noted, "and Americans predict the law is more likely to hurt than help their own healthcare situation and the situation in the country as a whole."

"Americans have long expected the law to do more harm than good, even at times when they were more approving of the law in general, and well before the recent problems with the rollout of key parts of the law this fall," the analysis added.

Overall, 41 percent think Obamacare will make their own situations worse in the long-term; only 20 percent say the law will make them better off.

The new poll figures come as the Obama administration tries to fix the dysfunctional HealthCare.gov by Saturday.

Earlier this month, officials revealed only 106,185 people had enrolled in Obamacare in October — far lower than the 500,000 officials had hoped to target that month.



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