Despite Enrollment Success, Healthcare Law Still Unpopular

Andrew Dugan, Gallup, May 29, 2014

Although the Obama administration is boasting higher-than-expected enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, Americans’ attitudes toward the healthcare law have changed only marginally since the open enrollment period ended for 2014. A steady 43% of Americans approve of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” while a majority continue to disapprove of it, roughly where sentiment was before the enrollment window officially closed on March 31.

These data are based on interviews with 2,538 Americans in a May 21-25 Gallup poll.

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Fewer than four in 10 adults (37%) say the law will ultimately make the healthcare situation better in the U.S., consistent with past measures. A plurality of Americans (44%) say it will make things worse, and another 16% say it won’t make much of a difference.

Blacks Most Approving of Law, Whites Least

Approval of the healthcare law is intimately tied to a person’s politics, with 79% of Democrats approving versus 8% of Republicans. Race and ethnicity also play some role in approval of the Affordable Care Act. Non-Hispanic white Americans are, by far, the least supportive of the law, with 35% approving. By contrast, 76% of black Americans approve of the law, while less than a fifth disapprove. Meanwhile, 57% of Hispanics–a group intently targeted by the law–approve, and one-third disapprove.

The Obama administration made a concerted effort to try to enroll Hispanics, the least likely of the three major racial/ethnic groups to report having health insurance, with President Barack Obama appearing on two Spanish-language television networks earlier this year to discuss the issue.

Black Americans are also most likely to see the law as making the healthcare situation in the U.S. better, with 64% saying so. Lesser shares of Hispanics (41%) and whites (31%) believe the law will improve the U.S. healthcare situation.

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  • “Higher than expected enrollment”

    “Enrollment” = Someone selecting a plan from one of the exchange websites, then discovering they can’t afford it, so they don’t buy the plan and get off the website.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Blacks Most Approving of Law, Whites Least”

    As the younger generation would say, “Well, duuuuuuuh”

    Gibsmedat

    • Tom Thumb

      Blacks don’t pay taxes. Why would they care about anything run on tax moneys?

  • dd121

    The lefties aren’t going to stop their lying about Obama Care and anybody who has ever picked up a newspaper isn’t going to be persuaded that it’s great.

  • dd121

    The lefties aren’t going to stop their lying about Obama Care and anybody who has ever picked up a newspaper isn’t going to be persuaded that it’s great.

  • Luca

    Most blacks and browns will be getting it for free, so I imagine they will say they like it. They like free things and shiny objects.

    Most doctors will tell you they are retiring or reverting to dentistry or another unrelated field.

  • Publius Pompilius Quitus

    Because of their lesser position on the IQ bell curve, Blacks will have less econemic success and therefore favor econemic socialism. I wish conservatives could understand this!

    • 1stworlder

      They think 3rdworld Mexicans will not vote for more free stuff either.

  • WR_the_realist

    The liberals seem to think that the only opposition we have to Obamacare is that not enough people signed up quickly enough. How about the fact that it’s a zero sum game — for every poor Hispanic who was spawned by illegal immigrants and is now covered by Obamacare there is a white person of modest income who has seen his insurance rates double. The insurance companies are still in the loop so all the inefficiencies and wastefulness of the old system are still in place.

  • JSS

    In other words Whites in Amurrika who have some shame and dignity prefer to take care of themselves while blacks are basically parasites. All of the successful socialized models in Europe were dependent on all citizens paying in for the system to work. This implied high social trust which is tied to homogeneity. You can’t have that with vibrant diversity present.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      More ethnic diversity also means the gradual erosion of the welfare state over time. This is because people are less willing to pay taxes to finance a public sector that benefits culturally and genetically dissimilar aliens, rather than members of their own racial group. Once the US is reduced to a “tangle of squabbling nationalities,” where whites are just one minority among many, there will be no more welfare state.

      • JSS

        It’s funny when people point to the UK and Scandinavian countries as having successful socialized medicine. Pretty much anything a homogeneous White nation tries to put together will work. Whether its a space program or medical system. The NHS in England can now boast of diversity care givers raping patients and spreading disease in hospitals. As the Scandinavian countries turn into northern Somalia their health care will become more like Somalias. Your totally correct about the welfare state. A welfare state that works at all needs high social trust and productive citizens. That rules out anyone but homogeneous nations of Whites or North Asians.

    • Chasmania

      What I wonder is what is it going to take to finally wake people up to the tidal wave of crap that is looming over our society ? What straw will finally break the back of the proverbial camel and get people to stop caring about repercussions more than the sake of our country and our society ?
      IMO no mere winning of a few elections is going to change anything of substance. The enemy is too entrenched and has the ‘rule of law’ on their side, so it’s going to almost certainly take some sort of insurrection.

  • It was Obama’s message that sold blacks on the law, “If you like your witchdoctor, you can keep your witchdoctor.” That, plus, “Whee, it’s free.”

    • me

      Yup. ‘Free’ is the operative word. Whites knew that, somehow, we would wind up paying and paying for the ‘minorities’ again. We always do.

  • JohnEngelman

    Before you tell your boss how to reorganize his department, you better increase productivity by twenty percent.

    Before President Obama moved on health care he should have pursued policies that restored the job market. He should have achieved successful conclusions to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That would have given him credibility he has not earned yet.

    • Jesse James

      Maybe before deciding to take over the entire health care system for every person living within the boundaries of the United States the Federal government should have demonstrated their competence in delivering healthcare to veterans through the VA hospital system After all they have had since 1930 to perfect that system and show that it can deliver quality healthcare to veterans. The beginnings of the system go all the way back to the end of the Civil War and the creation of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. You would think they would have that system worked out and fully operational by now.

      • JohnEngelman

        If the government is going to play a major role in the economy the government needs to be competently run. Among other things, that means that there must be no affirmative action.

  • willbest

    Only the government would count it as a win when you burn down 6 million houses, but provide 6.2 million huts as replacement.

  • Jon Doe

    Shocking…

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    while a majority continue to disapprove of it

    But how can that be true?

    Obama told us just last month: “We’ve Got Public Opinion on Our Side on Every Issue!”

    http //pjmedia com/tatler/2014/05/08/obama-tells-bel-air-donors-weve-got-public-opinion-on-our-side-on-every-issue/

    Now, they’ve got to keep Obamacare from being repealed so it can, as intended, implode in on itself, destroy the private insurance industry leaving the government with “no choice” but to implement a single-payer system.

    You want decent health care? Head for Iraq or Afghanistan, join the Taliban or al-Qaeda, get yourself captured by the Americans and then sent to Gitmo:

    Doctors and medical personnel are at their beck and call. Got a cold, a fever, a toothache, a tumor, chest or back pain, mental health issues, PTSD? No problem, come right on in. Military doctors are waiting to see you.

    The VA and Gitmo eligible patient-to-health care provider ratios speak volumes.

    While the Gitmo ratio is 1.5 to 1, for America’s 9 million veterans receiving VA health care and 267,930 VA employees, the ratio is 35 to 1.

    — former Pentagon spokesperson J.D. Gordon

  • “Non-Hispanic white Americans are, by far, the least supportive of the law, with 35% approving.”

    35% is way too much.

  • Give “free” health care to a few million freeloaders, and cancel the policies of a few million hard-working people who happened to pay out of pocket for individual policies, what’s not to love?