What do citizens think of Obamacare, five years later?
It has become one of the stellar measures of the Obama Administration, but also in one of the most controversial. More than five years after its media-covered approval on March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act (better known as ‘Obamacare’) is still hanging by a thread and with it, so are millions of Americans that could lose their medical coverage if the Supreme Court decides to tip the scale to the side of Republicans in the case of King vs. Burwell. The political sphere has voiced its opinion on numerous occasions, but, what does the US population currently think about ‘Obamacare’? The poll, carried out by the Kaiser Family Foundation, reveals a slight increase in the measure’s popularity level in recent months.
The percentage between citizens in favor of Obamacare and those against it is practically equal for the first time during the last two years, though it has not reached its maximum popularity, reached in July 2014 (53 percent in favor, 37 percent against): And so, to March 2015, 41 percent acknowledged to have a favorable opinion, comparted to 43 percent that did not. Cost is the main argument against the measure, while the possibility of expanding access to medical coverage to a larger number of citizens is what motivates supporters to back this measure.
By parties, the trend stands as is. Seventy-four (74) percent of Republicans are against, while 65 percent of Democrats of in favor of the measure. The Independents are divided: 737 percent is for and 47 percent, against.
As for the personal impact of the measure, 19 percent ensure that they have been benefitted (mainly because family members have been covered, access to the insurance they needed has been facilitated or it has contributed to reducing the cost of the coverage they already had). On the other hand, 22 percent recognizes the implementing Obamacare has been damaging because it has raised the costs of their insurance or made access to medical coverage more difficult.