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Obamacare more unpopular than ever: Kaiser poll

President Barack Obama and his ilk in happier times, signing the Affordable Care Act at the White House in 2010.
President Barack Obama and his ilk in happier times, signing the Affordable Care Act at the White House in 2010.
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Obamacare, officially named the Affordable Care Act, is more unpopular than it has ever been, according to a new poll conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Just in the past month, the number of people who are against the national health law has increased an incredible 8 percent, according to a Washington Post news report on Friday morning. Only 37 percent of Americans say they currently support President Barack Obama’s signature legislative move.

The specific comparison of non-support for the Affordable Care Act is that 45 percent of Americans opposed the health law in June of this year, and a month later the survey results show that 53 percent now are opposed to it. Historically, this is said to be one of the largest opinion swings ever on a polled governmental issue. Of concern to Democrats, of course, is that the nation will be going to the ballot box in three short months, according to Breitbart.

In the past, there was a sizable number of persons who had not actually made up their minds about Obamacare. In June, 16 percent of those polled said they weren’t sure about the program. That group of undecided persons had many making a firm decision on their opinion of the program by July. In the July poll, only 11 percent of persons said they were undecided as to whether Obamacare was a good or bad thing for the country and for them personally.

The foundation’s chief executive, Drew Altman, seems baffled by the survey’s change in results in just one month. He said that normally, when negatives go up, it can be tied to a specific event. He suggested that something such as the broken enrollment web site or an announcement that people were to lose their health plans will increase the negativity toward the program. However, that doesn’t lend true, presently. There has been no new information about the program over the summer that would have caused such a drastic increase in unpopularity of the program. Yet, people are starting to really dislike Obamacare in droves.