Much to the dismay of the Republican party, it seems that most Americans are warming up to "Obamacare."
As the months have passed since the Affordable Care Act kicked into full gear, more then 8 million Americans have signed up for private plans even after a difficult roll-out of the healthcare.gov exchange. Including those who have been covered by Medicaid in the states that have expanded it, more than 10 million Americans have access health care.
While polls taken over the last six months have shown that the ACA is slightly less popular than it is popular, a new poll shows that a majority of the American people want to either keep the ACA how it is, or improve on it. Conservative outrage has been commonplace, as shouts of "socialism" could be heard at Tea Party rallies around the country. One group that isn't too happy with the ACA are more progressive Americans. Those who crossed their fingers with hopes of a single payer, true universal health care system. President Obama backed away from single payer health care and adopted a program that nearly mirrored former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's plan, one that was partially crafted by the conservative group the "Heritage Foundation."
According to CNN/ORC International survey, 61 percent of the American people want to either keep the ACA how it currently is, or want to improve it. The news is split for the Democrats and the White House as only 12 percent want to keep the law exactly how it is, but the light at the end of the tunnel is that 49 percent want to keep it on the books, but just improve it. Thirty-eight percent say they want to repeal the law, of which 18 percent want to replace it with a new system and 20 percent wanting to go back to the old system.
Americans seem to be split on their confidence over whether the law will be improved. Forty-seven percent believe that the problems with the new law won't be fixed, and 51 percent have more optimism.
The CNN/ORC International poll was conducted between May 2-4 by questioning 1,008 people via telephone. The survey has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.