The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare isn’t so popular.
A new poll reveals that a majority of Americans don’t see it for President Barack Obama’s historic universal health care law. Conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the poll found that 53 percent of people view Obamacare unfavorably. That number is a 8-percentage point spike since June.
The poll also found that the number of Americans who view Obamacare favorably fell to 37 percent, marking the lowest rating the law has received since being passed into law.. Views on the Affordable Care Act remain among political party lines.
The Huffington Post reports:
By April, more than 8 million people had used the law's health insurance exchanges to sign up for private coverage, with 86 percent of enrollees receiving financial assistance. Millions more enrolled into Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, which offers insurance to children in families with incomes too high for Medicaid.
The law also appears to be significantly reducing the ranks of the uninsured. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the number of uninsured people in the nation has dropped by 10 million people because of Obamacare enrollment.
Despite the number of Americans benefiting from the health care law, Obamacare has long been reluctantly embraced - reasons vary, however. Republicans have adamantly vowed to repeal the law, while the public generally opposes key features of the law, particularly its individual mandate that nearly everyone obtain health coverage. Another let down for American policyholders was President Obama’s previous promise that they would be able to keep their current insurance policies.
Polls also show that many Americans, including the uninsured, believe they can't afford the insurance sold on the Obamacare exchanges, and aren't aware that financial assistance is available.