Unfavorable Views of Obamacare Grow Amongst the Uninsured


In mid-December I wrote about Obamacare's dismal poll numbers amongst the uninsured. At that point, there was still some possibility that the poor showing amongst those without insurance was just a lagging indicator of frustrating with the federal exchange website, which was essentially non-functional during October and November.

Now it's the end of January. The biggest problems with the federal exchange have been bandaged for almost two months. And yet the latest monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that opposition to the law amongst the uninsured has actually increased since December. The survey reports that 47 percent of say they have an unfavorable view of the law, up from 43 percent in December. Just 24 percent say they favor the health law, down from 36 percent in November and December.

Here's the chart:

Kaiser Family Foundation

This is the group of people the law was, in theory, supposed to benefit most. And yet even as the most prominent benefits start to kick in, their support is dropping. It's possible, of course, that this could turn around at any time. But it's not a very good sign for the future popularity of the law.  

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  1. Uh, if they were smart enough to correctly judge Obamacare they would have insurance already.

  2. So what you’re saying is that remaining uninsured is somehow causing people to become racist, right?

  3. “This is the group of people the law was, in theory, supposed to benefit most.”

    Say what?

    The vast majority of uninsured people are uninsured by choice, not because they can’t afford as the party line goes. For them, Obamacare just means they’re being forced to buy something they don’t want to buy. Of course they don’t like it.

    1. I don’t think that’s the case.

      The problem is, Obamacare simply isn’t affordable.

      The cost of health insurance has basically tripled – how does that help people who can’t afford insurance?

    2. In the minds of progressives, everyone who is uninsured is either desperately seeking insurance and unable to get it, or else a mooching free rider determined to show up at the emergency room with a fake ID.

  4. “This is the group of people the law was, in theory, supposed to benefit most.”

    In practice, the purpose of the law is to benefit the bureaucracy and extend government control over even more of our lives. This is the difference between theory and practice.

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  6. Correction, if you please: I believe
    “.. a lagging indicator of frustrating with the federal exchange website”
    should be
    “.. a lagging indicator of frustration with the federal exchange website”

  7. The funny part is that if the ACA had worked as planned/hoped in Proglandia, this part should be the honeymoon phase of the ACA – the time when millions of previously uninsured people got warm fuzzy feelings as they now have the peace of mind of being “covered”, but before they get hit with a steep premium increase in year 2 and before they actually have to use their insurance and find out that the doctor can’t see them for 6-8 months.

    1. As I like to say, Obamacare isn’t the Titanic or the Hindenburg, it’s the Titanic crashing into the Hindenburg, in slow motion. It’s the biggest domestic policy catastrophe since Prohibition.

      1. Except that ObamaCare isn’t an accident.
        That would be accurate if the Hindenburg was *designed* to crash into the Titanic, and it’s designers thought that the people on the Titanic would LIKE IT.

        1. Well, I don’t think it was designed to fail, exactly. It was just a kludged-together series of hopes, compromises, and interest-group payoffs.

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