They’ve passed the health care bill, but even the uninsured don’t like what’s in it.
Kaiser Family Foundation’s monthly tracking poll found that the uninsured population’s has an unfavorable view of the health care law by a margin of two to one — a huge spike in the negative response after Obamacare’s launch.
Forty-seven percent of uninsured respondents see Obamacare unfavorably, up from 43 percent in pre-launch in December. While 36 percent of uninsured respondents saw the law positively in December, that’s dropped to 24 percent in January.
The largest swath of uninsured survey participants expect Obamacare will make their situations worse, 29 percent think they wouldn’t be affected much at all and just 26 percent believe Obamacare will actually help.
Many new Obamacare enrollees already had insurance before the law took effect.
The numbers are even worse for the population as a whole: 50 percent of respondents overall view the health care law unfavorably and 34 percent favorably, an almost identical gap to November, when the Obama administration was in the throes of the tech surge to fix the flailing HealthCare.gov.
Most people didn’t feel Obamacare had done anything for them at all. Fifty-nine percent don’t believe they’ve been personally impacted by the reform law. Those who say their family has been negatively affected outnumber those who say they have benefited 27 percent to 15 percent.
Unsurprisingly, that’s in line with current enrollment numbers that display more have had insurance plans canceled, with conservative estimates at 4.7 million, than have chosen an insurance plan on Obamacare exchanges — just 3 million so far.
Ironically, despite millions in ad campaigns, Kaiser found that a majority of Americans don’t think Obamacare’s fully rolled out yet. And while Obamacare’s technically law of the land now, the Obama administration’s unilateral decision to put off huge swaths of the law that were difficult or unpopular to implement could be the reason that just 62 percent think just “some” of the law has launched.
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