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article imageKaiser poll: Approval of Affordable Care Act falls to 35 percent

By Larry Clifton     Sep 9, 2014 in Politics
Washington - While the American people are focused on a new Iraq conflict involving U.S. forces and an open Southern border that some say beckons Islamic State terrorists to enter the country, public approval of ObamaCare has steadily declined over the summer.
According to a monthly poll by the Kaiser Health Foundation released on Tuesday, just 35% of voters support the Affordable Care Act. By comparison, weeks before what many describe as the Democrats’ government takeover of health care was signed, approval stood at 50%.
The poll holds a sliver of good news for the unpopular, partisan law, in that a total of 47% of voters said they feel negatively about it, down from 53% in July.
Still, the 35% approval rating also slipped three points from its 38% rate in May. According to the poll, ObamaCare remains a critical issue in midterm elections, ranking only behind the economy and jobs with respondents. Four years after its passage, nearly 60% of voters said they have not felt any direct impact of the law, according to the poll.
While media outlets have toned down their reporting on ObamaCare, there is no shortage of negative political ads on the subject. Just over half of voters reported seeing an ad related to the healthcare law in the last month, the majority of which were negative. In the 11 states with competitive Senate races, 71 percent of voters said they saw ads related to the law, according to the Kaiser poll.
After the administration bungled the roll out of ObamaCare and a hacker breached it to mine for applicants’ personal information, criticism mounted and Democrats running for the Senate and other offices pulled their support for the unpopular law. One exception is Sen. Udall of Colorado. Udall has run ads in favor of healthcare without specifically naming ACA.
The other hand, political groups had poured about $450 million into anti-ObamaCare ads as of May 2014, according a nonpartisan analysis this summer by Kantar Media CMAG.
Most costs associated with ObamaCare have not been incurred by the government as yet and critics say when they come due, government spending will soar. Another unknown factor is the rise in costs of insurance premiums for 2015 and beyond.
Regarding ObamaCare as a campaign issue this fall, 47% of those surveyed said the debate should continue, while 48 percent said they had already made up their minds and were “tired of hearing about it.”
With a new Iraqi conflict looming for the U.S. amid rising Middle East violence, including a plethora of civil wars, ObamaCare is no longer making daily newspaper headlines; however, the Kaiser poll shows it remains a volatile issue for the Democrats who passed it.
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