The negative margin has been steadily dropping and is now below 10%….
Most American’s want to talk about things OTHER than healthcare……
As a matter or fact, the majority say the law has had NO effect on them at all….
The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that more than four years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and several months into the first year of its coverage expansions, most Americans do not feel personally impacted by the law. Among the minority who say they have felt an impact, more feel they have been harmed than helped by the law, with Republicans more likely to say they have been hurt and Democrats more likely to say they have been helped. More continue to want Congress to work on improving the law than repealing it, with those who want improvements calling for lower health care costs, expanded access, and more help for specific populations. Six months out from the 2014 midterm election and in the midst of primary battles in many states, the ACA is already a frequent topic of political conversation and the subject of an abundance of campaign advertising. Even at this early stage, about half of registered voters say they are tired of hearing candidates for Congress talk about the health care law and want them to focus more on other issues like jobs, while just over four in ten want candidates to continue debating the law. Views on this question track the familiar ACA partisan divide. A majority of voters say they’ll consider a candidate’s position on the health care law as one of many factors in their vote, while three in ten say they would only vote for a candidate who shares their views on the health care law. This is about the same as the share who say their vote would be similarly dependent on a candidate’s views on government spending and somewhat higher than the share who say their votes depend on a candidate’s views on job creation and immigration. With the election still six months away, just over half of voters say they haven’t paid much attention to the campaign so far.
Majority Says They Haven’t Been Impacted By ACA; Partisan Divide In Who Reports Being Helped And Hurt
With open enrollment closed and the first year of the ACA’s coverage expansions underway, six in ten Americans continue to say they have felt no direct personal impact of the law yet. Among those who say they have felt an impact, a larger share reports being directly hurt than directly helped by the law (24 percent versus 14 percent). However, just as overall opinion of the law has divided along party lines from the start, reported personal impact appears to do the same, with Democrats more likely to say the law has helped them (26 percent) and Republicans more likely to report being hurt by the ACA (37 percent). Even when controlling for other demographic factors that might be related to ACA impact, such as income, race/ethnicity, and insurance status, party identification remains a significant predictor of whether an individual reports being helped or hurt by the law….Share on Facebook