This Obamacare Poll Is Bad News For Republicans But Great For America (IMAGE)

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For the first time since President Obama’s 2012 re-election, more Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act than not. This is not where Republicans want to be in the run-up to 2016.

Released Tuesday, the monthly Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that 43% of Americans polled have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, versus 42% of the opposing view.

Although the poll’s margin is “one percentage point, and the difference is within the survey’s margin of sampling error and is not statistically significant” – the trend reveals momentum is gaining as Americans see the benefits of the program in their own lives.

The National Journal reports:

“Last month, 43% of Americans viewed the law unfavorably and 41% favorably. In April of last year, the gap was larger; 46% viewed Obamacare unfavorably, 38% favorably.”

Despite the $440 million marketing dollars spent by Republicans to convince citizens that Obamacare is some sort of Orwellian nightmare, Americans are experiencing the reality: the healthcare gap is closing.

Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, the uninsured rate (the number of Americans without health insurance) has dropped to an all-time low. Furthermore, the Act is making the biggest impact among those who need it most – ethnic minorities, people with lower incomes, and the young.

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But one thing hasn’t changed: closing the healthcare gap remains a partisan issue. As National Journal points out:

“Opinion still is sharply divided by party, with 70% of Democrats viewing the law favorably and 75% of Republicans viewing it unfavorably. Independents fall in the middle; 42% like it and 46% don’t. …”

“The public remains divided — again largely along party lines — on what Congress should do about Obamacare. Slightly less than half want Congress to expand the law or keep it as is, while about 40% want Congress to either repeal or scale back the law.”

In fact, not a single Republican candidate (official or anticipated) so far plans to maintain or expand Obamacare if elected to the Oval Office.

Even New Jersey’s Republican Governor and 2016 potential Chris Christie (who unlike his fellow Republicans gave a warmer response to the expansion of Medicaid) has stated that, “in 2017, there won’t be Obamacare.” During his monthly Ask the Governor show on New Jersey radio last December, he told listeners that if the next President is a Republican, Obamacare will be repealed.

So heading in to the 2016 elections, Americans can be clear about one thing. If they want to retain their access to healthcare, they need to vote Democrat.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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