The most recent public polling on topics such as the popularity of the healthcare law, its impact on the medical profession, health costs, and more.
When it comes to health care reform, voters continue to think an overall reduction in costs is more important than guaranteeing that everyone has insurance — but they would prefer that the government keep their hands off and leave it up to some healthy competition to solve the problem.
Views on President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law remain unchanged ahead of an upcoming Supreme Court decision that could potentially gut the law, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
The Foundation for Government Accountability commissioned a poll of 715 ObamaCare exchange enrollees. All enrollees surveyed live in one of the 34 states that are using the HealthCare.gov ObamaCare exchange. Based on their reported income, the vast majority of these enrollees are eligible for subsidies and, as a result, many of these enrollees could be personally impacted by the Supreme Court’s forthcoming King v. Burwell decision.
Later this month, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down its ruling in the case of King v. Burwell, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with potentially major consequences for millions of Americans who have received health insurance under the law’s coverage expansion provisions.
Most feel that Congress and states should act if the Court rules for the plaintiffs, but there is no agreement among partisans. Opinion on the law overall remains divided, with 42 percent of the public reporting an unfavorable view and 39 percent reporting a favorable one, statistically unchanged from when we last asked the question in April.
Most Americans have not been paying close attention to King v. Burwell. A majority continue to say that the Affordable Care Act has not had an effect on them or their family, although the proportion that believes it has hurt and, separately, helped has risen. Views of the ACA remain more negative than positive.
Public support for Obamacare tied its all-time low in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll
– even as most Americans say the Supreme Court should not block federal subsidies at the heart
of the health care law.
With the high court set to rule on the latest challenge to the ACA, the poll reflects the public’s
split views of the law – criticism of its insurance mandate, yet support for extended coverage.
Overall, just 39 percent support the law, down 10 percentage points in a little more than a year to
match the record low from three years ago as the Supreme Court debated the constitutionality of
the individual mandate. A majority, 54 percent, opposes Obamacare, a scant 3 points shy of the
high in late 2013 after the botched rollout of healthcare.gov.
Morning Consult — Awareness of the legal battle has grown since oral arguments in early March, when 44 percent of voters said that they did not know or had no opinion on the core issue at stake in King v. Burwell: the legality of offering healthcare subsidies through the federal exchange.
A poll conducted in late May shows that number dropped to 37 percent.
45% approve, 52% disapprove of the Health Care Law. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 21 and 24, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Public Approval of Health Care Law stands at 42.3% approve, 51.5% disapprove.