Highly publicized technical glitches have tarnished the rollout of the online government health exchanges since October 1 but a Gallup poll conducted October 18-20, just a few days after the end of the government shutdown, showed that Americans’ views are now slightly more positive regarding the law.
When asked, “Do you generally approve or disapprove of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama that restructured the U.S. healthcare system,” 45 percent answered that they approve, while 50 percent disapprove. This approval rating has inched up four points since August. Also noteworthy, the rate of disapproval also grew by 1 percent.
With functionality issues among the online insurance marketplaces, consumers have reason to criticize the health law. However, given recent survey results, it appears that overall these problems have not negatively affected Americans’ views of the law.
Additional Gallup research shows that the majority of Americans would still prefer that Congress modify the ACA in some way, whether that be repealing it, scaling back or expanding it.
Another interesting point highlighted by the study is that younger Americans (aged 18-29) view the healthcare law more positively than middle-aged and older Americans. This could be that young adults have a higher uninsured rate and their acceptance is crucial to the overall success of the law.