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Most Americans Dislike Obamacare, Poll Finds

| by Lauren Briggs
President Barack Obama Signs the Affordable Care Act Into LawPresident Barack Obama Signs the Affordable Care Act Into Law

More Americans disapprove of the health laws that make up the Affordable Care Act, than approve of it, a new poll found.

According to the Pew Research survey, 44 percent of respondents said that they approve of the health care program, sometimes called Obamacare, while 54 percent disapprove of it.

In July 2015, the 2010 health care law had nearly split support, with 48 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval.

While many dislike Obamacare, opinions on the Affordable Care Act's impact on the country has been increasingly positive, with a 16 percent increase in favorable views over the last few years and a 5 percent decrease in unfavorable views.

Now, 44 percent say the law has had a negative impact on the country, 39 percent say the opposite, and 13 percent say it has not had much of an effect either way. While the country may be split on the health care system's impact, opinions have vastly improved over the last few years since December 2013, when respondents had much more negative views on the health care law. Back then, 49 percent expressed a negative opinion and only 23 percent said that it had a positive effect, while 22 percent said it didn't make much difference either way.

Since the health care program began, it has not been smooth sailing. Starting with a major launch failure, people have complained about difficulty enrolling, rising premiums, low enrollment and the collapse of several plans, according to the Washington Examiner.

As the relatively new program still occasionally struggles to find its feet, it is unknown whether these reasons contribute to Americans' disapproval of the step towards universal health care, although more adults say in the poll that the ACA has had a primarily negative impact on them and their families (31 percent) than those who said it had a positive one (23 percent), while 45 percent said it has not had a significant impact.

The numbers of those who said it has not had much of an effect has declined gradually over the years, but the balance between positive and negative opinions remains relatively consistent.

Sources: Pew Research, Washington Examiner / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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