Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Recent Distillations of Health Care/Obamacare Polling

Via Huffpollster, here are some recent commentaries on what the polls are showing about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and government's role in helping people obtain health insurance:
  • Liberal columnist Jonathan Alter argues that, when opposition from the left to the ACA (i.e., for falling short of single-payer) is taken into account, well below a majority of Americans accept conservative arguments against Obamacare. The phenomenon of opposition from the left was discussed previously on this blog here.
  • Republican pollster Bill McInturff summarizes what he sees as some key themes, such as considerable opposition to the ACA from subgroups of the population (e.g., those dissatisfied with their current health care) who might be expected to be supportive, and the persistently low levels of understanding of the law reported by the public.
  • Public support for a government role in helping provide health insurance for people who cannot afford it is not as high as it once was, but is still pretty high.

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