About 53 percent of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul four years after he signed it into law.
That compares with 41 percent who approve of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a Pew Research Center report.
Still, of those opposed to the law, more want to see lawmakers make the it work rather than fail.
White respondents disapprove of the health-care law by about two-to-one ratio, while black Americans support it by more than a four-to-one ratio. Hispanics are evenly divided on the law, a sharp drop from that ethnic group’s super-majority level of support last fall, according to the report. Younger Americans are more supportive of the law than older people.
In a Bloomberg National Poll earlier this month, a 51 percent majority said the law “may need small modifications, but we should see how it works,” compared with 34 percent who would repeal the law and 13 percent who would leave it as is.
About 52 percent said that political candidates’ view of the health-care law would be a “major factor” in determining their candidate choice in the November congressional elections, according to the Bloomberg survey. Opponents of repealing the Affordable Care Act are more motivated to participate in the election than the law’s supporters.
“Since I signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the share of Americans with insurance is up, and the growth of health care costs is down, to its slowest rate in fifty years – two of the most promising developments for our middle class and our fiscal future in a long time,” Obama said in a statement yesterday. He signed the measure into law on March 23, 2010.
The administration, which has been trying to recover from political fallout from the botched rollout of its health-care website, “will spend the fifth year of this law and beyond working to implement and improve on it,” the president said.
The law known as Obamacare has been “implemented irresponsibly” and led to the cancellation of millions of insurance plans, the Republican National Committee said in a statement yesterday.
The deadline for signing up this year and averting any 2014 tax penalty for lacking health insurance is one week from today, and the administration is beating the drum:
— Obamacare (@obamacare) March 23, 2014