Republican opposition to Obamacare continues despite the Affordable Care Act’s status as “law of the land,” and its ability to withstand every possible challenge lobbed toward it in every legal way possible.
But a new poll reveals that Republicans and others are indeed taking part in Obamacare and its provisions — and that the new law’s many stipulations have yet to cause the widespread misery once predicted.
The Commonwealth Fund conducted the research into Obamacare’s initial affect on Americans of both parties, both insured and previously uninsured, as well as those who had been initially dropped from their low-performing insurance plans.
The New York Times reports upon some of the poll’s findings, including initial satisfaction ratings from Republicans — many of whom were likely staunch opponents of the law:
“Overall, 73 percent of people who bought health plans and 87 percent of those who signed up for Medicaid said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their new health insurance. Seventy-four percent of newly insured Republicans liked their plans. Even 77 percent of people who had insurance before — including members of the much-publicized group whose plans got canceled last year — were happy with their new coverage.”
According to the Commonwealth Fund, the poll also revealed large drops in the number of people who were unable to previously afford insurance remaining uninsured as well as the number of people who avoided routine care or treatment due to inability to pay for services or medications.
The site reports:
“The uninsured rate for people ages 19 to 64 declined from 20 percent in the July-to-September 2013 period to 15 percent in the April-to-June 2014 period. An estimated 9.5 million fewer adults were uninsured. Young men and women drove a large part of the decline: the uninsured rate for 19-to-34-year-olds declined from 28 percent to 18 percent, with an estimated 5.7 million fewer young adults uninsured.”
“By June, 60 percent of adults with new coverage through the marketplaces or Medicaid reported they had visited a doctor or hospital or filled a prescription; of these, 62 percent said they could not have accessed or afforded this care previously.”
The image above (with a slight misspelling included) is taken from a Commonwealth Fund infographic explaining the results of the poll.
The Obamacare polling on both Democrats and Republicans was done between July and September of 2013 as enrollments were set to commence for Affordable Care Act plans, and subsequently between April and June of 2014, after open enrollment for Obamacare plans had concluded.