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Gallup: The Affordable Care Act Isn’t Popular, But Its Provisions Are

By Igor Volsky on November 16, 2011 at 9:00 am

"Gallup: The Affordable Care Act Isn’t Popular, But Its Provisions Are"

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A new Gallup poll finds that while a plurality of Americans favor repeal — 47 percent to 42 percent — most still believe that it’s the “federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare,” the same basic pattern found in 2009 and 2010. Fifty-six percent also told Gallup that “they prefer a system for providing healthcare based mostly on private health insurance, rather than one that is government run”:

So while Americans oppose a law called the Affordable Care Act, they support its provisions — the individual requirement and a private system of insurance (expressed in the ACA through state-based exchanges that will offer private coverage.) These elements remain popular despite two years of daily attacks and misrepresentations, which seemed to have only heightened the public’s frustration with the political process that created the ACA, while shielding the actual substance from too much disapproval. All this is good news for reform and suggests that it will only grow in popularity once a larger number of Americans benefit from it.

A recent CNN poll also found that “52% of Americans favor mandatory health insurance, up from 44% in June. [...] 47% oppose the health insurance mandate, down from 54% in early summer.”

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