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Obamacare Ratings Improve, Especially Among Currently Uninsured

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 7, 2013

Well, the Republicans, their media allies, and a few weakkneed weathervanes among the Democrats have been part of a non-stop three-week-long hate parade against the ACA.

And guess what? It’s actually gotten slightly more popular during that time.

Despite glitches at HealthCare.gov, despite a non-stop onslaught of news stories about cancellation letters and “Obamacare took my insurance away,” yet another poll shows that Obamacare isn’t losing support but in fact is gaining in popularity. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows a modest gain in overall support for the law, from 44 percent in September to 47 percent in October.

Where are the gains coming from? Mostly, from the ranks of the uninsured:

The uninsured view the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, more favorably since online marketplaces opened—44 percent compared with 37 percent in September, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll. It found that 56 percent oppose the program compared with 63 percent in September.

A higher proportion of the uninsured also said they are interested in buying insurance on the exchanges, with 42 percent in October, saying they were likely to enroll compared with 37 percent in September. The results have a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

“The launch of the exchanges, that’s the first real world event for a lot of people,” said Chris Jackson, an Ipsos pollster. “There’s been this sense that once people got familiar with it, public opinion would start to move in its direction.”

This will be especially interesting come January and February, when Ted Cruz and his Suicide Caucusers plan to once again shut down the government and hold the US economy hostage — this time in an election year — in order to undo the ACA.

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