Health care reform is still unpopular, three years after it became law. That is the conclusion of a new CNN survey revealing that 54 percent of Americans oppose the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. It’s got the support of 43 percent, however.
Three fourths of Democrats favor it - compared to 16 percent of Republicans. All of these favorabilty numbers have not changed much since 2010, the poll said.
“Not surprisingly, the Obama coalition is most supportive of Obamacare,” says CNN polling director Keating Holland. “A majority of younger Americans favor the new health care law; support among other age groups falls as low as 31 percent among senior citizens. Only a third of whites support the law, compared to six in 10 non-whites. Obamacare also wins majority support in urban areas and in the Northeast, the bluest region of the country.”
The poll also reveals that 35 percent oppose the health care law because it’s “too liberal”, with while 16 percent say it’s “not liberal enough.”
As public opinion wavers, the new law goes into effect early next year.
“Obama’s next big campaign: selling health care to the public,” points out Ari Shapiro, an analyst for National Public Radio who notes that the White House is now gearing up for a 50-state PR campaign.
“Obamacare has been through more life-and-death cliffhangers than a season finale of ‘Homeland’,” Mr. Shapiro notes.