- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A closely watched poll said a late surge in Obamacare sign-ups had no effect on Americans’ views of the health care law, with 46 percent holding an unfavorable opinion and 38 percent seeing it in a favorable light.

The April Kaiser Health Tracking Poll said that is no different than last month, despite President Obama’s celebration of 8 million people who signed up for private health plans under his signature overhaul.

Still, nearly six in 10 people — 58 percent — want their lawmakers in Congress to try to improve the law, while slightly more than a third (35 percent) want them to work on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

“As expected, Republicans are far more likely to say the law is still not working than Democrats, with independents in the middle,” the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation said. “Among Democrats, though, about a third believes the law is still not working.”

Kaiser also asked people who remain uninsured why they chose to uninsured and risk paying a fine under the law’s “individual mandate,” which requires almost all Americans to hold insurance if they can afford it.

More than a third said they tried to obtain coverage but it was too expensive, while others (14 percent) said they did not think the mandate applied to them, they did not know about the requirement (13 percent), or they tried to get covered but were unable to (12 percent).

Only 7 percent said they would rather pay the fine than buy insurance.

Respondents by a 2-to-1 margin said they support an Obamacare rule that requires employer-sponsored health plans to insure birth control. Asked specifically about for-profit entities with a religious objection to the services, more than half (55 percent) still felt the companies should comply with the mandate

The Supreme Court is set to rule by June on whether for-profit entities should be forced to insure birth control, despite their faith-based objections to certain types of contraceptives.