After public support for President Obama’s health care law took a dive and then rose again over the fall, it fell again in January, according to the latest poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they feel favorable toward the Affordable Care Act, down from 41 percent in December. At times, support for the bill has spiked as high as 50 percent but has been on a downward trajectory over the past six months, according to Kaiser polls taken every month since the law was passed in March 2010.
At the same time, opposition to the law has risen slightly since the law was passed. Forty-four percent of respondents in January said they don’t feel favorable toward the law, compared with 40 percent after it was passed.
As Americans remain divided over whether the law will improve health care, it is expected to become a focal point in the coming months as the Supreme Court prepares to hear challenges to some of its key provisions. More than half the states will try to persuade the justices that an individual mandate to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty and a massive Medicaid expansion are unconstitutional.
Indecision over the law also seems to be rising, with 19 percent of Americans saying they don’t know whether they favor the law or not, compared with 14 percent initially.