- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 21, 2015

More than a quarter of Obamacare enrollees say they’ve been negatively affected by the law, according to a study released Thursday that finds deeply partisan views of the 2010 overhaul persist.

The Kaiser Family Foundation said 27 percent of people with plans from the law’s marketplace felt worse off, while 53 percent said they had benefitted.

The numbers changed little when the survey isolated people who received government subsidies to help them pay for coverage, with 57 percent saying they benefitted and 25 percent holding a negative view.

The findings were part of an extensive study on people in the non-group market, or people who got insurance on their own — either on an Obamacare exchange or on the open market — and not through a job or public program.

Kaiser said six out of 10 people in this market held a plan through the marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act.



Among the non-group market overall, more than half of Republicans (55 percent) said they’ve been negatively affected by Obamacare, while only 19 percent reported a benefit.

The numbers swung the other way among Democrats, with nearly two-thirds reporting a benefit and 12 percent feeling slighted by the law.

The partisan divide is consistent with prior Obamacare polling and reflects the atmosphere on Capitol Hill, where congressional Republicans are pushing to repeal President Obama’s signature law through a fast-track budget tool or by leveraging a Supreme Court decision, due by June, that could gut the law by striking down its subsidies in at least 34 states.

The study also found that three quarters of Obamacare customers are satisfied with their coverage, although a large share still worry about their medical costs, particularly if they have a deductible above $1,500.

Nearly seven in 10 people who hold Obamacare-compliant plans said they didn’t bother to shop around when they renewed their 2014 coverage for this year, even though the law was designed to compel Americans to find the best deal from year to year.

Among those who blindly renewed, about a third said they were satisfied with their coverage, and one in 10 said they were too busy to shop around.

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