One consistent finding in Obamacare polling over the last few years is that while the law has never achieved high favorability numbers, repeal of Obamacare is even more unpopular — and most Americans are simply tired of talking about it altogether.
New polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that Obamacare is a low priority in terms of issues voters are focused on this year, although you wouldn’t know that listening to some of the GOP candidates.
Among Kaiser’s findings…most people are pretty happy with their health care:
While there has been recent focus on improving the value of health care, those with insurance under 65 years old largely say the health care services they receive are at least a good value for what they pay for them (71 percent). In addition, despite recent attention in the media and among policymakers to narrow networks and limited provider choice, a large majority (87 percent) of the non-elderly with coverage are also satisfied with the choice of doctors available under their plan, and just 12 percent say they have had to change doctors in the past year because their doctor wasn’t covered by their health plan. Overall, most non-elderly Americans with insurance (74 percent) say that health insurance is worth the money it costs, and six in ten (61 percent) say their plan is an “excellent” or “good” value for what they pay for it.
The country is divided on Obamacare, and many Americans aren’t paying attention to the congressional repeal shenanigans:
For the first time, Republicans in Congress sent a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act to President Obama’s desk that was subsequently vetoed in early 2016. While half of Americans say they followed news on this legislation closely, equal shares of Americans (39 percent) are aware of President Obama’s veto as are unaware of it. Additionally, public opinion of the health care law did not change significantly this month, with 44 percent of the public reporting an unfavorable view of the law and 41 percent reporting a favorable view.
Obamacare ranks eighth on voters’ list of issues most important to them in this election:
Despite the ongoing debate between Republican lawmakers and President Obama on the future of the 2010 health care law, the ACA is only one of many issues that may impact voting decisions, with nearly a quarter (23 percent) saying it’s extremely important, but only four percent choosing it as the MOST important issue. Across all issues included in the poll, terrorism (38 percent) and the economy/jobs (34 percent) are the top two issues for voters at this point in the election. In addition, about 3 in 10 voters (28 percent) say the personal cost of health care and health insurance is extremely important and six percent say it is MOST important, which is similar to the shares of voters who say the same about a number of other issues. Across parties, neither the ACA nor the cost of their health care rank higher than fourth in what voters say will be most important.