Poll finds GOP lead on healthcare issues

Republicans lead Democrats among undecided likely voters when it comes to healthcare issues, according to a new poll.

Healthcare news aggregator The Morning Consult found that the GOP has an eight-point advantage on the topic of healthcare going into 2014.

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Undecided likely voters also disapprove of ObamaCare by more than two-to-one, signaling trouble for vulnerable Dems who supported the law, according to the December survey.

The GOP is expected to make President Obama's healthcare law its No. 1 issue for the looming campaign cycle, while Democrats hammer Republican governors who opted out of  the law's Medicaid expansion.

The Affordable Care Act remains unpopular and divisive with the public as its major provisions take effect. Nonetheless, Monday's survey found that more than four in 10 are still considering purchasing insurance through one of the law's new marketplaces.

Among people interested in exchange policies, the same share plan to sign up by the end of the month.

Federal and state health officials managed to sign up about 2.1 million people for private plans by the end of December despite problems with sites like HealthCare.gov.

Now, the Obama administration hopes to increase that number by at least 5 million within the next three months.