Poll: ObamaCare enrollment surge didn’t raise public support

Poll: ObamaCare enrollment surge didn’t raise public support
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A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that the surge in ObamaCare enrollments failed to raise public support for the healthcare law.

According to the survey, 38 percent of people have a positive view of the law, while 46 percent still view it unfavorably.

The survey found no change in support for the Affordable Care Act over the past six months, despite the administration surpassing their sign-up goals and enrolling 8 million consumers. 

In October, the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found 38 percent had a favorable view of the health law to 44 percent unfavorable.

Democrats insisted that public support would rise after people enrolled and began to benefit from the law. The GOP, though, believes negative opinion of the law will boost their bid to retake the Senate.

Republican lawmakers have voted to repeal or dismantle the law dozens of times. According to the poll, a majority wants lawmakers to try to improve the law rather than repeal it outright. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed said they wanted Congress to try to fix ObamaCare versus 35 percent who back repeal.

Kaiser also surveyed why those who are still uninsured had not signed up for coverage. A plurality, 36 percent, said they couldn’t afford insurance plans, with 7 percent saying they preferred to pay a fine.

The poll also found support for the law’s contraception mandate. A majority of those surveyed, 55 percent, said for-profit companies should be required to cover birth control for employees, despite the owners’ religious beliefs; 40 percent opposed the mandate.

The Supreme Court is weighing a constitutional challenge to the contraception mandate. Conservatives say the law infringes on religious liberty.