Affordable Care Act originally unpopular because Obama was branded with it, says pollster

Pollster Dan Cox said on Monday that the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, was initially unpopular because former President Obama was branded with the law. 

“People liked the Affordable Care Act and a lot of what was in it. They just didn’t like the Obama part of ObamaCare, the fact that he was branded with it,” Cox, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute, told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha on “What America’s Thinking.” 

Cox’s comments come as ObamaCare continues to gain popularity, despite Republicans attempting to repeal the law. 

A Fox News poll released in August found that 51 percent of voters approved of ObamaCare. 

Democratic pollster Molly Murphy said that certain elements of the law, in particular, are continuing to grow in popularity. 

“You see a majority of Americans who want to see elements of ObamaCare preserved, and extended, and protected,” Murphy, a partner at ALG Research, told Concha. “ObamaCare has become increasingly favorable in the minds of voters as we have gotten further into this Trump administration.”

Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll released last month found that 72 percent of those surveyed said it is “very important” to them that insurance companies remain prohibited from charging sick people more.

— Julia Manchester