ObamaCare support hits two-year high

ObamaCare support hits two-year high
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Support for ObamaCare has climbed to its highest level in more than two years, according to a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released Tuesday.

For the first time since the fall of 2012, the percentage of people who say they support the healthcare law is greater than those who oppose it.

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While that result is within the margin of error, with ‪43 supporting the law and 42‬ percent opposing it, the overall favorability for ObamaCare has risen dramatically since November 2013, when the government’s disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov put the White House on the defensive.

Still, public opinion on the law remains fiercely divided, with the vast majority of Democrats in favor of the law and nearly the same percent of Republicans opposed to it.

The poll found that just over 50 percent of people with insurance generally noticed that their healthcare premiums were holding steady or increasing “a little.” About one-quarter said their premiums had “gone up a lot.”

Nearly 75 percent of respondents said the cost of their deductibles and co-pays had remained the same or increased only slightly, with about one-quarter reporting steep increases.

The leveling off of healthcare costs could be good news for Democrats who are eager to increase support for the law before Obama leaves office in 2016.

Throughout the rollout of the law, support has fluctuated widely, though administration officials hope that support will increase as people begin to notice what they say are the benefits.

Support for the law peaked at 50 percent in July 2010, shortly after ObamaCare was passed. Within six months, the law’s favorability had plummeted to 41 percent, and opposition to the law reached 50 percent.