Healthcare

Poll: ObamaCare favorability reaches all-time high

The favorable rating for ObamaCare has reached its highest level since the law was enacted in 2010, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll.

The poll finds that 54 percent of the public has a favorable view of the law, compared to 42 percent who have an unfavorable view. That is the highest favorable rating in a KFF poll since it began asking the question in 2010.

The rise is driven by independents, the KFF found, with 55 percent now having a favorable view of the law, a significant jump from 48 percent last month. Nearly eight in ten Republicans still have an unfavorable view of the law.

Polls found that support for the law rose last year during Republican attempts to repeal it. As recently as 2016, more had an unfavorable view of the law than a favorable one in KFF polling.

Separately, the poll finds that health care costs are the top health care issue that voters want to hear candidates talk about ahead of this year's midterm elections.

Asked in an open-ended question for their top health-care concern, 22 percent cited costs. Meanwhile, 7 percent said repealing the Affordable Care Act, 6 percent said decreasing the number of uninsured and 5 percent said a single-payer system.

Costs were also the top focus for those surveyed in areas with tight House or Senate races coming in the 2018 midterms. Twenty-three percent of respondents in those areas said costs were the top health-care item they want to hear candidates talk about.

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