Poll: 42 percent think ObamaCare is 'good idea' ahead of law's 10th anniversary

Poll: 42 percent think ObamaCare is 'good idea' ahead of law's 10th anniversary
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare, is about as popular as it has ever been nearing the 10th anniversary of its passage, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll

Forty-two percent of registered voters said they believe the law is a good idea, while 35 percent think it's a bad idea. Another 23 percent don't have an opinion.

The 7-point approval margin is as high as it has been since the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll began tracking the legislation over a decade ago. The approval rating is also within the poll’s margin of error of the 45-percent high the ACA hit in January 2017.


The legislation, which drastically expanded coverage and notably protected people with preexisting conditions from being denied insurance, remains controversial, however.

Opinions on the law are split sharply along party lines — 72 percent of Democratic voters say the law is a good idea, while 72 percent of Republican voters say it’s a bad idea, the poll found.

The bill has a positive approval rating among independents, 37 percent approve and 23 percent disapprove, but another 39 percent are unsure.

Yet there is still division among Democrats — the ACA has emerged as a chief fissure point between former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin Senators huddle on path forward for SALT deduction in spending bill MORE (I-Vt.), the two remaining candidates for the party’s 2020 nomination. 

Biden supports protecting and expanding the law while making a Medicare public option available, while Sanders supports overhauling the entire health care system — including Obamacare — and implementing a single-payer system.

Eighty-one percent of Democrats said they favor allowing people under age 65 the option to buy their health care coverage through the Medicare program just like one might buy private insurance, though 68 percent also said they back “Medicare for All.”

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll surveyed 900 registered voters from March 11-13 and has a margin of error of 3.3 percent.