More Americans say Obamacare has hurt them than helped them, according to a new poll that has shocked...well, exactly no one.
Gallup reports that of the 1,015 adults polled for the study, 18 percent of respondents said the president’s signature Affordable Care Act has helped their families, while 29 percent say it has hurt them – the highest number of naysayers so far since Gallup first asked the question in 2012.
Gallup also notes 51 percent said they have a negative view of Obamacare, compared with 44 percent who think the law is a positive addition to American society. And when it comes to the effect Obamacare has already had on the country’s healthcare situation, more people tend to think the law has actually done more harm than good.
Gallup also asked Americans about the law's effect on the U.S. so far. Thirty-seven percent say the law has helped the healthcare situation in the U.S., while 45% say it has hurt it. A much smaller percentage (12%) say it has had no effect.
Looking ahead, about three-quarters of Americans say the law will ultimately make America worse (36 percent) or not make much difference at all (37 percent), while a relatively paltry 24 percent say they think the law will actually make America better.
Gallup states in its “Bottom Line” assessment:
Six years after passage of the ACA, it appears that much of the American public hasn't embraced the healthcare law and still holds serious reservations about it. Although opinion has fluctuated somewhat over time, Americans have remained at least slightly more negative than positive about the law for three years.
… At the same time, more Americans than at any previous point are reporting that the law has hurt their healthcare situation.
As we here at MRCTV have reported before, Obamacare is terrible – astoundingly terrible. Not only has the government’s floundering attempt to provide healthcare to the uninsured utterly failed to accomplish its goal, the entire process has been mired with problems, ranging from a bugled launch at its onset to the recent announcement by several major insurers that they’ll be pulling out of the marketplace due to some pretty staggering financial losses on the exchange.
So, unlike Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber once claimed, it looks like most Americans aren’t actually stupid enough to think otherwise.