According to Gallup, Americans’ support for the Affordable Care Act remains basically unchanged since May; 44% currently approve of the law. Nearly three in 10 Americans say the law has hurt their family, the highest Gallup has measured to date..
In a summer that saw many insurers drop out of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, Americans’ support for the healthcare law continues to be slightly more negative than positive. Now, 44% of Americans support the law, also known as Obamacare, and 51% disapprove of it — similar to what Gallup measured last November.
Insurance giant Aetna decided in August to pull out of most of the healthcare exchanges it had entered in 2014 and announced it would not expand into any more states. This news followed similar announcements from other major insurers such as United Healthcare and Humana. There have also been reports that the cost of individual plans offered through health insurance exchanges in many states is likely to jump significantly in the coming years as federal subsidies disappear. Since the spring, the percentage who approve of the law has declined slightly from 47% to 44%, while disapproval has risen two percentage points to 51%.