Jay Bookman

Opinion columnist and blogger with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues

ObamaCare growing more popular, more effective

Last week, Gallup released its latest polling data on the uninsured in America. This is what the numbers look like:

According to Gallup, "The latest quarterly uninsured rate is the lowest Gallup and Healthways have recorded since daily tracking of this metric began in 2008."

Gallup also released its latest polling data on the popularity of ObamaCare:

As Gallup notes, that represents a 10-point improvement in popularity just since November of 2014.  That's pretty impressive. Even among Republicans, support grew from 8 percent to 14 percent. That's still very low, of course, but given the party's emotional investment in opposition, the trend is interesting.

A new tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation reports similar numbers. By an almost two-to-one margin -- 62 percent to 32 percent -- Americans said they welcomed last month's controversial Supreme Court's decision upholding the legality of ObamaCare subsidies. It's no surprise that Democrats were happy with the decision, but so were independents -- they embraced the court's ruling by a margin of 61 percent to 34 percent.

Republicans were not quite as thrilled. Just 29 percent supported the court's decision, while 62 percent said they disapproved. But given the depth of partisan rancor on the issue, I'm surprised the 29 percent approval rating among Republicans is so high.

And overall, 43 percent of Americans now support ObamaCare, while just 40 percent oppose it. That's a huge swing in the Kaiser numbers from July of 2014, when 53 percent opposed the law and just 37 supported it. A CBS/New York Times poll taken in mid-June of this year also shows a slight plurality in support of ObamaCare (43-40) for the first time in that poll's history.

None of that could be happening if ObamaCare were the nightmare that its opponents have long claimed it to be.



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Jay Bookman writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.