ObamaCare growing more popular, more effective

(AP)

(AP)

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

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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:

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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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fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"In your opinion, more Americans covered by health insurance wasn't a major objective of the PPACA?"


Good discussion point.... Yes, 5MM more people have insurance, but what effect has the massive increase in deductibles the other 200MM Americans have seen had on their decision making about going to the doctor?  

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@fiftythreepercenter Yes, 5MM more people have insurance


Its a much bigger number than that. About triple.


but what effect has the massive increase in deductibles

Not happening. Mine didn't budge. Stop lying. 



Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@fiftythreepercenter 

"but what effect has the massive increase in deductibles the other 200MM Americans have seen had on their decision making about going to the doctor?"

This is the first time that I've heard the assertion that "200MM Americans" have seen increases in their deductibles.  Do you have a cite for that, especially one linking the increases to the PPACA?

Thanks!

LeninTime
LeninTime

Lol. Lindsey Graham out there saying the deal is 'akin to a declaration of war on Israel'.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@LeninTime ahhhh, the drama. and let's not forget the entire sunni arab population . . . you know, our BFFs in the region who can't stop killing us

Paul42
Paul42

@LeninTime so many candidates. Vying for the support of the most extreme elements.  Tells you who has the power at this stage of the race, doesn't it?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@LeninTime @consumedconsumer @Paul42 Lol. Lindsey Graham out there saying the deal is 'akin to a declaration of war on Israel'.


I'm hoping someone had his fainting couch ready. 


Normalizing relations with Iran, easing sanctions which only isolate them further, and getting a much better view into their nuclear program can only be seen as a win.



Normd
Normd

From a song..."A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest..."  Too true here...

Paul42
Paul42

CherokeeCounty 


That was a very informative article on the nuclear deal. Thanks.

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

Hopefully, there will be a sufficient number of Democrats in Congress who'll have the courage to vote against this bogus Iran nuclear agreement that will overturn an Obama veto.

Paul42
Paul42

@Recon2/3 why is it a bad deal?  Where did you get your information? 

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Recon2/3 

Well considering that Netayahoo has almost as many puppets among them as he does among Republicans, it's not impossible.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@RaindroidWillBoy 

So now liberals rush to judge this "good deal" with a country we can't trust and who will continue to sponsor terrorist activities  against our interests.  

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But look at it this way: Iran just made a deal with a country (and 5 others, some of whom largely follow the lead of the first) that probably can't be trusted either and who is also going to continue to sponsor terrorist activities that target its interests. 

So, you could raise the exact same objections from Iran's standpoint too, no?

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fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@Shallyjhone6342 Don't you wonder why the people who post this stuff aren't spending their time DOING this stuff instead of posting this crap?


And who falls for this????

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

"Shovel Ready." can someone translate from Rightwingese and explain why this card gets played quite so often?

I'll take your answers off the air.

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@Visual_Cortex  Translation: Race Card

                                                Bush Card

                                                 etc.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Slate!

But I'm not forming a conclusion until I hear from Salon and dailykos.

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@CherokeeCounty


So now liberals rush to judge this "good deal" with a country we can't trust and who will continue to sponsor terrorist activities  against our interests.  Heck Iran is less trustworthy that your darling Hillary Milhouse Clinton.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Philo_Farnsworth 

But I'm not forming a conclusion until I hear from Salon and dailykos.

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For every Salon or dailykos, there are two or three mouth-foaming neocon Washington Posts and Daily Beasts

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Philo_Farnsworth hear from whomever you want . . . but for many you'll need to parse through the hyperbole and high drama to figure out whether the deal is good for the US.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@RaindroidWillBoy @CherokeeCounty  Awww look at that hatred....  congrats you managed to work Hillary and Nixon!  If you can work in Obamacare and the GM bailout, I will have BINGO.

GuyOnThisSite
GuyOnThisSite

ObamaCare...  Still based on lies and still not meeting the promises made.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Yebbut the PPACA is doing an adequate job of mildly reforming a lousy health insurance and delivery system. So there's that.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@Visual_Cortex How has it reformed it at all.  It's made insurance companies take people they previously would have denied and raised everybody else's rates to cover it.  It's made them provide coverage for people who don't need it (maternity care for men and elderly as examples).  It attempts to make young healthy people pay for everybody else, but they're not falling for it.  It makes people buy into an insurance system you libs say is the problem.  


How is that reforming anything?

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

I will reluctantly accept as big a tax cut as Republicans deem to be needed in order to fund sending their constituency off to Iran to bomb, bomb, bomb, them.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

Typical lib argument:

Only two alternatives exist -- obama's way or all out war.

RaindroidWillBoy
RaindroidWillBoy

@Nick_Danger @Philo_Farnsworth


IMO doing nothing at this point. Our negotiating position was weak and all we got is lick and promise.  They get concrete concessions and we get some nebulous contract with limited inspection capabilities (based on inspection capabilies of unknow efficacy).

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@RaindroidWillBoy yeah, well, the rest of the world wanted a deal and were going to lift most sanctions anyway, so the sanctions were coming to an end.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@RaindroidWillBoy Probably the same as the plan to stop the Sauds from being the primary financiers of the terrorists who target US - i.e., fight the wrong enemy.