t’s no secret that 2010′s Affordable Care Act is unpopular – except when it’s not. Reuters/Ipsos polling reveals a remarkably high level of approval for nearly all the provisions of the act, often in the 80 percent range, even though respondents oppose the legislation, commonly known as “Obamacare,” by 55 to 45. Remarks made during the October 3 presidential debate added confusion rather than clarity to the healthcare issue.
Polled in midsummer, shortly after the Supreme Court upheld most of the ACA law, almost two-thirds of respondents favored allowing those under the age of 26 to keep their parents’ coverage. Eighty-two percent supported a ban on denying coverage because of preexisting conditions, and 86 percent agreed companies should not be allowed to cancel policies when the owners become ill.