Obamacare problems don’t hit home for most Americans

Despite weeks of bad headlines for Obamacare and an increasing number of Americans opposing it, the vast majority of Americans still don't expect it to have a negative impact on them personally.

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows 32 percent of people say they expect to be worse off under Obamacare. That number is basically unchanged from the last few years and exactly the same as it was right after the bill was signed into law in 2010.


The number expecting to be better off has declined over the years but didn't dip much in recent weeks. It went from 24 percent in September, before the health-care exchanges were launched, to 21 percent today.

Of the few people who have shifted their opinion, most now say that the law simply won't make much difference in their lives. A plurality — 41 percent — holds this opinion, the highest that number has been since early 2012.

While people don't necessarily see the law hurting them personally, an increasing number says it's likely to hurt the country.

The new poll shows 43 percent think it will make the country worse off — a new high — while 34 percent think it will make the country better off.


Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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