HealthCare.gov’s botched launch didn’t change public opinion: poll

November 1, 2013

Despite a very rocky first month for the health insurance exchanges, public opinion on the health-care law did what it has done for the past three years: stayed exactly the same.

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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest tracking survey, "the October poll finds that the public’s overall views of the ACA have held relatively steady since last month, with 44 percent saying they have an unfavorable view of the law, 38 percent a favorable view, and 18 percent saying they don’t know enough to say."

That's pretty much what public opinion looked like last month...and the month before that. There have been some ups and downs, but, taken altogether, the country has pretty much established itself as divided on the health-care law.

One reason we don't see any big swings in public opinion might have to do with the other headlines in the news over the last month. In late October, with the government shutdown coming to an end and Syria in the midst of dismantling its chemical weapons stockpile, the Kaiser poll finds that other news topics were on the front burner.

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It also appears that, despite all the frenzy, most people didn't have any more interaction with the health-care law this month than they had in past months. That makes sense: Most Americans who already receive insurance -- some 85 percent of the population -- are likely to see little change in their own health care plans under the new law.

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