Opinions about the health reform
Favorability for the health reform law in the United States has fluctuated only slightly since 2010. In April 2010, 40 percent of U.S. adults had an unfavorable opinion regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while 49 percent said the same in April 2016. As expected, Republicans tended to consider the ACA as unfavorable while Democrats were more likely to favor the bill. Nevertheless, about 18 percent of U.S. adults claimed that they were not too familiar with the new health care reform bill. As of March 2015, about 57 percent of U.S. adults said that the ACA has had no direct impact on themselves or their families, while 22 percent claimed that the bill had hurt them and their family.
The ACA, also known as ObamaCare was signed into law in 2010, prompting a wide range of discussion across the nation. This bill prevents health plans from limiting or denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, arbitrarily withdrawing insurance coverage, and implementing lifetime limits on coverage. The ACA is expected to reduce the number of uninsured individuals by 25 million people by 2023. Those who view the ACA favorably usually reason that the bill will increase health care and insurance access, while the opposition often mentions that the health costs may increase and that the law is too expensive.