Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?

U.S. opinion on the health reform law April 2010 - October 2018 This statistic illustrates the results of a continuing survey regarding the public opinion on the health reform law in the United States. The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. As of May 2017, 49 percent of the respondents had a favorable opinion on the health reform law, while 42 percent had a generally unfavorable opinion on the health reform law. Some nine percent didn't know or refused to answer.
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.
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Month of survey conductedFavorableUnfavorableDon't know/Refused
April 201046%40%14%
May 201041%44%14%
June 201048%41%10%
July 201050%35%14%
August 201043%45%12%
September 201049%40%11%
October 201042%44%15%
November 201042%40%18%
December 201042%41%18%
January 201141%50%9%
February 201143%48%8%
March 201142%46%13%
April 201141%41%18%
May 201142%44%14%
June 201142%46%12%
July 201142%43%15%
August 201139%44%17%
September 201141%43%16%
October 201134%51%15%
November 201137%44%19%
December 201141%43%17%
January 201237%44%19%
February 201242%43%15%
March 201241%40%19%
April 201242%43%15%
May 201237%44%19%
June 201241%41%18%
July 201238%44%17%
August 201238%43%19%
September 201245%40%14%
October 201238%43%19%
November 201243%39%19%
October 201338%44%18%
November 201333%49%18%
July 201437%53%10%
December 201441%46%14%
January 201540%46%15%
March 201541%43%16%
May 201539%42%19%
August 201544%41%14%
December 201540%46%14%
April 201638%49%13%
June 201642%44%14%
August 201640%42%17%
October 201645%45%10%
December 201643%46%11%
March 201749%44%7%
May 201749%42%9%
July 201750%44%6%
October 201751%40%9%
January 201850%42%8%
March 201850%43%7%
June 201850%41%9%
August 201850%40%10%
October 201849%42%9%
Month of survey conductedFavorableUnfavorableDon't know/Refused
April 201046%40%14%
May 201041%44%14%
June 201048%41%10%
July 201050%35%14%
August 201043%45%12%
September 201049%40%11%
October 201042%44%15%
November 201042%40%18%
December 201042%41%18%
January 201141%50%9%
February 201143%48%8%
March 201142%46%13%
April 201141%41%18%
May 201142%44%14%
June 201142%46%12%
July 201142%43%15%
August 201139%44%17%
September 201141%43%16%
October 201134%51%15%
November 201137%44%19%
December 201141%43%17%
January 201237%44%19%
February 201242%43%15%
March 201241%40%19%
April 201242%43%15%
May 201237%44%19%
June 201241%41%18%
July 201238%44%17%
August 201238%43%19%
September 201245%40%14%
October 201238%43%19%
November 201243%39%19%
October 201338%44%18%
November 201333%49%18%
July 201437%53%10%
December 201441%46%14%
January 201540%46%15%
March 201541%43%16%
May 201539%42%19%
August 201544%41%14%
December 201540%46%14%
April 201638%49%13%
June 201642%44%14%
August 201640%42%17%
October 201645%45%10%
December 201643%46%11%
March 201749%44%7%
May 201749%42%9%
July 201750%44%6%
October 201751%40%9%
January 201850%42%8%
March 201850%43%7%
June 201850%41%9%
August 201850%40%10%
October 201849%42%9%
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This statistic illustrates the results of a continuing survey regarding the public opinion on the health reform law in the United States. The Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010. As of May 2017, 49 percent of the respondents had a favorable opinion on the health reform law, while 42 percent had a generally unfavorable opinion on the health reform law. Some nine percent didn't know or refused to answer.
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.
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Release date
October 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
April 2010 to October 2018
Number of respondents
around 1,200 respondents
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)
Supplementary notes
The number of respondents is not the same for every survey.

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