One nagging problem for Obamacare is that it keeps polling unfavorably with the public; just about every time there’s a question about it, the results show voters have a negative opinion of it. That could be because some don’t think it went far enough to get it out of the hands of for-profit corporations, and it may also be because there’s been a concerted and well-executed effort on the part of the Republicans and their mouthpieces at Fox News to demonize it.
But when you ask the people who are actually enrolled in it what they think of their insurance, the results are encouraging.
Over seven in 10 Americans who bought new health insurance policies through the government exchanges earlier this year rate the quality of their healthcare and their healthcare coverage as “excellent” or “good.” These positive evaluations are generally similar to the reviews that all insured Americans give to their health insurance.
Among those who bought new health insurance policies through the exchanges, the majority are about as satisfied with their coverage and healthcare as are other Americans — suggesting that the end result of the exchange enrollment process is a generally positive one for those who take advantage of it. Americans who still lack health insurance will have the opportunity to buy coverage when the national insurance marketplace exchanges open again on Nov. 15.
What this means is that the Republicans had better hurry up and repeal the law before the rest of America finds out how good it is. That would prove that William Kristol was right way back in 1993: if they don’t kill healthcare reform, it could prove to be a disaster for the Republicans.