In July 2010, 50% of Americans polled by the Kaiser Family Foundation said they viewed the Affordable Care Act favorably. At that time, 35% had an unfavorable view of Obamacare and 15% were undecided.
By January 2011, views on Obamacare shifted with favorable views dropping to 41% and the unfavorable increased to 50% and peaked at 51% unfavorable by October 2011. At that time only 34% held a favorable view of Obamacare and 15% still had no opinion.
The Obama propaganda machine went into overdrive leading up to the 2012 elections and by September 2012, roles had again reversed and more people favored Obamacare than disapproved by a 45% to 40% margin.
However, that all changed immediately after the November 2012 election when the number of people with unfavorable opinions of Obamacare began to steadily increase to a record high last month. According to the latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 53% of the people polled in July held an unfavorable view of Obamacare. Only 37% hold a favorable view and the undecided dropped to 11%. The Kaiser people noted that the poll revealed that more people are forming opinions about Obamacare and those opinions are negative ones.
In the past, changes in the polls reflected some type of event such as the failed launch of the Healthcare.gov website or several million people losing their healthcare plans due to Obamacare regulations. However, the timing of July’s poll was just prior to a court ruling on the legality of federal subsidies and prior to the GOP lawsuit against Obama’s illegal changes to Obamacare.
The only event that occurred just prior to the poll was the reports that the number of uninsured Americans had dropped. This should have had a positive effect on the poll instead of the unfavorable trend revealed in the July poll. No one was really sure why the unfavorable views of Obamacare spiked in July.
I have an idea why. There have been a growing number of reports in June and July that a large number of policyholders will be facing increases in their premiums. If the premium increases are as numerous and as high as the reports indicate, I expect the unfavorable opinions of Obamacare to go up even higher. I also expect that the number of uninsured Americans will increase as well as many of them will be dropping their policies because they can’t afford the higher premiums.