Ever since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as ObamaCare) started, a lot of people have benefited. Many did gain access to affordable and quality health insurance, and it was somewhat effective in reducing the growth in healthcare spending. But for some reason many also do not approve of it, in particular the white and wealthy. While it has positively impacted the lives of the unhealthy, it seems to have negative effects on the lives of healthy and well-off Americans. And what’s even more interesting is that we don’t see much support from those people ObamaCare benefits.
On February 24, 2014, the Urban Institute published the results of an opinion pollingÂ with regards to ObamaCare. This is what they discovered – that “Americans most likely to have unfavorable view of the Affordable Care Act are in the middle- and higher-income groups, have private insurance, are in very good/excellent health, are white, and live in rural areas. Those most likely to have no opinion include the groups most likely to benefit from the law – those in fair/poor health, those with lower incomes, the uninsured, nonwhites and Hispanics, high school graduates (or less), and the young.”
According to a local insurance agent I talked to, most of the time healthy individuals are those who can afford health insurance, hospital bills and medication, those who are more knowledgeable with regards to healthcare, those who have stable jobs, those who aren’t always subject to racism and discrimination. By studying the poll results, it appears that ObamaCare, to some degree, uses a re-distributive process in achieving its goals. And by that it means that it reallocates wealth from healthy individuals to unhealthy citizens. So now you can begin to understand why so many people, especially the healthy and wealthy, always seem to be fussing about the ACA.
Who likes Obamacare?
More findings include that “those who said they were affected by at least one of the early benefit provisions of the law had a more favorable opinion of the ACA than those who said they had not been so affected (or were unsure)… Large proportions of uninsured adults, particularly whites and middle-income adults, were more likely to have an unfavorable than a favorable opinion of the law. In addition, the uninsured most likely to benefit from the ACA expressed only weak support for it and were more likely to have no opinion than to have a favorable view.”
Lack of education
So why do people who benefit from ObamaCare seem to be so indifferent and unappreciative of something that has been able to help them out? Well, the problem isn’t in the people. The problem is that there is a lack of public education, and those that ACA actually helps don’t quite understand it or how to take advantage of it. So rather than praising it, they either have weak opinions of it or no opinion at all. Here’s hoping the government was able to spend a bit of their time reading the poll, as it serves as a call for them to reassess and hopefully do a re-branding of the ACA.