PPACA support takes big dipNews added by Benefits Pro on November 18, 2013

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By Kathryn Mayer

The last two months haven’t helped public opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

While support has been generally divided since the law’s passage, new Gallup numbers show support for PPACA has dropped to 40 percent, while 55 percent say they disapprove of the law.

The 15-percentage-point gap between disapproval and approval is the largest Gallup has measured in the past year, researchers said.

The results suggest that the exchange’s glitch-filled rollout — and subsequent problems — as well as news of insurance plan cancellations are at least partly the cause.

Another poll released earlier this week by Quinnipiac University found nearly the exact same numbers of PPACA approval and disapproval.

“President Obama’s misstatement, ‘If you like your health plan, you can keep it,’ left a bad taste with a lot of people,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Nearly half of the voters, 46 percent, think he knowingly deceived them.”

The recent bad news surrounding PPACA isn’t the only reason for dissatisfaction with the law.

When Gallup asked about their disapproval of PPACA, 37 percent of those who weren’t in favor of the law said that “government interference” and the notion of “forcing people to do things” were their biggest complaints.

Twenty-one percent believe the law will increase costs and make healthcare less affordable. Eight percent specifically mention planning, design, or website problems; another 8 percent simply said the law is “not working.”

Eleven percent of survey respondents said they lost their insurance plan because of the law.

The most common reason for supporting the law — cited by 23 percent of respondents — is the belief that it makes health care more accessible to more people.

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