If you find yourself trying to settle arguments about how popular – or unpopular – the Affordable Care Act is with various groups of Americans, you might want to bookmark a new interactive chart.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking public opinion about “Obamacare” since 2010. The foundation has launched a feature that lets people select a time frame and group to see how favorable and unfavorable ratings have changed over time.
The party affiliation chart brings few surprises, but I was intrigued to see that people earning more than $90,000 a year were more likely to favor the act (48 percent) than those earning less than $40,000 (45 percent) or those in the middle (40 percent). Those in the lowest income group are the only ones who have topped 50 percent favorable, and only a few times over the last five years.
Blacks and Hispanics consistently like the act better than whites. Since subsidized insurance went on the market in 2014, the uninsured have mostly logged a lower opinion of the act than those who have coverage. Millions of uninsured people got coverage in 2014, but many others remain shut out in states like the Carolinas, which opted not to take federal money to provide Medicaid coverage for able-bodied adults below the poverty line.