Half of Americans Want Congress to Repeal or Scale Back Obamacare

After two months of glitches with the new federal healthcare website, there has been little change in the percentage of Americans who want Congress to scale back or repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Fifty-two percent favor scaling back (20%) or repealing (32%) the law, similar to the 50% from mid-October.

At least half of Americans said they would want to repeal or scale back the law each time Gallup asked this question since January 2011. The latest results are from a Gallup poll conducted December 3 to 4. Despite HHS’s announcement on Dec. 1 that the technical issues have been mostly fixed and reports of 29,000 new enrollees in the days thereafter, Americans are no less likely to say Congress should repeal the law or scale it back. Twenty percent want Congress to expand the law, up from 14% in October, while 17% want the law to be kept as is, down from 24%.

Thirty-seven percent of Americans want the law expanded or kept as is while 52% want it repealed or scaled back. The fact that 32% want an outright repeal, compared to 54% who disapprove of the law, suggests that some of those who disapprove still do not want to do away with the law altogether.

While 90% of Republicans want Congress to repeal or scale back the law, 65% of Democrats want to expand the law or keep it as is. Independents almost exactly mirror the national averages, with 50% wanting to repeal or scale back the law, and 37% wanting to expand or keep it as is.

Last Updated 09/16/2020

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