It’s official. News of the latest survey about Obamacare confirms it. The Affordable Care Act is a looming disaster — for Republican politicians who oppose it.
A new survey by The Commonwealth Fund, whose mission is “to promote a high performing health care system,” finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans approve of the health care plans they have purchased through the various Obamacare exchanges. Out of all of the findings in the survey, here are some of the ones that could prove to be most problematic for Republicans:
- 78 percent of Republicans, and 85 percent of independents who responded said that they were very or somewhat optimistic that their new health coverage will improve their ability to get the care they need.
- 61 percent of those who were uninsured before Obamacare said they are better off now than they were before they selected their new insurance plan. 52 percent of those who already had insurance also believe that their new Obamacare plan is better than their old one.
- 74 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of independents said that they were very or somewhat satisfied with their new insurance plan.
It is also worth noting that out of that 74 percent of Republicans, those who reported being “very satisfied” with their new plan outnumbered those who were only “somewhat satisfied” by 44 percent to 30 percent.
Perhaps the most troubling information in this report in terms of Republican hopes for the 2014 election is the number of independents who approve of their Obamacare plans. Republicans need to hang on to most Republican voters, which may not be a huge problem even if they attempt to run on repealing the Affordable Care Act. But more important than that, they have to win a majority of independent voters. If 82 percent of independents believe that they have been helped by Obamacare, how likely are they to step into the voting booth and pull the lever for a Republican whose stated mission if elected or re-elected is to repeal the law?
Other findings in the Commonwealth survey that blow Republican talking points out of the water include:
- 54 percent said that their Obamacare plan gave them access to some or all of the doctors they wanted. (39 percent said they didn’t know what doctors were included.)
- 75 percent of those with new coverage said they found it very or somewhat easy to find a primary care doctor.
- 67 percent of those who found a new primary care doctor were able to get an appointment with that doctor in two weeks or less.
- 30 percent of adults with new coverage needed to see a specialist. 58 percent of those were able to get an appointment with that specialist in two weeks or less.
The results of this survey suggest that Republicans who believe that their path to victory this November lies in unwavering opposition to the Affordable Care Act may want to rethink their strategy. Given this and other recent polls about the law, it is staring to look like Obamacare may be around long after the Republican party is dead and buried.