CITIZEN VOICES® br> Majority oppose the Affordable Care Act - 190 citizens
Jul 11, 2015
Since its passage in 2009, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a source of continuing controversy, with detractors as staunch as its supporters. Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding the ACA’s ‘subsidies provision’, which allowed the federal government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance. In light of the ruling, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) put the issue to Facebook members, posing the question, “Do you favor or oppose the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?”
Do you favor or oppose the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?
Participation: 190 participants gave 547 responses.
A total of 89% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 11% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 547 responses from 190 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)
What Participants Said
No: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 70%, opposed the Affordable Care Act.
- “Obamacare didn't deliver what was promised. We didn't get lower premiums and better healthcare.”
- “It is not working and it will collapse under its own weight.”
- “We need a single payer system.”
Yes: A minority, at 30% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of the Affordable Care Act.
- “The reduction of the uninsured population is saving lives, and that's a valid reason to support the ACA”
- “It's the reason I have healthcare and the reason I was able to get diagnosed with two chronic conditions and see specialists.”
- “Support! But keep tweaking - I never believed this would be the final form.”
Other: As noted above, 11% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:
- Alternatives: “How about opening up the health insurance market up nationwide? Competition will drive costs down while increasing care”
- Spending: “We all bear the cost of health care, whether you see it or not.”
*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.