A poll released by Politico and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health finds 79 percent of Hillary Clinton voters say Obamacare is working well, as opposed to 5 percent of Donald Trump voters.
The survey states 22 percent of Clinton voters say Obamacare (the ACA) is working “very well,” while 57 percent say the health care law is working “somewhat well.” In contrast, only 1 percent of Trump voters say Obamacare is working “very well,” and only 4 percent say “somewhat well.”
Among Clinton voters, only 11 percent say Obamacare is working “somewhat poorly” and 5 percent say “very poorly.” Among Trump voters, however, 20 percent say Barack Obama’s health care law is working “somewhat poorly,” and 74 percent say “very poorly.”
The poll, which focused on views of American health care by both Clinton and Trump supporters, was conducted by marketing and research firm SSRS. Participants were 1,492 likely voters contacted via cell phone and landlines between September 14-21, 2016. The survey has a margin of error +/- 3.0 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.
According to the poll:
Voters’ evaluations of the ACA are also clearly related to their beliefs about the role the federal government should play in making the health care system work better: fully 96% of those who say the government should play no role in improving the health care system also say that the ACA is working poorly. In contrast, among those who think the federal government should play a major role in improving U.S. health care, 67% say the ACA is working well and only 30% say poorly
Last week, the Obama administration confirmed its signature health care legislation will be offering Americans double-digit rate increases and shriveled choices among fewer insurance companies in 2017.
Despite that news, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said during an interview Obamacare is working just as it was designed. In 2014, Gruber testified before the House Oversight Committee that Obamacare’s designers took advantage of the “stupidity of the American voter” in creating the program.