Obamacare 2

Since our last survey on the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, we have a little more experience with and knowledge of the program. Financial projections have changed. Some opinions have changed. Where are you now on the ACA?

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1)   Now that the Affordable Care Act is up and running, are your views on Obamacare:

  more favorable
  about the same
  less favorable
2)   More specifically, how do you feel about Obamacare? Although more than one statement might apply, please choose the answer that comes closest to your views.

  It will wreck the country--I hate it.
  It will fail and be incredibly costly.
  It is still too soon to tell if it's a good or a bad thing for America.
  It is bringing health care to many people who need it so I support it.
  It doesn't go far enough and should be expanded.
  We need a single-payer system, like Medicare.
3)   Has anyone in your family benefitted from Obamacare?

  I don't know.
4)   Has anyone in your family been negatively affected by Obamacare?

  I don't know.
5)   If you are a small business owner, have you been negatively affected by the ACA?

  I don't know.
  Does not apply.
6)   Although it is past history, what do you think about the botched roll-out of the Obamacare web site?

  It shows the ineptitude of the entire Obama administration.
  The blame should be mostly attributed to Kathleen Sebelius.
  It was a black eye for the administration but it has been fixed.
  Any web site as complicated as that one could be expected to have glitches.
  It's no longer an issue; let's go forward from here.
7)   With the Office of Managment and Budget now projecting costs for ACA for the period 2016-2025 at $1.207 trillion, or 7% less than was projected in April 2014, do you feel this program

  Is going to cost much more than the Office of Management and Budget projects.
  Is still too expensive for the country to afford.
  Is going in the right direction.
  The health benefit to the American people as a whole are making the program cost effective.
8)   Republicans in the House have voted to repeal the ACA on about 50 different occasions. Is this

  Sending the right message to the White House.
  A waste of time.
  A prelude to the House and Senate passing a repeal bill that the President will veto.
9)   There is a challenge to the ACA currently before the Supreme Court. If the challenge is successful, subsidies can be provided only in those states that have set up their own exchanges. If the challenge succeeds and part of the ACA is declared unconstitutional, what will happen?

  The biggest accomplishment of the Obama administration will be gutted and eventually it will be repealed.
  The states with their own exchanges will eventually close them.
  The reaction from Americans covered by Obamacare under the federal program will be negative toward Republicans and lead to sweeping gains in Congress by Democrats in 2016.
  The ACA will continue on, but only with subsidies being available in those states that have their own insurance exchange.
10)   If the Supreme Court challenge (see question 9) fails and the ACA can still provide subsidies in all states, should Congress:

  Continue to try repealing the ACA because the government should not be involved in the decisions people make about purchasing health insurance.
  Give it up and move on to other matters.
11)   Will the ACA be a significant issue in the 2016 presidential campaign?

  I don't know.
12)   Prognosticators, your chance to shine! For the Democrats, who will be the nominee for president in 2016?

  Hillary Clinton
  Joe Biden
  Elizabeth Warren
  Someone other than Hillary but not Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren
13)   And for the Repulicans, who will be the nominee for president in 2016?

  Jeb Bush
  Ben Carson
  Chris Christy
  Ted Cruz
  Lindsay Graham
  Mike Huckabee
  Bobby Jindhal
  John Kasich
  Rand Paul
  Rick Perry
  Marco Rubio
  Rick Santorum
  Scott Walker