Americans Deadlocked on Repealing Obamacare

Just as the Affordable Care Act has divided Congress to the point of shutting down the government, the American public remains divided on whether to repeal the law or not.

Just as Congress is divided on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the point of shutting down the government, the American public is also evenly divided on the law, according to a survey.

Bankrate.com’s Health Insurance Pulse survey revealed that, if given the choice, Americans are evenly divided regarding whether or not to repeal the ACA. According to the Bankrate.com report, Americans are deadlocked with 46% on each side.

Ironically, younger Americans, ages 18-29, are the most likely to be uninsured and respond most favorably to Obamacare, with 51% opting to keep it, even though they would be paying the most.

"While the country is divided on Obamacare, consumers must stay focused on getting informed about how the law will affect them," Bankrate.com insurance analyst Doug Whiteman, said in a statement. "In our September report, 15% of Americans said they were unsure of what Obamacare is. Now that the health insurance exchanges are open, it is more important than ever for consumers to take action on the best option for them."

Americans sided as expected along with their political parties with 79% of Republicans in favor of repealing and 74% of Democrats voting to keep Obamacare. Independents were slightly more in favor of repealing (49% to 41%).

According to the survey, rural residents are more likely to want to repeal the health law (64%) compared to urban (31%) or suburban residents (48%). However, rural residents are the people the law is aiming to help: 32% of them get insurance through employers compared to 48% of people in cities and suburbs.