With election season heating up, all of the presidential hopefuls are outlining their plans for national healthcare. Democratic candidates are looking to either preserve the reach of the Affordable Care Act or expand its influence, while Republican candidates largely champion its removal.
But what exactly is the consensus amongst the American people?
A recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University reveals that increased spending on healthcare and the Affordable Care Act is unpopular within conservative, liberal, and independent circles.
Research suggests that since the passage and enactment of Obamacare, the number of Republicans who believe that the United States spends too little on healthcare is down by 24%. But it is not just the Republicans who feel this way. The number of independents and Democrats who feel that we should spend less on healthcare is up by 16% and 12%, respectively. In a politically divided society, regarding a highly divisive piece of legislation, there is a surprising level of accord on this matter—Americans do not want to dump more money into federal health care right now.
The survey shows that the two major areas in which Americans would like to increase investment are for space exploration and restoration of infrastructure (highways, bridges, etc.).
So the question becomes, why are Americans, both Democrat and Republican, disenchanted with pouring more money into a comprehensive, national healthcare system that many clearly wanted in 2012?
Stephen L. Morgan, one of the researchers behind the study, told the Washington Post that the staunch Republican opposition towards the Affordable Care Act throughout its brief existence has simply exhausted the public, bringing forth a conservative “cold front.” And there may be some real merit to that theory, as the all-encompassing healthcare policy has been one of the most hotly contested pieces of legislation in recent history. The polarizing lack of unanimity between parties made the implementation of the Act messy and dysfunctional in several states, leaving current voters skeptical of its potential.
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