Views of Obamacare slightly better as Capitol braces for more controversy

McClatchy Washington BureauOctober 23, 2013 

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Kelli Tremblay, an authorized agent with BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, works a station at Concord Mills on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, during the first day of enrollment for Obamacare. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT)

JEFF SINER — Charlotte Observer/MCT

The health care exchanges' technical glitches may not be affecting Americans' already-polarized views of the health law, a new Gallup poll suggests.

The survey comes as the political turmoil over the Affordable Care Act hits the Capitol Wednesday. House of Representatives Democrats will meet to discuss the law.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi,  D- Calif., plans a press conference later Wednesday morning to discuss the health care law, among other topics.

Democrats could be cheered a bit by the latest Gallup poll, taken Oct. 18-20, which finds slightly better numbers for the law.

"Despite the highly publicized technical issues that have plagued the government's health insurance exchange website that went live on Oct. 1, Americans' views of the Affordable Care Act are slightly more positive now than they were in August," according to a Gallup analysis released Wednesday.

It found 45 approve of the law, while 50 percent disapprove, a net approval score of -5. In June and August, net approval was -8.

"Gallup measured these most recent views as the technical problems with the health insurance exchange website garnered increased media attention. This suggests that the poor performance of the health exchange sites may not at this point be negatively affecting Americans' views of the ACA overall," Gallup found.

But, it warned, "The law remains one of the most polarizing issues Gallup has measured, with more than eight in 10 Democrats approving, while more than eight in 10 Republicans disapprove."

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