Americans agree with rationales for health care law, Gallup finds

McClatchy Washington BureauNovember 21, 2013 

Americans see cost as the nation's more urgent health care issue, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

In its first survey since the Affordable Care Act's major provisions were rolled, it, it found "two of the main issues the law is designed to address -- healthcare access and cost -- remain the most vexing to Americans. In particular, the percentage citing cost as the central problem is the highest since 2008."

Disapproval of the act, also known as Obamacare, is up, the Nov. 7-10 poll found

But, Gallup said, "these data indicate that many Americans appear to agree with two of the rationales for the law, namely that healthcare is too expensive and that many struggle with obtaining access to these vital services."

Because so much is new, a poll analysis said it was hard to know how much the law is changing peoples' views.

"Fewer Americans, relative to the recent past, say access is the top problem but the share of Americans citing cost as a challenge is creeping back up to where it was before the law was passed. It appears the verdict thus far is mixed," Gallup said.

Nearly one-fourth of those surveyed mentioned cost as their biggest concern. Access was next at 16 percent.

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