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Americans' slight disapproval of Obamacare remains steady amid website glitches: Gallup

English.news.cn   2013-10-30 23:28:35            

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Americans' slight disapproval of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul remains steady amid widespread news coverage of the failing website that comprises the legislation's centerpiece, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

Americans' approval of the healthcare law has been relatively steady - varying between 41 percent and 45 percent - in four measures taken over the past four months, Gallup reported.

Americans remain slightly more likely to disapprove than approve of the healthcare law overall and 34 percent said the law will make their family's healthcare situation worse, although that figure is down from 38 percent in August.

Twenty-five percent said the law, also known as Obamacare, would make their family's healthcare situation better and roughly one in three Americans still believe the law will not make much difference for their family, according to Gallup.

Forty-four percent said the law would make the overall U.S. healthcare situation worse and 36 percent said it would improve the situation.

The issue has gained widespread media attention over the past week after major glitches in Obamacare's official website www.healthcare.gov. Launched Oct. 1. The website was supposed to allow visitors to purchase healthcare insurance from a variety of plans. But instead, the site is riddled with technical errors preventing many visitors from completing enrollment in a variety of health insurance plans, sparking criticism from U.S. media, pundits and the Republican Party.

On Wednesday morning, a Xinhua reporter attempted to log on to the site but received a message that the site was down at the moment.

Experts said if the site is not up and running in the next month or so, it could be bad for Democrats in next year's mid-term Congressional elections. Others, however, noted that the elections are a long way off, and that Americans may have forgotten the fiasco by then if problems are fixed soon.

"It appears that Americans' views on the law are relatively fixed at the moment, leaving open the question of whether support will rise once the law's provisions are fully implemented and more uninsured Americans get health insurance," Gallup said.

Experts said Republicans are expected to continue their focus on the failings of Obamacare in the lead-up to the mid-term elections.

The ongoing Congressional strife over Obamacare underscores the larger fight over the country's direction at a time when the country's 17-trillion-U.S. dollar debt roughly equals U.S. gross domestic product.

Editor: yan
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