NH citizens oppose the Affordable Care Act - 190 citizens, 547 responses

Jul 11, 2015

Since its passage in 2009, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a source of continuing controversy, with detractors as staunch as its supporters. Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding the ACA’s ‘subsidies provision’, which allowed the federal government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance. In light of the ruling, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) put the issue to Facebook members, posing the question, “Do you favor or oppose the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?”

A total of 89% of those participating in our open discussion of this issue answered the question directly or with a concurrence, and of those 70% expressed opposition for the ACA with 30% in favor. Of the remaining respondents, 8% opted to discuss the question in broader terms while just 3% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 190 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 547 responses. 

Those opposed to the ACA fell into two camps. First were those who saw the program as expensive and ineffective. “Obamacare didn't deliver what was promised. We didn't get lower premiums and better healthcare,” one poster wrote. “It is not working and it will collapse under its own weight,” another predicted. Others argued that the legislation did not go far enough. “We need a single payer system,” a commenter said. 

Supporters countered that the ACA was at the very least a step in the right direction. “The reduction of the uninsured population is saving lives, and that's a valid reason to support the ACA,” one commenter wrote. “It's the reason I have healthcare and the reason I was able to get diagnosed with two chronic conditions and see specialists,” a woman shared. “Support! But keep tweaking - I never believed this would be the final form,” another respondent said. 

Those who opted to address their comments to broader issues debated health care policy more generally. “How about opening up the health insurance market up nationwide? Competition will drive costs down while increasing care,” one suggested. “We all bear the cost of health care, whether you see it or not,” another pointed out. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion for this question. 

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