Poll: Negative Views of PPACA Marketplaces Decline

Although most Americans still maintain a negative perception of the healthcare exchanges, the percentage who says the opening of the marketplaces isn't going well has declined in the past month, according to an Associated Press-Gfk poll.

keyboardIn December, 76 percent of adults surveyed said the rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act marketplaces wasn't going well. According to the new poll, that number has dropped to 66 percent.

Only 4 percent of 1,060 people surveyed from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21 felt the opening of the exchanges was going extremely or very well, compared with 3 percent in December. Seventeen percent of those polled this month thought the rollout was going somewhat well, up from 9 percent last month.

Since the federal health insurance exchange website launched last October, various technical issues have plagued HealthCare.gov. However, following repair efforts, the site can support 83,000 concurrent users as of Dec. 23, and nearly 2.2 million people had selected health plans through the marketplaces by Dec. 28, according to HHS.

Americans' view of the PPACA in general remains unchanged since December, with 27 percent saying they support it, 42 percent opposing it and 30 percent taking a neutral stance, according to the poll.

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