Political care

Affordable Care Act’s popularity slips following election

The Affordable Care Act’s second enrollment period comes in the wake of a Republican pounding of Democrats in the midterm election. According to a Nov. 6-9 Gallup poll, the approval rating of the health care law—aka Obamacare—stands at an all-time low; 37 percent of respondents gave it a thumbs up while 56 percent of those polled gave it the thumbs down. Breaking those numbers down by political party offers fairly predictable results: Only 8 percent of Republicans say they approve of the ACA while 74 percent of Democrats and 33 percent of independents support it.