Now that we are one month into life under the Affordable Care Act it continues to remain fairly unpopular. Approval of the law improved slightly since last month but the movement has been within the normal bounds of recent fluctuation. From Gallup:
There is another part of the poll which is a mixture of both good but also politically concerning news for Democrats.
There has been a small uptick in the number of people who feel the law has directly helped them or their family since the insurance expansion actually started in January. Back in December only 9 percent said the law had helped them personally now that has risen to 13 percent. At the same time the percent who claims the law has hurt them or their family remains unchanged at 19 percent.
The good news for Democrats is that some Americans are actually feeling the intended benefit of the law; the political problem is the number of people is still small and probably not going to grow much larger. The law was only meant to really impact a modest share of the population. Even though the targeted groups now feels they are being helped by the implementation they appear to be too small a group to really move popular opinion.