While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has yet to go into full effect, the parts that are in operation aren't thought of highly by many Americans, according to the results of a recent poll.
The survey, which was conducted by Fox News, question approximately 1,000 registered voters at random, asking them what they thought of the health reform law as it was currently constructed and based on how they felt it was being carried out. While nearly one-third said they thought it was "going fine," more than half – 57 percent – referred to it as "a joke."
ACA sentiment largely split down party lines, as 87 percent of Republicans thought the reform law was being mishandled, an opinion shared by about 25 percent of Democrats.
While respondents thought the ACA should be repealed entirely, nearly two-thirds believed it needed to be fundamentally changed in some way – and lawmakers should keep at it until it was appropriately reformed.
Business owners are largely opposed to the health law as well, mainly due to costs. According to The Associated Press, many company managers have been contacted by insurers, informing them that premiums for the employee benefits they supply to their workers may increase by as much as 20 percent come January 2014.