After All the Yelling–Obamacare Enrollees Pleased

As the second enrollment period for purchasing private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act opens tomorrow, it’s a good time to look at how current enrollees feel about their insurance–you know, after all the yelling and screaming about it have subsided. According to Gallup, they’re at least as happy as people who already had health insurance:

Over seven in 10 Americans who bought new health insurance policies through the government exchanges earlier this year rate the quality of their healthcare and their healthcare coverage as “excellent” or “good.” These positive evaluations are generally similar to the reviews that all insured Americans give to their health insurance.

There is one difference between Obamacare enrollees and everybody else, though:

In addition to newly insured Americans rating their coverage and the quality of their healthcare positively, they are more satisfied than the average insured American with the cost of their health coverage. Three in four of the newly insured say they are satisfied with this aspect of their healthcare experience, compared with 61% among the general population of those with insurance. To some degree, this could reflect the fact that many who get insurance through the exchanges receive government subsidies to help reduce the overall cost of their health insurance.

Let’s hope SCOTUS lets it stay that way.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.