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More Democrats report PPACA pain

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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) programs and coverage mandates may be causing problems for a significant percentage of Democrats.

Gallup found when it polled U.S. adults ages 18 and older that the percentage of participants who say the law has had a negative effect on themselves and their families has increased to 27 percent, up  from 24 percent in May.

For participants who identified themselves as Democrats, the percentage who say PPACA has hurt them or their families personally jumped to 15 percent, from 6 percent in May.

Over that same period, the percentage of participants who say PPACA caused problems for them personally fell to 40 percent, from 41 percent, for Republicans, and rose to 27 percent, from 26 percent, for independents.

Gallup also found an increase in the percentage of U.S. adults who say PPACA has helped them.

The percentage who say PPACA has helped them increased to 27 percent, from 23 percent, for Democrats; to 16 percent, from 13 percent, for independents; and from 4 percent, to 2 percent, for Republicans.

Gallup poll participants’ general views about how PPACA will affect the U.S. health care system have stayed about the same since June 2013. Participants were a little more likely to say PPACA would make the situation worse from December 2013 through February 2014, during the PPACA exchange plan open enrollment crunch period, but views returned to pre-open enrollment levels in April. 

See also: Researchers: PPACA helped more than 7.3 million adults get covered