Gallup: 46 Percent Think Health Care Law Will Hurt U.S. Economy

More Americans think the Affordable Care Act will hurt the economy rather than help it, according to a new poll from Gallup released Thursday.

The survey shows that 46 percent think the health care overhaul signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court last week will hurt the national economy.  Comversely, 37 percent believe the law will help the economy. 

Not surprisingly, the results of the poll fall along party lines: 62 percent of Democrats say the Affordable Care Act will help the economy compared with 78 percent of Republicans who think it will hurt the economy.  But in a development that could impact the degree to which “Obamacare” is addressed by the two parties in the 2012 campaign, independents are more likely to say the law will hurt the economy.