FourFour two New Jersey is one of three states with universal health care coverage, but its debate over whether to allow insurers to offer coverage to everyone in the state is still raging.
As of Friday, the law had a full 50 percent approval rating from the state’s voters, according to the poll conducted by the Edison Research Center.
The law, which was signed into law in January, is now set to go into effect on April 1, 2018.
It was the first state to enact such a sweeping law, and has been hailed by advocates and opponents alike for helping to ease the state of the economy and to make it more affordable for people to get health care.
The law would have given insurers the option to offer health coverage across the state and would have expanded Medicaid to cover low-income New Jerseyans.
But for many in the industry, it would have also led to higher premiums, fewer choices, and less competition.
Chris Christie signed the bill into law with the goal of ending the chronic underfunding of the state health care system and opening it up to competition, but his signature was delayed by the courts.
The bill was intended to fix problems with how the state had chosen to run its Medicaid system, which had been in place since 2008 and covers roughly 6.5 million people.
The current system, known as New JerseyCare, was built on the idea that the state would take a small percentage of each Medicaid payment and then give the money to other states to run.
Critics of the new plan say that’s not fair, and that’s where the dispute has taken root.
New JerseyCare would have offered the same basic coverage to every person in the State, and the government would be required to pay all of its own costs.
But critics say it would mean more competition in the marketplace and that people could get sicker, leaving the state vulnerable to rising costs and a drop in consumer spending.
On the other side, critics say the law is good for business, and will spur investment in the local economy.
The fight over whether the state should have access to affordable health insurance has pitted Democrats and Republicans in the legislature.
The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to pass a bill to allow residents to buy private health insurance starting next week, while the Republican-controlled House is expected next week to pass legislation that would allow insurers in the system to offer private insurance.
If the legislation does pass, New Jersey will become the second state to allow consumers to buy insurance through the new insurance exchange, and its a win for health care advocates who want to expand access to the insurance market.
But opponents have been quick to note that it could be just as effective at making sure that people get the coverage they need, or for the states and the federal government to provide money to help cover the costs of care.
In the meantime, a new poll shows that support for the law has dropped among the general public.
According to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, a nonpartisan polling organization, 51 percent of registered voters in New Jersey are against the law, down from 53 percent in January.
The same poll found that 53 percent of voters in the Garden State oppose the federal subsidies for people who buy health insurance on their own.
That decline is largely due to a drop off among independents, the poll found.
The poll also found that 56 percent of people surveyed said they are dissatisfied with the job the state has done, and only 24 percent of them are satisfied with how they feel about the overall economy.
A new poll from the Center for American Progress finds that more than half of Americans support the law.
But the poll also suggests that while support for health insurance is dropping, the Republican Party has made significant gains.
In a statement, the party said it remains “very committed to expanding access to health insurance for the American people.”
The AP-NORCM poll was conducted March 27-28 among a random national sample of 1,004 adults.
The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.