March 22nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

CNN poll: Americans don't like health care bill

 The Capitol dome on the eve of the House of Representatives’ health care reform votes.
The Capitol dome on the eve of the House of Representatives’ health care reform votes.

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans have a dim view of the sweeping health care bill passed by the House, saying it gives Washington too much clout and won't do much to reduce their own health care costs or federal deficits, according to a new poll released Monday.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll found that 59 percent of those surveyed opposed the bill, and 39 percent favored it. All of the interviews were conducted before the House voted Sunday night, but the contents of the bill were widely known.

In addition, 56 percent said the bill gives the government too much involvement in health care; 28 percent said it gives the government the proper role and 16 percent said it leaves Washington with an inadequate role.

On the question of costs, 62 percent said the bill increases the amount of money they personally spend on health care; 21 percent said their costs would remain the same and 16 percent said they would decrease.

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The poll's results about the bill's fiscal impact were particularly stark: 70 percent of respondents said they believed deficits would go up because of the bill; 17 percent felt they would stay the same and 12 percent said they would go down.

After more than a year of partisan debate, the House voted 219-212 in favor of a bill that the Senate had passed on Christmas Eve. President Obama is expected to sign it on Tuesday.

The measure constitutes the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since Medicare and Medicaid were enacted more than four decades ago. The House also approved a series of amendments to the bill through a separate so-called reconciliation bill. The Senate, which must pass the reconciliation measure for the full package to take effect, is expected to vote this week.

According to a preliminary estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, the overall reform legislation would cost $940 billion over the course of a decade. Offsetting provisions would reduce deficits by $143 billion in the first 10 years and by more than $1 trillion in the following decade.

The CNN poll also suggests that public opposition to health care will not necessarily be a boon to Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections in Congress.

Roughly one in five of respondents who said they opposed the bill did so because it was not liberal enough, and those people are unlikely to vote Republican. Take them out of the picture and opposition to the bill because it is too liberal is 43 percent.

"The Democrats have another advantage - most Americans also trust Barack Obama more than the GOP on health care," said Keating Holland, CNN's polling director. "That gives the president an opportunity - and seven months - to make the affirmative case for the health care bill."

The survey was conducted on March 19-21 through telephone interviews with 1,030 adult Americans. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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  1. cspurgeon

    I think CNN polls are just as suspect as Fox anymore and besides does someone care. I am an independendent never been included on a poll because I am on a cell phyone, love it that way but do support health reform as a way forward for our country.Polls and media do not run our country thank God. The voting booth is where it counts and I will certainly be there. I do not vote a ticket. I vote for people who share my views and am especialloy interested in newcomers because they haven't sold their ethics yet. CNN is in a ratings war with Fox and have sold their ethics so very rarely watch either one. Actually spend more time on CSPAN making up my own mind...

    March 22, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. foolindeed1

    Japan (#2 economy in the world) has the longest healthy life expectancy on Earth and spends half (in percent of GDP) as much on health care as the United States. Japan has universal health care system. Everyone in Japan is required to get a health insurance policy, either at work or through a community-based insurer. The government picks up the tab for those who are too poor. It's a model of social insurance that is used in many wealthy countries. But it's definitely not "socialized medicine." Eighty percent of Japan's hospitals are privately owned — more than in the United States — and almost every doctor's office is a private business. The Japanese go to the doctor about three times as often as Americans. Because there are no gatekeepers, they can see any specialist they want. Japanese patients also stay in the hospital much longer than Americans, on average. They love technology such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); they have nearly twice as many scans per capita as Americans do. The Japanese Health Ministry tightly controls the price of health care down to the smallest detail. Every two years, the health care industry and the health ministry negotiate a fixed price for every procedure and every drug. That helps keep premiums to around $280 a month for the average Japanese family, and Japan's employers pick up at least half of that.
    If you lose your job, you keep your health insurance.
    Japanese insurers are a lot more accommodating than their American counterparts. For one thing, they can't deny a claim. And they have to cover everybody. Even an applicant with heart disease can't be turned down, that is forbidden. Nor do health care plans covering basic health care for workers and their families make a profit. Anything left over is carried over to the next year. If the carryover was big, then the premium rate would go down.
    No one in Japan goes broke because of medical expenses.
    Personal bankruptcy due to medical expenses is unheard of in Japan.

    March 22, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Paul H

    That means that a whole party voted against "We the People" and forced a health care bill down our throat. That means they really didn't act on our behalf.
    Who did they do it for then?

    March 22, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Steve

    Socialist agenda from a president who lied to us all

    March 22, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. ej in Tacoma

    The average American complaining about the bill has not read it. They are blindly going by the the Right wing whom are preaching, fear, anger, and doom. They were given plenty of time to come up with positive ideas but only touted their brand of obstructionist politics.
    EJ inTacoma

    March 22, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. foolindeed1

    What do you call "socialistic nationalized goverment take-over approach"? A mandate for everyone to get a health insurance? There can be no reform without a mandate as only when the pool includes everyone it has enough resources for success – otherwise insurance companies go bankrupt – the only entity that can do mandate is federal goverment.

    March 22, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. francesN

    Big thumbs up from CANADA to the USA

    But what you did is the RIGHT thing to do.

    You CANNOT say you are PRO-LIFE if you do not support universal health care.

    March 22, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. aliou

    I like the bill. I would have loved it if it had a single payer system to it. and if it started right away.

    March 22, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. fair

    Obama will definitely pay for this bill. He is bankrupting this country on purpose because he has never loved this great country.

    March 22, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. david, CA

    those poll numbers reflect the persuadability of Americans to an orchestrated campaign of lies by the right-wing out to destroy the Obama presidency.

    March 22, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. chris

    This just shows you how uninformed most Americans are. If we quit getting our news from political blogs and our media explains legislation better, instead of bringing two ideologues on air to debate the talking points, then maybe 70% of Americans wouldnt believe a healthcare bill that cuts the deficit by 1.4 trillion over 20 years would add to the deficit.

    March 22, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    yes but uh did you ask them about pre existing conditions????? because page 1074-1076 takes care of that, what forget about the other 2789 pages that's just well just stuff that's not important the important thing is pre existing conditions, you'll see you can trust them this is a brilliant. this is gonna save money while extending coverage to all and wait for the best part .... are you ready!!!!! the quality of care is gonna get better! that's right BETTER! and did I mention pre existing conditions! your not against pre existing conditions are you? I am so sorry children of america I had nothing to do with this, I tried I voted I called but I am sorry, I am 40 and there is no doubt you will not grow up in the beautiful country I did. it is now our turn to hate this country, just like this current administration and the liberals in this country have hated this country for decades, you think you hated bush???? you think you let it known??? YOU HAVEN't SEEN ANYTHING YET!!! LMAO

    March 22, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Lucy

    I would like to know where CNN gets it's information regarding who likes Healthcare Reform. I like it.

    If everyone understood that the bottom line to all of this is that The Republicans are Racists and does not want to do anything that will help the poor. They consider the poor BLACKS.

    If everyone would just use common sense and stop listening to the group who is fearful they would understand that this is best for our country.

    All of this concern about future debt is just crazy. We were in debt with the unnecessary war that took place so stop showing other countries how ignorant and uncaring we are.

    March 22, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Brendan

    Read carefully – take out the liberals who say the bill doesn't do enough and opposition is 43%. And the conservative Americans who say they don't like the bill like the particulars when asked about the details. It is apparent that the scare tactics and misinformation of the GOP has worked.

    March 22, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Fed Up

    Yeah I don't like it either and I blame the Republicans for the lousey bill.

    Had they worked with the Dems in good faith, there may have been more concessions by the Dems and maybe more of provisions that the GOP favored would have been inlcuded in the bill. After all, the Dems were desperate for Republican support.

    However, John Boehner's constant stonewalling eventually forced Obama/Pelosi and the gang to face reality and go it alone. So why should the Dems make any more concessions? They weren't going to get GOP support anyway.

    Boehner and his sad excuse for leadership took a gamble and lost.

    Nasty Nancy took a different sort of risk and won.

    Yeah I don't like this bill, but bottom line ... the time had come and we got something that was better than the status quo.

    March 22, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. How are you paying for it???

    Yeah, I see where OBOZO plans to "hit the road" to try and sell his Obozocare. The public knows the man is a proven liar. Joe Wilson was right, this man is a liar. He'll sit there with that serious look and sell you a bill of goods like a used car saleman.

    Well, I plan on cheating on my taxes. My plan is to let DUMocRATS pay for this for I will no longer support this. AND as an employere, I expect to layoff a few employees to pay for the new payroll tax. I have a few DUMocRATS in mind. They voted for change, so YES I CAN, give it to them.

    March 22, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Michael from Ventura

    After six months, let's see what they say. The sky won't fall, the Stars and Stripes will not be replaced by the hammer and sickel and people will be able to get insurance who couldn't before. The fear mongers have done another fine job- too bad that's all they've got!

    March 22, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Emma

    Obviously, the Poll responders do not fully understand the bill.

    March 22, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Jerry

    The math is very simple
    Social Security is broke
    Medicare is broke
    Health Care will soon equal you are broke

    March 22, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Luke Brown

    The special interests and their Republican pals have so distorted and exaggerated what this bill would do that no one really understands it other than those who have put it together.

    The Bush tax cuts, Medicaid Part D, and the two wars in the Middle East, were all far more expensive and complicated ... and we survived.

    Everyone take a deep breath.

    March 22, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Steve in Ct

    It's not just the Healthcare bill but all the things the government is taking away one at a time. I'll only go back a little. Clinton gave away the Long Beach Navel Station to China without even maintaining the right to inspect to know what they're doing there. People are complaining about Mexicans flowing into our country and taking our financial security when there are even more coming from China on freighters and walking into The US throught a gate. Bush took our privacy and allowed the gov. to spy on our own. Now POTUS Obama is controlling our money, income and now our health. Add to that this bill is taking away our retirements using medicare money to finance this insurance give-away and giving Social Security cards to the illeagles who broke the law coming here in the first place. They tell us medicare and s.s. are "intitlements, like food stamps. We've paid for these agreed programs and they're NOT handouts. There isn't one person in the United States who today can't get medical care with or without insurance or money. We already pay extra for our hospital visits to cover those who can't pay but the hospital is bound by law to treat. Our politicians who are supposed to be representing us are representing their party instead. Soon we'll go to a cashless society so the government can freeze your account and prevent you from buying/selling. thgen it's our guns to make one last stand whiline starving and it's all over. For you who support Big Brother and are too blind to see what's happening "Thanks a lot for destroying us".

    March 22, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. wayne

    My name is Wayne, Not Joe, But do represent the average american citizen. I don't recall anyone ever asking what I believe about this mess, or any of my friends, or family on these poles. We believe they are not your average citizen. First John Boener, we dont trust the people on capital hill. and it's not because of the health care that was passed. It started when A Person was put into the whitehouse as president of the United States without the peoples vote in the year 2000. Then started a war that we did not want, instead of going after bin laden. Then decided to start taking our rights away. He should of been impeached . Oh then he was appointed again in 2004 without the peoples vote. The Replublicans pushed every thing they wanted down our throats. Now they complain about the health care. It happens to be the first thing that was done on capital hill that is actually going to help the ****average american*****.The real reason the republicans don't like this is that now they are going to lose campaign money from the insurance company's and there lobbyists. Wake up America The corporations are running this country now and we have to do something about it. The Republican party supports the corporations and not the people of this country. We need to wake up, We are being fed lies and misinformation about what is really happening in this country. I could go on , but I won't.

    signed ; Average american Citizen.

    March 22, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. chris l

    Its Hilarious, CNN puts up articles with titles such as "How can Republicans overcome their waterloo?", or something else discussing how historic it is or some other nonsense. All the while its been shown time and time again that a big majority of Americans Despise OBOZOCARE. CNN, MSNBC, ABC, WAPO, NY TIMES etc.... really are all disgusting, partisan Radical supporting so-called "news outlets" WELL I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU, COME NOVEMBER THE RADICAL ANTI AMERICAN LIBERAL PARTY IS HISTORY. HELL, REVOLUTION IS BREWING AND AT THIS RATE THEY MIGHT NOT MAKE IT TO NOVEMBER. AS FAR AS OUR RADICAL AND CHIEF IS CONCERNED HE WILL BE LUCKY TO MAKE IT TO 2012 WITHOUT BEING PHYSICALLY REMOVED FROM OFFICE DUE TO THE REVOLUTION. LIBERALS SHARE THE SAME GOALS AS AL QUEDA WHICH IS TO DESTROY THIS COUNTRY FROM THE INSIDE OUT. THEIR EXTREME AGENDA IS DANGEROUS AND IT MUST BE STOPPED ANY WAY POSSIBLE.

    March 22, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Larry

    I know it has always been a Republican battle cry but it's time for the "Silent Majority" to be heard. I'm tired of biased polls, deep pockets, fear mongers and loud protesters from self serving factions trying to control the outcome of legislation, elections and the overall direction our country is run. It's time for this country to be, once again, run by the majority. Of the people, for the people and by the people ..... anybody remember those words?

    March 22, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Obama & Company: "OK, so we lied a little. No one anywhere on earth is really very good at controlling medical costs. Thanks, suckers!"

    March 22, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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