CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?
October 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
11 months ago

CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?

Less than one in five Americans say their families will be better off under the new health care law, according to a new poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday morning also indicates a majority say the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, will help some people, with 37% saying the law, which is gradually starting to kick in, won't help anyone.

According to the poll, four in 10 say the new law will make their families worse off, while 41% believe it will have no effect.

Seventeen percent think the measure will be a good thing for themselves or their families.

The poll's release comes on the same day as a key element of the health care law takes effect, as Americans without insurance can begin enrolling in state insurance exchanges.

And it comes hours after the shutdown of the federal government courtesy of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law.

According to the poll, 36% say they won't benefit from the new law but other families will. If you add to that the 17% who believe Obamacare will help them personally, the survey indicates that most Americans see some good coming from it. Some 37% say no one in the country will benefit from the measure.

As the exchanges open for business, 52% say the health insurance system created by Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen, with 45% saying the system will eventually work.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International September 27-29, with 803 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

With most components of the health care law not taking effect until 2014, many Americans still don't have a full grasp of Obamacare, and a couple of surveys from other organizations conducted in September indicated that only a minority said they knew a lot about the law.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.


Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Congress • Government Shutdown • Polls
soundoff (408 Responses)
  1. txGrl

    Polls say that only 17% say Obamacare will help them.
    That pretty much says it all for 2014 Midterms. Could make 2010 look tame.
    Think I see the GOP calculation here. GOP base insists that their reps try to stop this junker bill.
    Even if Dems get a bump from the shutdown, it will be long forgotten by this time next year, when we will really see what's in Nancys bill.
    Look at the posts from people who looked at exchange options. Uh Oh.

    October 1, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. GOP =Greed Over People

    I am at a loss as to why some of you who currently have insurance are whining.

    You say you compared your current policy to the ones on the exchange and your current one is better, or cheaper or has a doctor you prefer.

    Fine, keep your current policy, you are aware you DO NOT have to buy health insurance on the exchanges, you will simply keep your current policy and because you are insured you will not have to pay a penalty.

    My current policy with BCBS is staying exactly the same as it has been for 2 years 363/mo with a 10K deductible.

    I will be moving to the exchange as I am on a fixed income and not employed, but it will be my choice to move to the exchange and accept a policy for 130/mo with no 10K deductible.

    I could just as easily, remain with BCBS of GA and continue to pay 363/mo for a policy with a 10K deductible, but only if I am really, really, really, really stupid.

    October 1, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. DW

    This is disgusting! I went from 210 per pay period to 450 per pay period for affordable care!! Only because I have an employer sponsored plan and it covers my family. That's 11700 per year, this is not a glitch it's a tragedy!

    October 1, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. shuffler

    Starting Oct. 1 my families insurance is more expensive for less coverage. Thanks to the communist in our country.

    October 1, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. John D

    I love the "keep your own insurance, nothing changes" line. My wife and I got to keep our insurance plan, at the cost of an extra 1500 dollars a year, a little bit less coverage and a larger deductible that is now standard at every visit on top of our co-pay.

    October 1, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. NO good OBAMACARE

    Obama is blurring the point saying the republican caused problem, Actually it is Obama that is causing problem and Republican is trying hard to fix him. Obama is really good at blurring the focus and make wrong doing right. Obamacare is against the freedom that Americans were given by COnsitution. Everyone has his/her own freedom to decide whether to buy or not to buy a insurance. Social security and Medicare are crashing because of poor provision and design. Now Obamacare is just a "third medicare" mask, trying to get more money to fill the hole, but still with poor unfairness design encouraging people NOT to work / Take advantage of the other hardworking Americans.

    October 1, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Susan Cumming

    I am listening to Crossfire right now and I have a question for those who are so pro Obama Care. You say that everyone can afford $100 a month for basic health care costs. What about those who are unemployed? Michigan has the highest unemployment rate, so how are these people going to pay $100 a month when they have no job? They are going to be fined right? Basic health care is covered, what about major medical?

    October 1, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Bill

    Yes it will help. Shame on the tea party.

    October 1, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Freedom77

    No one in my family is signing up for at least the first year. One cannot be denied so if something happens you can sign up then.

    October 1, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  10. mike

    Be careful of polls of a small group of people especially when it doesn't say the area,demographic, n other vital elements. Also the healthcare law is not gonna help all in some sense cause if u have insurance already then u keep that, it only affects uninsured,elderly,those with pre-existing conditions,children trying to stay on parents plans until 26. But it does help all Americans in this way by making those who would get health care for free now pay something!

    October 1, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  11. Freedom77

    All of Congress should have to be part of it, other than that pass the CR!

    October 1, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. zach

    This is a disaster for older workers. I make about 50,000 per year....by the time I pay the insurance of over 700.00 monthly and the copays and deductibles it will end up costing over 1000.00 per month..I have Just gone from middle class to lower...single payer is the best idea..everyone pays the same percentage of income

    October 1, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. zach

    Can anyone say SINGLE PAYER????

    October 1, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. marsha

    The older I get, the less I trust politicians whether they are democrat or republican. Everything is going up in price except my husband's paycheck. We are raising grandchildren and live paycheck to paycheck. (Our 27 yr old daughter died from a neurovascular disease). These rich politicians do not have to know how to live on a budget and obviously can not handle our govt's budget.We need to elect only new people with good old common sense to office and boost the egotistical game playing politicians out. One question about this new healthcare business....if people can not afford groceries, rent, meds, lightbills etc.. how in the world can we afford healthcare that is pushed on us and pay penalties if we do not sign up? My husband and i have always worked and own our far from fancy home. This disqualifies us for many benefits we would otherwise receive. We would probably be penalized in this new healthcare too because we have worked hard and paid off our home. I think car insurance is a congame and need to be convinced that health ins will be any better. When ins agents make way more than. $100,000 a year and my 60 yr old husband $16/hr which after taxes and ins brings home approx $450/wk. So besides insurance companies who will receive commisions on govt mandated premiums and politicians who want to play games and get free publicity so they can run for office again who will benefit? We already have programs in place..medicare and medicaid... to take care of the poor. Fix these programs we already have PLEASE!!!!

    October 1, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Bill

    After what I have seen the last few days this is a Harry Reid Shut Down, The Senate has been missing in action, and needs not to get a paycheck during the shutdown, for all the are democrates for sure. We about to distroy the worlds best health care system, for one that no one will be able to get back, AGAIN!!!

    October 1, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Dawn Brown

    I hope all you Obama crazies are happy now.....You voted for that dictator now he is gonna take you to the bank!! America is doomed under Obama. God please have mercy on us!!!

    October 1, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. obamafail

    The Obama care website isfake. There is not one person that has been able to sign up. They have no programs up to choose from. They threw up a dead website to try and head off a repeal and government shutdown. Pathetic...Bad Omen.

    October 1, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Sharon

    People having SOME access to healthcare who couldn't even afford it before? Yeah,that's a good thing. Obamacare ain't perfect but it's certainly better than the nothing these folks had before. When the least of us are doing better, we're all doing better.

    October 1, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Marinda

    People were misled at the onset if the Affordable Health Act by the same Tea Party led GOP party, who wanted the government shut down. The GOP shut down is a shameful attempt to validate their lies and misleading their own base to create a divisive America. Let us who understands the importance of this act fall into the GOP principals of Greed, hate, oppression, and obstruction. The GOP when they say "American People" they are not referring to all this nation's citizens. They are a disgrace to be call Americans.

    October 1, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. dlfref

    Obamacare already hurt my family, ups not paying for our benefits any longer, blames obamacare

    October 1, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Andrew

    This obamacare is a complete waste of money. My rates have doubled. Hope the shutdown last a long time. Like until 2016.
    Obama's a sad excuse for a
    world leader.

    October 1, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. emporersnaked

    People with good insurance will pay more for less coverage.
    People without coverage will get insurance and vote democrat.
    People with existing conditions will not all be insured (only 1/3 of the poor30 million)
    Special friends of the president will receive federal care dollars and spend it unwisely.
    Other unfunded mandates will go unfunded due to the president
    New will not report these facts because they are operatives
    The US will not be able .to protect. and aid countries or continue good programs dueto debt.
    Baby boomers will not receive care and a pervasive attitude to let them die will permeate government because they are too traditional.
    Obama would be historically report as inxopetanr and a liar but "historians" will receive history and deity him.
    Obama supporters will continue to defend and remote and dissociated from rational thought.
    These are.the facts and they are undisputed.

    October 1, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. Disappointed Federal worker

    Wack insurance vs no pay check.....are you seriously complaining about insurance? Insurance was never meant to help anyone but the insurance conpany so I prefer to fight for my pay check in order for me and my family to not have to live out of my car

    October 1, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  24. ib

    Obama care is the only break through care for all this is the only way pls let it sit.this creates a way for poor n needy ppl to care for them self why dont rich ppl want the poor to survive what kind of a system prevents equality in lifestyle among ppl rich businesses need to shut up and let obama care standfirm we love you Obama

    October 1, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. Rick

    I do not believe anything I read here, I believe these postings are not truthful. All those posting here that the coverage went down and the cost went up do not ring true. For instance someone whose income is less than 12K @ year should qualify for medicaid... yet such are here complaining about ACA...

    October 1, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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