CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?
October 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
7 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. JR

    Mandatory enforcement of all GOP members leave office immediately. They are nothing but an arrogant, hypocritical hateful bunch of destructive losers.

    October 1, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. JR

    Destroy America if it means stress for Pres. Obama. The GOP has to go or America is toast.

    October 1, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. robert

    This will only benefit the poor and those with major medical problems and pre-exiting conditions. It's a total farce for the healthy that never go to doctors. I'm taking the penalty!

    October 1, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. Bill

    It will help to set a precedence for lowering heathcare costs as to what we pay providers, pharmacies, and the insurance companies who have been raking in big profits at unreasonably high costs. Before Obamacare kicked in we saw the FEHB insurance companies raising their premiums 25 % a year or more while raising our co-pays and deductibles every year and not providing needed medical services considered by doctors as emergency essential. Pharmaceutical Companies raise their prices at unprecedent levels and premium medications that have been on the market for decades have no generic equivalent like Niaspan for Cholesterol Lowering. Many Many people have been on Statins that triggered autoimmune connective tissue diseases to the point they cannot take statins which would be fatal to folks having the rare uncureable diseases.

    October 1, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Jason

    Wow CNN is really having to spin and piece together poll results to try and make Obamacare sound like its not a total disaster.

    If you add this group of people together with this other group who thinks it won't affect them, then you have the majority thinking its not bad. See see Obamacare is good!

    October 1, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. Jason

    Oh and if this great Obamacare is so good for everyone, then why is congress getting special exemptions....

    October 1, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. tim

    Interesting that people with out health care can now spend up to 8% of there income to purchase insurance. If they use the insurance it could cost them another $6000 to $12000 in deductables. Will this really Help? It looks like Obamacare has just raised my tax burden and added another road block to a viable middle class income.

    October 1, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. steven

    The House proposed last night in the last bill to the senate, two things. One, all of congress, the president, and their aides would be enrolled in Obamacare since it is so great. Second, they said that the people could still enroll in Obamacare if they chose, but they would not be fined for the first year if they did not.

    So tell me, why the heck couldn't the Senate agree to that? That was more than fair in my opinion. If they can't agree to that, then the Senate and Obama are in complete denial. And anyone that is still blaming this shutdown on the House Republicans is delusional.

    The vast majority of America think that Obamacare is a joke and will only hurt our country. And for once the House is fighting for the majority of the country.

    October 1, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  9. Unfortunately

    I will have to "adjust" my income(reported) to recuperate my losses. Not sure how the government will pay for all of this, but I won't be helping them do it.

    October 1, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Sure won't be the people that have health insurance and pay income taxes.

    October 1, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. JC

    Its funny because the poll questions did not ask the questions in the same way they were represented in the article. To that end CNN is taking liberties to add questions together to try to somehow create a majority approval of the ACA.

    October 1, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. Dave

    Socialism has arrived in our once free country. We we turned a blind eye. I am in California " The welfare state", single, and make a decent wage. Obama care will rocket my monthly fee for my HMO.

    October 1, 2013 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  13. GAGA

    The Republicans tried twice to pass a workable bill and to do what most of the public wanted, so don't blame them–put the blame where it is deserved: on the democrats. This bill will kill jobs and hike all prices to Americans, so in the end who will be able to afford it? It was meant all along to take from the middle class and give to the poor. Soon there will be NO middle class, we will all be poor and have poor insurance to boot.

    October 1, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  14. Ashamed

    Based on the results of the polls, isn't it time that someone publish what it is that the Affordable Care Act actually provides? The percentages are astounding in terms of those thinking that illegal immigrants will have coverage, that there would be death panels, etc. How about CNN set the record straight?

    October 1, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  15. T

    .So, if your kid gets cancer and you dont have insurance right now.....you can get coverage because of the ACA..instead of LOSING YOU HOME........Your famnily will have greatere fincancial security now that your health care will be guranteed with the ACA, .you can NEVER BE TOSSED AWAY from your health care because you get sick.,...you can NEVER be denied health care coverage because you are already sick....YOU wont have to choose between YOUR LIFE, and lossing your home anymore. .the ACA is GOOD FOR ALL AMERICANS

    October 1, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  16. bones

    It will benefit a lot of low-income people, and there will be subsidies that basically make some level of coverage available to the lowest income brackets. So yes, it will benefit the bottom 20-25% of the population.. maybe. The costs for the rest of the country will continue to grow, and it will become, in effect, the largest tax increase in our history. Putting it bluntly, it's a give-away to low income households, and the first step toward socialized healthcare (which is admittedly the entire point of the Affordable Care Act, to mimic healthcare systems like in Europe... which is in a worse financial crisis than we are.) Democrats know that this will lock in voters among low-income earners for decades, because people tend to vote for parties that give them things.

    October 1, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  17. mark

    In the end everyone

    October 1, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  18. Word Games

    "...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."

    The conclusion that "most Americans see some good" is a huge stretch. It's like saying saying most Americans see some good coming out of deadly train wreck as long as at least one person survives. You're reaching beyond your grasp, CNN.

    October 1, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  19. Anonymous

    I don't fully understand the healthcare law in the states . Saying that we have healthcare in Canada and ours is great saves lives and looks after the poor who can't afford private health insurance. Also England has government run health care and its pretty good also.

    October 1, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  20. anonymous

    My doctor of over 10 years is going out of business because of the new health law. Thousands more doctors are in the same boat. It isn't about right or left. It isn't about the rich wanting to see the poor suffer in health. This system isn't going to work in America. I... ME... will be paying significantly more in premiums going forward, and will be receiving significantly less care... and it's because I'm paying for other people's healthcare that don't work nearly as hard, or even at all? Good luck trying to get an appointment... a close friend needed to get a mamogram for suspected breast cancer and was told the soonest she could be seen is April of 2014. This country is being driven into the ground.

    October 1, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  21. Beau

    Just checked on new rates for health insurance in South Dakota. Because we are not as populated as other areas, we have lost carriers that we had before. The lowest insurance I can get increases my monthly premiums by $550 for my family a month. So much for being able to keep the insurance that you previously had. I did not ever vote for Obama's change, but I a middle class citizen am paying for it.

    October 1, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. Jester

    Polling people who have been fed a solid year of misinformation and scare tactics is kind of silly. I don't think I will be better off, but I think the poor and downtrodden will be better off, and I'll pay a little more if that's what it takes. I'm a 31 year old, upper middle-class former Republican, for what it's worth

    October 1, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  23. Anonymous

    17% is about right - the major beneficiaries of the ACA will be those who are currently uninsured because we have preexisting conditions and are older (so buying on the individual market is prohibitively expensive) and work part-time or self-employed so can't get coverage at work. I believe that's about 15% of the population. That's the key question: How many people who do not currently have insurance are able to get it (at an affordable cost) through the ACA? If you say "it won't help me," that's likely because your current coverage works well.

    October 1, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  24. notfooledagain

    Sure won't be the people that have health insurance and pay income taxes.

    October 1, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  25. Compaq715

    The only winners are congress as they don't have to participate and corporations as they can put health plans to the government

    October 1, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
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