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. asdf

    I am able to sign up for an "obamacare" plan today but my brother who is in the military will not get paid and I can't take my kids to the statue of liberty...and how is this shutdown helping to stop obamacare?

    October 1, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  2. unretired05

    1. poor/under employed will have insurance that they have paid for at least partially
    2. under insured/uninsured will have a policy with affordable deductibles and premiums
    3. healthcare providers will get paid for their service instead of passing off the unpaid bills as overhead
    4. insured people will see their cost go down as providers overhead is reduced

    October 1, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. Canuck

    The United States can afford endless wars but cannot bring itself to introduce affordable health care for all of its citizens. Shameful.

    October 1, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. justbeamensch

    In more civilized countries, health care is available to all citizens. In the USA, we don't care about our fellow citizens. I got mine, go get yours. We finally have a President who cares, and he is punished for it.

    October 1, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. beblue72

    Obamacare is a huge first step in the direction of where the Insurance Co is less able to have full control of how much they can charge for Premiums because they won't have as much Monopoly w/in each State! Because right now, the Insurance Co, the Hospitals, the Physiciians or are either going along w/ it or trapped in the For Profit No Matter What System that we have (which is controlled by the Private Industries have have huge Lobbying power over a large # of Congress, especially most of the GOP, and a large # of conservative Dems. McCain and a few on the GOP side are a few exceptions. And on the Dems we have Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, de Blasio from NY, and hopefully Kucinich and Feingold if they get elected again! These are only a handful of Progressives that actually talk the talk and walk the walk for the Working Class folks and the Poor!

    October 1, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. TJC

    I doubt that most people against the Affordable Healthcare Act have a clue as to what it is. The fact that it makes insurance companies insure people with pre-existing conditions alone is fantastic. Also the notion that if you are already insured you won't be able to see your won doctor is propaganda. My husband's insurance company had to give him a nice refund last year because of part of the law that had already kicked in. I don't know what has happened to the American people that they can be led so easily. It is a sad affair when a small segment of politicians can bring the United States of America to its knees for no real reason. Our economy continues to be sabotaged. We could be so much better off by now if they hadn't drug us through the sequester and now this. People, wake up. The tea party extremists are hurting us all. Quit being ignorant sheep.

    October 1, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Wilson

    If obamacare is so good, why is anyone (congress, the president, unions, etc.) exempt? Why is their even a waiver process if it is so good? To see the future of this country under obamacare, look at the countries that have socialized medicine, 50% tax rate and very long waiting times to get medical care. It is not publicized, but in these countries, people have literally died while waiting their "turn."

    October 1, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. Disabled Person

    Review the facts first, not media bias or opinions controlled by the President. If you are sick, like me, you end up losing your job, going on Medicare, and then Medicaid to help cover the cost of your healthcare. Once this is done, you will never get another job in your life because no one wants the risk on their insurance policy. You also then start to lose previous things, like your home being foreclosed because Medicare and Medicaid don't cover everything! You try to work all of your life to become homeless. Thanks for really helping the disabled because your formulas don't work and Obamacare aka Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not be there for you. You are all brainwashed!

    October 1, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Will

    It will help those with pre-existing conditions who couldn't get heath care before. I notice a lot of people make comments about law raising my taxes etc, seems they only care about themselves & no one else. I guess they would rather see someone drop dead, before seeing there taxes go up.

    October 1, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Rob

    Or you could say 73% of Americans believe they or no one will benefit from ACA. It's all how you spin the numbers. Stupid people.

    October 1, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. T.Storm

    Won't help me in the least. I do not want it, need it & will not use it.

    October 1, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. quinLee

    What's the point. Just yesterday a poll was released showing a large majority of people are either uniformed or misinformed about ACA. So most people participating in this survey have no clue. Straight BS.

    October 1, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  13. Mike

    This is unbelievably irresponsible journalism. The conclusions that that author jumps to might as well be coming from Obama himself.
    "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."

    MOST- 53%

    Yet, these stats to not get the same treatment as an overwhelming majority:
    "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."

    MOST- 81%

    MOST people either dislike Obamacare or feel that it is useless.

    The people have spoken, let their voice be heard, CNN.

    October 1, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  14. scieng1

    Medicaire is being cut in half, with massive reductions to hospitals and doctors to pay for health care to seniors and the disabled. Only the Democrats believe this is a good thing.

    October 1, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. Meg9

    The one piece of this situation that should be shouted from the rooftops is what happens if you are at the poverty line or below, do not qualify for medicaid and live in a state that did not expand Medicaid.
    You do not qualify for the subsidy. You can purchase insurance from the exchange, but you have to pay for it on your own.
    My state chose not to expand Medicaid.
    I was a student for most of last year, so my income for that year is below the poverty line. I have a full time job that does not include insurance benefits. I was shocked to see the Kaiser calculator provide me a Bronze plan quote of 2800 dollars. If I had 2800 dollars to spend on health insurance, I wouldn't have to look at the exchanges!

    This is a very large flaw in the program.

    October 1, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  16. OGreen

    The Affordable Care Act(aka Obamacare) will not help most people because they are already covered by health insurance, by Medicare or by Medicaid.

    The ACA will help those who have no health insurance coverage.

    October 1, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Downhill We Go

    I find it ironic on how the GOP is getting the blame for this. Granted, pushing legislation to defund the entire ACA is fruitless – it'll never pass. But, look at the latest House-passed bill that was denied late last night by the Senate and really look into who is playing the spoiled brats here – the POTUS and the Democrats.
    -----------------------
    Anyone who actually believes that Democrats would accept a bill that funds the government for just a few weeks, while it dismantles the ACA, is totally delusional. You would have to be living in a fantasy reality to hold any expectation that Democrats would accept such a degrading bill.

    October 1, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. jsmoulder

    I just hope that this fiasco of a health care can somehow be fixed or repealed by this time next year. Because with it in place I will lose my current coverage and have to use it. So much for keep your insurance and your doctor.

    October 1, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. Joyce

    The alternative to Obamacare is No-care. I have noticed that all those voting against Obamacare and all my friends who oppose it have really good insurance. Granted, some fine tuning can occur once we get it launched.

    October 1, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  20. BigD

    Land line survey? Who under 60 has a land line?

    October 1, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  21. Jake

    @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!
    ----------------------------------------–
    Good for you. So am I.
    In fact, by doing a bit of research I've found ways around the tax system so that you won't pay a penalty even if you don't buy insurance. ;).
    Obama can eat his healthcare law.

    October 1, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. LCB

    Why not just 'add' a 'surcharge' to all my utility, grocery, gasoline, house, and car insurance bills, every month?
    Seems everyone else is doing it!

    October 1, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. Jim

    Obamacare is so great that today – the first day you can sign up – the system is down. Just a preview of things to come.

    October 1, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. Name Justice K.Appiah.

    The strategy that G.O.P. has adopted will help them to loose future elections.

    October 1, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  25. Jcccc

    Most American see some good coming from it?????? Flawed logic, flawed methodology, flawed conclusion! But then what did you expect from a CNN survey?

    October 1, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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