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. wendel

    it has been helping me right along. Cost is less than most working people are paying now through their employers. Give it a chance instead of bashing.

    October 1, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. jgrwriter

    Who are they polling? I was NEVER contacted...

    October 1, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Name

    "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."

    Hahahaha! Wow! Combing percentages to make us think support for the bill is higher than it actually is?! How about you report the facts and let us interpret them? We really are more intelligent than you obviously give us credit for!

    October 1, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. J in NJ

    I work for a major hospital in the city and today every employee in the hospital was advised that our monthly premiums have just doubled and to keep my wife and son on the policy is going up almost double. The HR department specificlly cited this is due to the new health care law. Thanks for nothing OBOZO! If not for my child I would drop the insurance and take the extra pay and then pay the Obama Tax.

    October 1, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Dave Busby

    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.

    36% + 17% = 53% How does 53% equal "most" Americans. This is not news reporting, this is editorializing by the author.

    October 1, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Molly

    The numbers sum it up. This will help very few people and more people will end up paying more for their current insurance. Thanks obummer.

    October 1, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. tv22

    Apparently nobody since you can't even register an account.

    October 1, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Name Justice K.Appiah.

    I personally do not blame G.O.P. in Congress, but those who elected them into office.

    October 1, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. Shelly

    This poll and the way the writer spun the results is laughable. Bascially we are all smart enough to know this health care system is not gonna work. The estimates for those who will still be potentially uninsured is almost the same as before..........I just want the President, Congress and the Unions to explain to the rest of us why they should receive special treatment with the waivers. If our own President and family is exempt from this how could he in good conscience pass it on to us. It's sickening!

    October 1, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. Elizabeth

    The question: Will Obamacare help? The Answer: Insurance Companies.

    I'd like to know how people who are suppose to represent (voted and paid by) the American people are except from their own rules. If it is good enough for us, then it good enough for congress, they are not Gods.

    October 1, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. ktown8

    Yes, there are some good things about the ACA, but there are so many bad things and unknown effects, that they cancel out all the good. I wish everyone could have healthcare, but it's just not sustainable. The ACA is going to destroy the middle class. Let's just call it what it is........an underhanded form of redistribution of wealth.

    October 1, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. JC316

    Just another handout for people to be dependent on the government. And the Tax payer to foot the bill.

    October 1, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. Joyce

    It's the deductibles, stupid.

    I've had health insurance for years with co-pays, but no deductibles.

    With the deductible ($3,000 for the bronze plan-individual), people will have to pay the FIRST $3,000 OUT OF POCKET! What low income person can afford that?

    Someone tell me how that is more affordable.....

    October 1, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. Anonymous

    wendel get a clue do you have any idea on how insurance works? Adverse selection will raise premiums to unsustainable levels stop talking with your heart and start thinking, if it is so good why is congress not going to use it? Because it is not better than what they have, dud

    October 1, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  15. HenryMiller

    "CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?"

    With typical journalistic bias, CNN never seems to get around to discussing what Obamacare is going to cost you, like your job, the hours you're allowed to work at your job, and so on. Of course, most of those in favour of Obamacare are chronic losers who are just vindictively pleased when someone else is required to pay for their goodies.

    October 1, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Lane Kelemen

    When did fact checking become a polling issue? If 60% of Americans believed they would be better off if the world were flat, would Congress vote to declare the world flat? Well the Republicans would, I suppose. And thanks to their constant disinformation, they can find a poll to deny global warming, evolution, health care facts, dangers of junk food, dangers of cigarettes and the needlessness of bike helmets.

    October 1, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. Wantingmore L.J

    This healthcare law has to be allowed to operate for a while at least to see all that is in it. We as nation can not submit to republicanrumour mongering of a "nuclear" disaster if Obamacare happens.

    October 1, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  18. linda

    Yes, everyone must, not optional or Obamacare will not work, buy insurance and prove that they have insurance if not bought on the exchanges. But, and it is a big BUT, will the medical panel that will be in place approve your procedure as ordered by a doctor if you can find a good one willing to work for nothing under Obamacare or private insurance which will be governed by Obamacare? How long will the panel take to finally approve necessary procedure/s?

    By working diligently to place total blame of the government shut down, and the mainstream media is missing this point or ignoring it, on the Republicans , the democrats, who have control of the senate, are strategically working to gain control of the House. The democrats do NOT care about compromise. This shutdown is all about gaining absolute control over the American people. Obama would then become a benevolent dictator who could demand we buy more government sponsored products that are good for the masses.

    The democrats should rename their party, the Socialist Democrat Party. .

    October 1, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  19. WachetAuf

    We are a nation of malignant narcissists. Will it help "me"? Me. Me. Me. Yet, we call ourselves "Christians", Republicans control the "Christians". At least that is what our puppet masters tell us.

    October 1, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. Felimarie- employed

    I am anxiously waiting to access the site to see what my options are. I am one of the people whose employer doesn't offer health insurance. I had a pre-existing condition so no one would give me insurance. I am looking forward to being allowed to pay a reasonable price to get healthcare. I am way over due for important tests that would have been outrageous without insurance. CAT scans usually run about $2,000 without insurance. You know doctors will tell you just to come in wether you can pay or not? They tell you your health is way more important than being able to pay. I am not a freeloader so I don't go. You know insurance companies get discounted prices but if I just want to pay upfront I will get charged more? It is nice to have a fair chance. The ACA is going to have its issues why can't we see what works and fix what doesn't? Why do we have to trash the whole thing and start from scratch it is irrational. If it is a huge failure guess what? Someone gets to say I told you so. Isn't that the best feeling ever? Lets move on already lets see if it stands on its own and focus on getting things done.

    October 1, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  21. Mr. Money

    One thing is for sure, it will help the insurance companies' profits. Time to invest.

    October 1, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. are122

    In 2016, the penalty for not participating in Obamacare is $695 for every adult, and the minimum penalty for a family is capped at $2,085. However, it can be as high as 2.5 percent of the family income - whichever is greater. <~~Amazing. Endless tax, higher and higher. Wonder if there's any shovel ready debtors prisons.

    October 1, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  23. Anonymous

    "I'd like to know how people who are suppose to represent (voted and paid by) the American people are except from their own rules. If it is good enough for us, then it good enough for congress, they are not Gods."

    The problem is, they think they are. They have too much power. If we forced them out and created term limits as well as a line item veto, it would take care of this problem.

    October 1, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Phil in KC

    So they're asking people for their opinion on a subject about which they're obviously ill-informed? Brilliant. Real helpful.

    October 1, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  25. Lane Kelemen

    Actually the Affordalbe Care Act will help all of us by providing health care outside of the emergency room for those who haven't had health care. I am looking forward to living in a developed country that provides basic health care because it protects us all.

    October 1, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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