CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?
November 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?

Washington (CNN) – Despite the flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov, a majority of Americans still seem to have an open mind about whether Obamacare will work, and more than half of those surveyed in a new national poll believe the current problems can be solved.

A CNN/ORC International poll also indicates nearly six in 10 Americans oppose the national health care law, but some give the Affordable Care Act a thumbs down because it isn't liberal enough.

According to the survey released on Wednesday, four in 10 say they support the law, with 58% opposed. Those figures are little changed from a CNN poll a month ago, just two weeks into the rough start up of HealthCare.gov and mostly before the controversy over insurance policy cancellations due primarily to the new health law.

But 41% say they oppose the law because they think it's too liberal, with 14% saying the measure doesn't go far enough. That means that 54% either support Obamacare, or say it's not liberal enough.

Is the new law a success or failure?

Nearly four in 10 say it's a failure, with 53% saying it is too soon to tell.

Will the current problems faced by Obamacare be eventually solved?

Fifty-four percent express optimism on this question, with 45% saying that Obamacare's flaws will never be fixed.

Younger Americans are much less likely to express negative views of the new health care law.

"Only 25% of 18-to-34 year olds say that the new law is a failure, compared to more than four in 10 in any other age bracket. Seven in 10 younger Americans think the current problems faced by Obamacare will eventually be fixed. Senior citizens are split, and most people between 35 and 65 years old think that the system is permanently broken," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The poll was conducted November 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, with 843 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.


Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Obamacare • President Obama
soundoff (488 Responses)
  1. JOJO

    I hear that you have to put your own personal information when you go on the Obama, web site to get health Insurance Social security etc. People have gotten their personal info hacked and stolen already!

    November 27, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. TONE

    I looked at a documentary on HBO soon after the Obama won the presidency a set of people from the redneck belt of the USA were interviewed, I felt so ashamed not at what they were saying which cannot be posted here however, it was their empty mouths that got my attention, they were all toothless, and i ask myself the question can their congressman help them to get a dental plan? they were spewing this garbage to the world about the president, and they were toothless what a shame.

    November 27, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Me

    The Real Tom Paine

    -larry

    Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

    AKA: The Obama administration.
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    Let me guess: you spent hours on this response? I'm assuming you see yourself as one of the diminishing number of producers. Well, has your side producted a solution to the problem of lowering the cost of private insurance, or do your resources go towards carping and fault-finding ( which is far easier)?
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    First, why do you keep saying the GOP needs to find a solution, they are not the ones that created a failed law!! Second, remember 85% were HAPPY with their health insurance prior to the ACA so again why do you think the GOP needs to "fix it"?? Third, health insurance is only a small part of the problem, the cost of HEALTH CARE is the majority of the problem and the ACA does NOTHING absolutely NOTHING to address that!

    November 27, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Clarity

    JJ the health care system here never has been the greatest in the world. Thai is myth. Get a life! In nearly every other industrialized country there IS a healthcare system......and certainly healthcare is better or comparable and a lot less expensive......and they do not receive mounds of insurance paperwork after a hospital visit.

    November 27, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. SaraD

    As far as the software, yes, it will be eventually be fixed. But the rest of it can't. If 60% of America does not like Obamacare, why are we moving forward with this? Remember of the people and by the people? What people? Them! Next year, millions will lose their insurance secured through their place of employment. Their new insurance will cost more, most will lose their family doctors and hospitals of choice, and the deductible will be larger. Many will not be able to afford the Affordable Health Care. This is redistribution of wealth and health.

    November 27, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Just Saying

    Rudy NYC,

    You were the one that was trying to point out that the Democrats in Congress that pushed this through knew exactly what was in it in direct response to another person's barb about Democrats admitting they didn't know what was in the bill. My questions were meant to show that either they didn't know any of the things that I questioned, or that they knew and continued ahead anyways. Neither option really is acceptable. So, simple question, in your mind, did the Democrats in Congress that pushed this through know about all of the ramifications that I mentioned
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    INo doubt, 'm sure that that is the way you wanted to read it because the latest laugh line from comedian Rush Limbaugh is that Democrats didn't even know what was in the bill. But, no, that is not what I wrote, nor what I meant. The right wing has been claiming for years that they didn't know what was in the bill before the vote. They make the claim despite the fact that the bill's content was debated on the Senate floor for two months before it was voted on and PASSED, with a simple majority.

    November 27, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. ral

    Obamacare is NOT a disaster. The disasters are happening in Red controlled states where the GOP are trying to sabotage it.

    In Dem controlled states, like where I am, it's working fine. I was an uninsurable 63 yr old with a history of health problems – I've been uninsured since my divorce because of the obscenely high cost. Now I can get full insurance for $103/mth. And my son is insured until he finishes college.

    Anyone who believes all the lies about why we cannot possibly have health insurance in America must really have a low opinion of this nation. How is it possible that anyone can believe that America is NOT capable of doing what every other first and second world nation has already done?

    How pathetic does the right wing think Americans are if they believe we can't even manage to do what Costa Rica, Belize, France, Canada and just about everyone else has done – without turning into hellholes of totalitarianism.

    The right wing is ridiculous with their endless "the sky is falling" if the poor can see a doctor.

    I think we can handle anything Denmark can handle.

    November 27, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Me

    jinx9to88

    uh oh GOP all that crap coming out of your mouth still isn't changing people minds. Wait till Obamacare gets rolling. Good luck then.
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    Yet another liberal with reading comprehension problems....58% OPPOSE THE LAW!!! LOL

    November 27, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Ceswho

    This law is unfixable. Why do you think they moved the employer mandates back until after the mid-term elections?
    So Obama voters won't see the disaster created when tens of millions of middle class workers see their policies get cancelled and they have to sign up for ACA at higher premiums and higher deductibles. Even they will be crying for relief from this abomination. If it is so great, why has the President and Congress exempted themselves from it?

    November 27, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Evander

    This is what happens when dems tell us we have to pass it before we can read it, then spend 600 million on the best friend of the first lady to make it. Lies, nepotism and fraud abounds.

    November 27, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Clarity

    Ral you hit the nail on the head. The right spread so much negativity that unfortunately people end up believing it.

    November 27, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Me

    Rudy NYC

    Me flipped out:

    "A decade ago, most people were losing their insurance every year because they had to renew every fall. Guess what? It's still happening. TAA-DAA. You've just now noticed it."

    NOT ONCE have we EVER seen millions of policies cancelled at once!!! You are a flat out liar on this one Rudy!!!! I have had insurance for over 15 years now and had to renew EVERY year and NEVER have I or the 60K+ that work with me had our policies cancelled and then replaced with policies that cost a TON more, NEVER!!!! Same with every person I know! Yes a SMALL amount of policies have been cancelled each year but guess what, they were usually replaced with similar policies (cost and coverage) unlike now where the cost has double or tripled or more for millions!
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    Millions of people have been getting dropped out of one policy, and placed into another for decades. It's called re-enrollment, and sometimes you get shoved into a different plan with a different company. Employers do it all of the time, whenever they feel that they can get a better deal with a different company.
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    Yes I acknowledged that it does and has happened in the past Rudy, 2 differences, it has not happened on the scale it is now and that is a fact! Second, the new policies were very similar to the previous policies in terms of price, unlike now where the premiums and deducible have skyrocketed, doubled, tripled or more in many cases!

    November 27, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Al

    If you want to know if it's work or salvageable ask those that were on Medicare and thanks to the Democrats Health Care Law they are now the next group that is getting letters telling them that since the money was taken from them to make the Democrats Health Care appear affordable their plans are being cancelled and their doctors are not on the authorized providers list.

    November 27, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Andrewmag166

    Hers an idea why don't you try to fix your own gov va care before you take over the entire healthcare industry.

    November 27, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    ral

    Obamacare is NOT a disaster. The disasters are happening in Red controlled states where the GOP are trying to sabotage it.
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    Which is exactly why Issa took his dog and pony show only to red states to interview people.

    November 27, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. John Illinois

    Ral, do those countries you mention have half the population on the government dole? No??? Obamawelfarecare is unsustainable when you have half the population freeloading!

    November 27, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. Pete

    Obamcare is designed to bankrupt the middle class when serious illness strikes. The writers of the law intend to take over the health care providers when the amount of insurance Americans can buy under the plan fails to provide for the costs of major illness. They predict that, once again, middle class Americans will believe that the solution to a government created problem is more government. They may be right about the reaction of CNN readers, but Obamacare is a dagger pointed at the heart of our republic. I pray the website never works, because we need to repeal the law, not enroll customers.

    November 27, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Fact

    Fix the following root causes for the Health Care problem, FIRST:
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    (1) Sky rocketing drugs/medicine expenses,
    (2) Unreasonable high insurance premiums
    (3) Unbearable health-care-service/medical expenses
    (4) Huge liability expenses due to people filing law suit against hospital, doctors, pharmaceuticals companies and insurance companies, claiming stupendous thousands and millions of dollars
    (5) Ineffective monitoring and controlling of the practices of hospitals, doctors, insurance companies and pharmaceuticals companies

    This Obamare is not the answer to any of the problem mentioned here. Though few folks may see a drop on their insurance premium or get (better) coverage. It is all done only by offsetting matching additional cost on to other folks (healthy and young current insurance policy holders), which is a totall insane.

    Either the working innocent middle class folks pay in full a huge premium with huge out of pocket or the government subsidizes for poor class folks, all this will only help the private insurance companies to profit in additional hundres of billions, adding trillions to the country debt, which will eventually increase tax over the working innocent middle class folks, a double blow for middle class.

    November 27, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    "Millions of people have been getting dropped out of one policy, and placed into another for decades. It's called re-enrollment, and sometimes you get shoved into a different plan with a different company. Employers do it all of the time, whenever they feel that they can get a better deal with a different company."

    Yes I acknowledged that it does and has happened in the past Rudy, 2 differences, it has not happened on the scale it is now and that is a fact! Second, the new policies were very similar to the previous policies in terms of price, unlike now where the premiums and deducible have skyrocketed, doubled, tripled or more in many cases!
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    So what, if they did change all at once. Stop the whining about it. Nobody cares except for the Obama deniers.

    We all knew it was gong to be big change in how insurance works. Besides, insurers could have kept the plans if they wanted to, but the INSURERS CHOSE not to keep the old policies around. Why not sell you a product with a higher premium? Besides, the law was passed in 2010, which was arguably four years ago. How many insurance plans remain unchanged that long? None.

    November 27, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Fact

    Fix the following root causes for the Health Care problem, FIRST:
    ... ... ...

    This Obamare is not the answer to any of the problem mentioned here. Though few folks may see a drop on their insurance premium or get (better) coverage. It is all done only by offsetting matching additional cost on to other folks (healthy and young current insurance policy holders), which is a totall insane.

    Either the working innocent middle class folks pay in full a huge premium with huge out of pocket or the government subsidizes for poor class folks, all this will only help the private insurance companies to profit in additional hundres of billions, adding trillions to the country debt, which will eventually increase tax over the working innocent middle class folks, a double blow for middle class.
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    If Obamacare is not the answer, then you failed to tell us what is the solution. Your lack of any suggeestion as how to fix the problems are typical.

    November 27, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. southerngent

    Tone

    If they want to go toothless, that WAS their right.

    Man, how liberals can be so ignorant concerning individual rights. You have been left so far behind in comprehension that its understandable why we are losing respect in the rest of the world.

    November 27, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Jack

    'FIXABLE' mean lower RATES SHOCK and DEDUCTIBLE SHOCK.

    November 27, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. sofork

    The Unaffordable Care Act does not fix any of the problems with the American Health Care system. It only creates more. There are a few good things in it, but those could have been taken care of in about 10 pages of legislation, not 1,000 plus pages. The whole thing is a mess, caused by a President (and his supporters) who lied about it to get elected and to get the bill passed. If Obama was in the private sector, he would be sued for his deception.

    November 27, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Amanda

    Obama's credibility has cratered. Obamacare is a joke. Obama's honesty and transparency are jokes.

    November 27, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Me

    nc_mike

    All those adamantlly opposed to Obamacare – you are in the minority!!!! And 14% more thing ACA doesn't go far enough. Read again – MINORITY! Get over it because you LOST the war and there is no way to stop it.
    _______________
    LMFAO...another liberal with read comprehnsion problems, 58% OPPOSE THE LAW.....what part of that don't you understand??????????? LOL

    November 27, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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