CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?
November 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months 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. Just Saying

    Rudy NYC, so the simple answer to my question is that yes, you feel that the Democrats in Congress that pushed this through DID know about the likely ramifications that I mentioned? If that's the case, then they should just own that. They should've come out and said, we know there are issues with this legislation that will be seen as "questionable" to a large number of people, and that there will be a significant number of people who will be adversely affected by this bill. However, we feel that the end result will be a positive outcome for the country. While that decision may be debateable, it's a lot better than lying to everybody.

    And yes, there were a fair number of legislators who did not read the entire legislation. They viewed the thousands of pages of the law as too cumbersome to get through on their own and relied on summaries from their staff members and the White House.

    November 27, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. styrgwillidar

    The title of the article indicates a misunderstanding of what is going on.

    The ACA/Obamacare is working as intended. These are not flaws, they are features. It, as the NYT pointed out, is at heart a redistribution system. Those proposing it either lied about it's effects, or pretended not to understand them (i.e. Pelosi's 'We have to pass it to find out what's in it', because they knew it could not be passed if the American public truly understood its ramifications.

    It was intended to be a fundamental change to insurance, it was intended to radically restructure the coverage of policies and provide for the young and healthy to subsidize the old/unhealthy and poor. The system had to raise a lot of revenue to redistribute for that purpose, both through having folks pay more in premiums to the insurance company as well as taking on more out of pocket costs through increased deductibles/co-pays.

    Again, not flaws- features.

    November 27, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Jeb

    The Affordable Care Act will be fixed and 50 million Americans will finally have access to the affordable heath care that they desperately need.

    Republican's blind, ignorant, hatred cannot be fixed unfortunately.

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

    Silence DoGood

    Before ACA insurance companies dropped millions of policies due to greed and profit.
    After ACA insurance companies dropped millions of policies complying to a new law benefiting customers.
    Oh my – how awful.
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    Lets see PROOF of your first claim please, it was NOT millions it was minuscule compared to what is happening now!!! I will wait for proof....probably for ever since I bet you don't have any!

    November 27, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Fact

    Rudy NYC
    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.
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    If I know the perfect solution then I should be the president or part of his/her circle. They have failed us with this ineffective Obamcare. I still thank for their attempt but most of them need to be replaced with smart heads.
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    Here is my 2 cents:
    Government should build more public hospitals that offers all kind of health care services at a "very reasonable" price. Private insurance is not needed here, which itself will reduce the health care cost more than 50%. No money no service. This will force those who think 'working is slavery' to get their buttt out to find a job to pay their bills. Also people with bad behaviour and irresponsible would need to spend more as they frequently go to hospital. No free health care should be offered at Emergency centers, which is mostly used by illegal immigrants and deadbeats, who pay no tax. This will drastically reduces the hospital charges.

    More importantly, I don't have a bottomless wallet to collect endless donations and generous lobby from rich private organizations to pave the law in their favor, while the people voted would suffer.

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

    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.
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    What is remarkable is the blantant hypocrisy that is rampant in the right wing in this country. The very movement that preaches to its' own beat about freedom and individual liberty, are also the same people who call themselves defenders of the 2nd Amendment, and believers in the U.S. Constitution. HA!

    The right wing doesn't even act like the 1st Amendment even exists. They are the ones who try to restirct peoples rights in order to make them conform to some theocratic world view. Freedom of religion has no meaning on the right. Freedom of speech has no meaning on the right, either. If your words and thoughts do not conform to the thought police, then you are ostracized, excommunicated, and eradicated from the face of conservatism.

    November 27, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. loops808

    OBamacare...Obamacare...Obamacare. Big push by Democrats and Democratic media to stop using the term Obamacare Why not own it if it's so great?

    November 27, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. wwschmidt

    This is a ridiculously silly way to conduct a poll, since people's opinions have no bearing at all on whether the problems will be fixed or not. The best they could have done would be to ask "are you hopeful that the problems will be fixed?", because that's all that is being surveyed here.

    It's either fixable, or fatally flawed. if its fatally flawed, and 99 people out of 100 say that they think it can be fixed, it's still going to fail.

    November 27, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Just Saying

    Rudy NYC, so the simple answer to my question is that yes, you feel that the Democrats in Congress that pushed this through DID know about the likely ramifications that I mentioned? If that's the case,
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    You're kind of slow to catch on to the fact that I've ignored everything you've argued because it is all based upon a false assumption and a false narrative that I never wrote. Your questions are absolutely meaningless, mostly because they have no foundation in reality. You're very good at playing stupid. It reminds me of someone else who is good at that.

    November 27, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. j

    They deceived and lied to Americans to pass it; so, it is wrong from the very beginning."Period".

    November 27, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. John

    Let's face it .....Fox news spends at least 80% of their day lambasting Obamacare, calling it the worst thing that ever happened to the U>S. They cater to two groups....southerners and old/white...........this is now the GOP base...most others just want to see things improve every day, not hear about worst case scenarios......it will do fine, but will obviously need some tweaking.......

    November 27, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Jack

    'FIXABLE' mean lower RATES SHOCK and DEDUCTIBLE SHOCK.
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    The right wing's preferred status quo meant DENIED COVERAGES, DROPPED POLICIES, BANKRUPTCY, and people making millions and billions off of all of it.

    November 27, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. southerngent

    Rudy NYC

    And obamacare is a prime example right, bs

    November 27, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. ColdWarVet

    Here's a thought. What if government left all the people who have health insurance ALONE...and people who don't, offer a government plan very similar to what is on the exchanges now and set a schedule for people fo rpayment. Such as a family making $30K or less a year pays nothing. Then gradually go up with each group paying a larger portion. Maybe make this a bare bones policy fo rmajor medical and preventative matters. It is not the perfect example but it is certainely better than what the DNC and their lawyers created in shoving this down our throats.

    November 27, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Me

    current state of the union

    Man some of you are just dense, why would congress accept healthcare offered to the public? Their plan is much better, just like it had been for decades, but spin it to your liking, and wonder why your uninformed, you only believe what you want, and aren't mature enough to admit it. Are you saying we were better off losing hundreds of thousands of jobs every month for over half the year, how do you dismiss this just because it doesn't fit the opinion you have, small minds are a terrible thing to voice, but you do, all day.
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    Wow talk about a word salad with NO substance or critical thought, just a bunch of crying and blaming others but hey what is new, you are a liberal! LOL

    November 27, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. southerngent

    John

    And obama caters to 1 group low information voters!

    November 27, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -Me

    current state of the union

    Man some of you are just dense, why would congress accept healthcare offered to the public? Their plan is much better, just like it had been for decades, but spin it to your liking, and wonder why your uninformed, you only believe what you want, and aren't mature enough to admit it. Are you saying we were better off losing hundreds of thousands of jobs every month for over half the year, how do you dismiss this just because it doesn't fit the opinion you have, small minds are a terrible thing to voice, but you do, all day.
    _____________
    Wow talk about a word salad with NO substance or critical thought, just a bunch of crying and blaming others but hey what is new, you are a liberal! LOL
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    Considering the fact that you cannot directly address any points anyone makes, but prefer to rely on babbling rumors and innuendo, I would say you fit the definition of a mouth breathing conservative, praying to the great god of Rupert Murdoch for guidance on what to think and say.

    November 27, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Ralph

    "Fixable" implies there is something good that can be salvaged. That's not the case. This law was always about the Comrades secret meeting with Big Pharm to preserve their obscene profits and to protect the members of the AMA; both of these are huge donors for the Democratic-Communist Party.

    November 27, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Francisco Decastro

    This cracks me up. There are all these Polls on Obamacare, all these republicans going crazy on it, and the law isn't even in effect yet. I personally cannot judge l law that is not in effect. The only thing I can judge is that how both sides are acting. Republicans cost the country on the shutdown BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars because of it, and that's not worth it, because many Americans also went without paychecks. Some people people may not live paycheck by paycheck, but those that do, suffered. Obama also, lied about saying that everyone could keep their insurance if they wanted to. That to me was a HUGE mistake by Obama.

    Can you judge the whole law on a bad website? NOPE!... The website not working is horrible, and there is no reason that it should have been like that, but it has nothing to do with how the law will work or not, because you can easily call and sign up by phone without a problem right now.

    So what CAN we say about the law? Nothing! It is not in effect yet!

    All we can do is judge the politicians and the Republicans and Obama both screwed up. Obama lied, and Republicans cost the country and American workers paychecks.

    November 27, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. ODIrony

    I haven't come across one single person who is optimistic about Obamacare. These people aren't all right wingers, they include people who had high hopes for its success. And with more delays in implementation, like the one today on small businesses, what confidence people still have is sinking.

    November 27, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  21. steve

    The only people still defending Obama and Obamacare are low information voters. I work with a few and they are as stupid and stupid does. Ignore the morons and vote all dems out in 2014 and 2016.

    November 27, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    ODIrony

    I haven't come across one single person who is optimistic about Obamacare. These people aren't all right wingers, they include people who had high hopes for its success. And with more delays in implementation, like the one today on small businesses, what confidence people still have is sinking.
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    Judging from your handle, you must be living inside of one of those hamster cages the right wing media has built. Climb down off of that hamster wheel, man. You're spinning your wheels.

    November 27, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Simon

    What made the people who commissioned this poll think that their polled group had the expertise to offer an opinion on a technical fix?

    It's a meaningless poll.

    November 27, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. scarf

    ColdWarVet

    Here's a thought. What if government left all the people who have health insurance ALONE...and people who don't, offer a government plan very similar to what is on the exchanges now and set a schedule for people fo rpayment. Such as a family making $30K or less a year pays nothing. Then gradually go up with each group paying a larger portion. Maybe make this a bare bones policy fo rmajor medical and preventative matters. It is not the perfect example but it is certainely better than what the DNC and their lawyers created in shoving this down our throats.
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    An excellent suggestion. Unfortunately, the Republicans in Congress were opposed to this idea because they felt it undermined the private insurance companies and would eventually lead to a single-payor system run by the Federal Government.

    November 27, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Bob

    Of course it is fixable because that is what Americans do, we don't give up. Well maybe the GOP does.

    November 27, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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