December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Poll: Health care law support drops to all-time low

Washington (CNN) – Support for the country's new health care law has dropped to a record low, according to a new national poll.

And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that most Americans predict that the Affordable Care Act will actually result in higher prices for their own medical care.

CNN/ORC International survey full results

Only 35% of those questioned in the poll say they support the health care law, a 5-point drop in less than a month. Sixty-two percent say they oppose the law, up four points from November.

Nearly all of the newfound opposition is coming from women.

"Opposition to Obamacare rose six points among women, from 54% in November to 60% now, while opinion of the new law remained virtually unchanged among men," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "That's bad news for an administration that is reaching out to moms across the country in an effort to make Obamacare a success."

According to the survey, 43% say they oppose the health care law because it is too liberal, with 15% saying they give the measure a thumbs down because it is not liberal enough. That means half the public either favors Obamacare, or opposes it because it's not liberal enough, down four points from last month.

Sixty-three percent say they believe the new law will increase the amount of money they personally pay for medical care, which may not be a good sign for a law known as the "Affordable Care Act."

The survey also indicates that 42% say they will be personally worse off under Obamacare, with 16% saying the law will help them, and four in 10 saying it will have no effect on them.

Just over six in 10 say they believe they will be able to receive care from the same doctors that they now use, with 35% saying they will not be able to see the same doctors.

The Affordable Care Act, which is the signature domestic achievement for President Barack Obama, was passed along party lines in 2010, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Since that passage, Republicans have fought to either repeal, defund, or severely restrict the law. A push by congressional conservatives to defund the law was the catalyst for October's 16-day long partial federal government shutdown, the first in nearly two decades.

The roll out of the law was extremely flawed, from the rocky startup of HealthCare.gov in October to the controversy over millions of Americans being told they would lose their current insurance plans because they didn't meet standards mandated by the new health care law.

Despite all the problems, the President said things are starting to improve, adding that more than 500,000 Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act through HealthCare.gov during the first three weeks of December.

"So all told, millions of Americans, despite problems with the website, are now poised to be covered by quality affordable health care," he said at a news conference.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International December 16-19, with 1,035 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

soundoff (1,206 Responses)
  1. Walter

    There is no doubt that the rollout has been a debacle. It will get even worse once those who signed up for bronze plans (and data is showing that is the majority of non-Medicaid enrollers) start getting the bill for their deductibles.

    December 23, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  2. Annie Onimous

    This is this is the largest single transfer of wealth swindle this national has ever seen and it should be criminal.

    The only people this "helps" are those who will be getting medicaid or who have previous health conditions. Considering the $600 MILLION plus development of the web site alone devoured, they could have bought insurance for all of those people on the open market without ruining the system we had. Although it wasn't perfect, it did work for most citizens.

    The high deductibles (say, on average, $6,000) you have to pay out of pocket BEFORE your insurance kicks in is going directly to pay the costs for the health care of someone else. Robbery in its purest form, but on a massive scale and at the behest of our "leaders."

    This nation needs to wake up, and soon.

    December 23, 2013 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  3. Ty

    I'll take "Things the American people have been saying for years" for $600, Alex.

    December 23, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  4. cody

    LMAO 500,000 people are signed up. That is terrible!!!!!

    December 23, 2013 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  5. Kitty de Melker

    My son finally has affordable health care. Thank you president Obama, As a health care professional I am very much aware of the need for this coverage.. The pursuit of happiness is not possible without.

    December 23, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  6. Jerry White

    There is nothing affordable about Obamacare. A Bronze Plan would cost my wife $357 a month for a $6k deductible policy. In other words, we would have to pay out $10k a year before the insurance policy would pay its first $1.00. Just the premium alone is 17% of our income (I am retired on Social Security), and the premiums plus the deductible would be almost 50% of our income. We live in Texas which did not expand Medicaid; therefore, we make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for a subsidy (which is really nothing more than a tax break for those who make enough to pay taxes).

    December 23, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  7. Tiffany

    Only 500,000 have signed up? This means everyone has quality care? Hogwash, the reimbursement rates for Dr's is getting lower and lower. This will result in less Doctors down the road and more retiring early because of all of the red tape. Obama definitely made the healthcare provided in this country more socialistic but beyond that pay more for less the new Obamerican way. Sad but true

    December 23, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  8. oldtimemoonshine

    Just got back to work, the state said I could have mainecare for a 5 month transition period. Then yesterday they cancelled our maine care. obombus care will cost us enough where we might just be able to transition back to maine care. Subdidies are a joke

    December 23, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  9. billy

    I know my costs are not going up. When I need a doctor I go to the emergency room. I may get a bill but I am never paying it. Why should I.

    December 23, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  10. Ray

    Obamacare is a FAILURE, just like its name sake. Nov 2014 will end it completely

    December 23, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  11. Dubhly

    No one really knows the reality of what this will be like until its actually in place and working for awhile. Change induces fear and that is what you are seeing right now, fear of change.
    Regardless of it working, people will be scared of it, some will be for the rest of their lives. The same thing happened with social security when it was put in place, and now people wonder what they would do without it.

    December 23, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  12. Roger

    Yes there was a time when most of America was pro slavery too...people ain't too bright.

    December 23, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  13. Insane1

    Fact = I have insurance from my employer, but two companies in a matter of 6 months pulled out of our state. We have changed to the only one left here to write policies. Deductables went up, co-pays went up, and the cost went up to the employee. To buy on my own is higher. Now I cannot afford to have my wife on the policy due to it costing $450 per month....that is a house payment to some people! I don't have that much to spare. They cover pre-existing conditions with one catch, you have to be covered for one year before coverage pays for the condition. Another hidden lie from Obama. I search the web site for coverage for her to find I am no better off at all. There is no help for us because we fall into the middle grey area with no help from the government. Now I will be fined for not being able to afford what I used to be able to have because of this stupid law. I agree we needed some reform to the way things were, but not shoving an ill thought out bunch of junk down our throats like this mess they say is affordable. The way it is written you might want to study closely because there are many ways we will loose and many loop holes for insurance companies to make millions more at our expense. The ones that now rejoice because they have coverage will cry later when reality sets in and they see what they actually have. Only the few that now have Medicaid coverage when they did not before may benefit, but that is sure to change as well when the costs increase and money has to come from our pockets. Maybe it worked for some of you people, but for my family it has taken a terrible bite on us and will cause us to pay fines for not being rich or loose what we have worked hard to get.
    Opinion = in a matter of 4 years I see that we all will pay more taxes to cover Medicaid to those that are able to get it. I also see those that have insurance paying way more than they can possibly use from the policy and paying such high deductables and co-pays that it will be almost useless. But you have to buy it thanks to Obama. You have to go broke.

    December 23, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  14. KieranH

    I don't like twinkies.....they are atill around after an effort to remove them.....

    December 23, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  15. humtake

    CNN should poll to find out how many peoples' insurance has ALREADY gone up. I know a few family members who are paying more now, already. So the numbers may look like people may think they are going to pay for, but I wonder if the increase in numbers is because of the people who are already paying more. Would be worth knowing, because that should shape how the law works moving forward.

    December 23, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  16. Deist

    This poll is silly. Certainly there are some who are frustrated about the new law, but just as many are frustrated because it is not a single -payer system. Others are simply bothered by any "change" in their lives and still others, who, if you offered them gift of a $20 bill, would insist upon tens. The Republican obstructionists and the Faux Noise Lie Machine has done a wonderful job of misinforming the public. In reality, even with the difficulty in setting up the web site (and even the most basic web sites have issues) this change is much better than the system it is replacing which allowed greedy Insurance companies to "rule out" coverage for "pre-existing conditions" at their own financial whim, without real medical basis.

    December 23, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  17. Mike M

    People seem to have forgotten that we were told early and often during the debate over whether to adopt the Affordable Care Act that our continued embrace of the private insurance model would result in higher premuims. The point was made repeatedly that the goal of ACA was to expand coverage, not to lower costs. The only way to lower costs – regardless of how many people are covered, is to cut coverage or to change to single-payer system where 15% of the cost is eliminated.

    December 23, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  18. oreo

    Obama's war on women.

    December 23, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    GOP garbage. ACA is a Law. Hospitals can not overcharge, nor insurances can loot, deny pre-existing, etc, nor doctors go wild looting Medicare.

    December 23, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  20. Matt

    I didn't need a 3,000 page law to fix only 3 problems with the industry! All I asked for is affordable care, an end to the pre-exisitng condition clause, and no lifetime caps. Instead, my costs went up and I cannot even get on the website to apply for the measly tax credit. I've wasted so much time on this that I finally just enrolled directly with an insurance company so that I can have coverage come New Year's day. All politicians are epic failures and this country is doomed the way Ancient Rome was.

    December 23, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  21. TruthIsHardToFindToday

    Let's see, 15% who oppose do so because it is liberal enough (which Republicans will count on their side in the numbers without stating the truth). Among the rest, most oppose because they believe lies against the bill or because they oppose anything so called "liberals" or Obama does. We are a messed up country doomed if we continue this way. And then read "GOP obstruction of Obamacare is closing hospitals." Try to tell me the GOP cares about people with a straight face.

    December 23, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  22. derekio

    Lets say for giggles that he's right. And millions have signed up. he does realize that there are 300 mil in this country right? "it's just bad math".

    December 23, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  23. BD70

    Well I like it. Of course I don't run to the dr for every little hang nail and ache or pain either.

    December 23, 2013 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  24. Charly (Florida)

    Those polls are extremely biased. The author should note that most people with health care insurance never supported the Obamacare. There is no surprise there. Most republicans do not support the Obamacare (plan too liberal vs. conservative). No surprise there either. So what are we learning from these polls? Absolutely nothing. The Obamacare only matters to people with no insurance because they can't afford one or they are not elegible because of preexisting conditions.

    December 23, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  25. guitar

    Universal Health Care is the answer to all the problems. Every other industrialized nation in the world has it and it works great, despite the propaganda spewed out by the U.S. insurance companies that are controlling this debate in Washington. And it would simplify and cost reduce every bit of the system, while providing care for everyone..

    December 23, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
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