December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 months 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. daviddavid

    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.

    December 23, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. HenryNewton32

    I am for Obamacare. People are always afraid of change initially, until they find its for the best.
    As for the naysayers, "Bring it On".

    December 23, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Garrett from Texas

    "dubw

    Obviously, those polled haven't investigated or got on the Affordable Care Act ... their loss. A good friend, who is anti-Obama is going to save $600 a month."

    --

    Whereas I am seeing an increase in my insurance of 38% plus an increase in my deductible of $1000 per family member.

    Clearly some people win, but a lot of people are also losing.

    December 23, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. truth hurts but reality bites

    dubw
    Obviously, those polled haven't investigated or got on the Affordable Care Act ... their loss. A good friend, who is anti-Obama is going to save $600 a month.
    --

    Interesting. And just how do they save $600 a month. You provide no details. Did they go on Medicaid, taxpayer paid for healthcare?

    December 23, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Rise

    Kinda of like:
    The Ministry of Justice
    Peace is War
    Long Live 1984!

    December 23, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. m123

    This would have been a wonderful idea if it actually accomplished what it set out to do. But govt is totally incapable of implementing any program effectively.
    Better they had just tried to regulate insurance companies and make them provide the reforms Americans wanted, like pre-existing conditions, elimination of lifetime caps.
    Expanding kids health care to 26, free birth control and covering benefits many will never use was never high on my list.

    December 23, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. DJ

    When the premise of the whole plan was based on lies is it now a surprise there would be so little support for it ? Does Obama really think the American people are really that stupid ?

    December 23, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Jack

    Yes, it will to begin with, but remember almost all change does and part the ACA is part the consevatives plan. The real problem here; in my opinion is that and please remember I said my opinion; is that the old system was spinning into disaster. This is new, there will be bumps and some big ones, but the bigger problem is that you had a small group in the House and Senate that would not help make adjustments in the law, like every other Congress has since the 50's

    December 23, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. obawendon

    I enrolled in my states version of (Un)Affordable Care Act by THEIR deadline and still will not be insured for January 1st. Not only that but my monthly premium is 1/2 of what I take home in a month, plus the highest deductible of my lifetime. I don't see how our President can't see that his well intentioned plan turned into a gigantic nightmare for the middle class. Family deductibles in my state can be as high as $25,000, on TOP of the monthly premium. How is that affordable? I was all for this program. I believed it would be a good thing for our country. Now I can't afford my prescriptions let alone visits to the doctors! I have been affected by the economy and am making half of what I use to make each month. I just don't understand why our politicians underestimated the greed of the insurance companies. I guess being filthy rich makes you blind to the real life of the 99% of Americans. Sad.

    December 23, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Jay

    If support is at 35%, that means 35% of those polled still don't know the truth about it.

    December 23, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. yohannes

    Health care dot gov are playing......I started to sign up two months ago and I still am not finilizeed the process due yo the complex process of verification and i hope I am going to be penalized.I dont know who will be responsible for this.

    December 23, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Tim

    I find it incredulous the people commenting here that are somehow trying to say that this failure is nothing more than "Republican propaganda". First of all if you think that CNN is some sort of Republican think tank, you have less common sense than our "brilliant" government officials. Further how can you watch something failing before your eyes and sit and make excuses because you really wanted it to work. Those of you supporting Obamacrap whilst you watch it screwing over American citizens are in a state of complete delusion.

    December 23, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Darwin

    It is actually the CONSERVATIVES who have caused all this trouble because they have blocked all attempts in the US to go to the MEDICARE FOR ALL system. This is what they use in CANADA: a univeral coverage, general taxation supported, single payer system. The law to create this was only 7 PAGES LONG (as opposed to 2500 pages for Obamacare)
    *
    The Canadian system is NOT socialized medicine because all the GPs, and pediatricians are in PRIVATE PRACTICE running their own small businesses. The cost of the system is controlled by the fact that each hospital has to justify the cost of its procedures and supplies, in contrast with the US where hospitals commonly mark these up 1,000% and even 10,000% over their cost. Furthermore, almost all specialists are EMPLOYEES of non-profit hospitals and clinics so there is no "overtreat the patient to help pay for the doctor's yacht" abuse like in the US.
    *
    And don't give me any right-wing hate radio lies that Canadians are dying like flies up there because they have to wait years in waiting lists to get treatments, because
    1) CANADIANS LIVE 3 YEARS LONGER THAN AMERICANS
    2) American maternal mortality is 75% higher than Canadian
    3) American infant mortality is 25% higher
    Almost every index of national health is better in Canada than in the US!

    December 23, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Rememberwhatbushdid

    President Obama did say, on numerous occasions, that initially rates would have to go up because of the improved coverages mandated by the new law. The insurance companies tried, and are still trying every dirty trick they can think of to derail Obamacare because it provides better coverage and limits their "profits" on sick people to 20% of all premiums paid. The roll-out issues were also caused by the insurance companies, on purpose, trying to creating all the chaos and panic for their own customers. The insurance companies could VERY SIMPLY have just added the improved coverages to all plans, rather than scrapping all plans and making everyone have to start over and call or try to get on a website all at once. STOP AND THINK BEFORE YOU CRITICIZE. Millions more will soon be in the pool, thereby lowering what the premiums would have been otherwise. Up to now this nation has not even had a healthcare system that fits the definition of insurance. "Spread the risk, (potential claims), and the cost, (premiums), among the widest pool possible." Up to now we have permitted each insurance company to have it's own much, much smaller pool. It's common economic sense. And because of the preventive care mandate for all plans 500 American lives a week are already being saved. And for every dollar spent on preventive care now, our nation saves 4 dollars down the road! Ask yourself who makes money when people don't have preventive care and get really sick and need expensive surgeries and hospital stays? The media blitz by the vested interests in our for profit system are out to turn Americans against a great law that will save lives and save you money and only leave them with a large profit rather than their unethical windfall profits on our country's sick people. The casino that was our healthcare system needed to be made fair and equitable, and into a "for care" system. President Obama is a courageous and well-intentioned leader who deserves the support of the American people on this issue. And the American people need to stand-up against the sophistry onslaught by the unethical healthcare system that has ripped us off and left millions unable to access care, and the millions that lost their homes or went bankrupt because of it.

    December 23, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. bobjones

    I personally know a half dozen people kicked out of their health care plans and now facing huge increases through the state exchanges. My company is not sure what it is going to do but is leaning at dropping my coverage as well as ObamaCare more than triples their cost. This is an utter disaster for my family!!!!!

    December 23, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Tom

    When will people realize that the government fundamentally messes up everything it touches? Not saying there isn't occasionally good intentions. But the government is an unregulated bureaucracy that's 100% supported by your tax dollars. Any time the government gets involved, thousands more bureaucrats are hired, more wages and pensions that your tax dollars have to pay. Those bureaucrats in turn develop 1000's of rules and standards which which the healthcare industry must comply. To ensure compliance, the industry must hire 1000's of lawyers and accountants to review the rules and develop and roll out new standards of care. On top of this, the ACA by design is intended to shift costs away from those who "can't afford" healthcare and dump them onto those who can. Funny thing about "can't afford" - look closely at the interviews with these "hardship" cases and you'll often see expensive tattoos, fancy hair styles, big screen TV's (probably with cable service), smartphones, stylish clothes, etc. They can afford these "necessities" but healthcare? Eh, not so much.

    December 23, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. frank

    because of course 1035 people speak for 300 million. polls are so stupid

    December 23, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. pk

    I, Like many others, had a great plan and had it cancelled due to the ACA's asinine criteria. Now, I have a "choice" to either enroll in Medicaid or pay triple the premium of my former policy. Talk about taking it up the butt.....

    December 23, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Casey Burns

    Perhaps there is a rise in support for a single payer system.

    But no – I think this poll simply indicates the power of FOX and television in brainwashing people.

    Nobody asked me. I am all for it despite the uneasy rollout.

    Assuming everything works my wife and I are seeing a huge cost reduction in our health insurance costs. Something like $9000 yearly. We already saved $2300 in costs on my colonoscopy (it cost nothing). Our income is almost to the limit where we would not get a subsidy so to be on the safe side we'll take that as a tax credit on our 2014 taxes (we are both self employed). It means we will be paying a higher premium every month but that tax credit will be there when we need it – unless we have a very good year with our businesses in which case we probably won't.

    December 23, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. Polar Bear

    The only people still for it are ones that haven't figured out that it won't be another free government hand-out for them. Most sane people knew this was doomed from the start. What has the government ever run that is efficient and works well for the American people. The government should stick to what the Constitution originally intended. The framers knew they would make a mess of that so they limited the scope. We have gone way outside what was intended.

    December 23, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. Marc

    If everybody in this country would eat right, get some exercise a few times a week, get a decent night's sleep and not smoke cigarettes, our healthcare problems would largely be solved. There is really no other way.

    December 23, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. W.G.

    A lot of Americans are rather unintelligent when it comes to considering where they get there
    News . Some people still regard FOX news as legitimate . Some people believe guns don´t kill people .
    While some believe that republicans actually care about people . The health care law is needed in a country
    where healthcare is worst than most 3rd. world countries

    December 23, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Peg

    most people i know are saving a ton with this law. figures cnn would put a purely opinion piece on the front page.

    December 23, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Dan Molden

    Fix health care and affordable care are two entirety different things . Fixing healthcare is to investigate the over charging of medication and medical supply and examining if big insurance companies are more focused on profits than providing ! Affordable health care was pushed through by a person who was raised a communist and studied Marxism. Plain and simple ...America... You wanted change... Your getting it .. so I seen this bumper sticker once.. it said.. get in, sit down, and shut up !

    December 23, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Brian

    Sorry, Paul. No matter how many BS articles you type up, you aren't going to repeal the Affordable Care Act. You and your ilk have lost. The only problem is that you're not intelligent enough to know this. Have fun banging your head against the wall.

    December 23, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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