December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 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. Larry in Houston

    Guess the whole bottom line is this : after this thing gets going, and they end up working out the bugs . . . .The Doctors will end up making a 6 figure salary, instead of the salary they are currently making....which is 6 / 7 / 8 / figure incomes. In other words, after Obama gets it – to the point where every man / woman / & child is covered – by that time, we will have a huge influx of Doctors that will be coming IN, from other countries, and will be willing to work for 5 figure incomes.....If that happens, the ones that are currently making 7 & 8 & 9 figure incomes, will have to take "a cut in pay" like the rest of us have been doing in this country, for the last 25 yrs

    December 23, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. JERRY HOWE

    As a 59 year old who has been paying out of pocket for my health insurance premiums for the past 30 years, I must tell you that Barack Obama;s health care reform package is like a blessing from god. This product that I have been paying for all of these years will finally be available from a number of insurers on an open market. Although Blue Shield and Blue Cross will claim that they cannot not do business effectively anymore, they will learn how to adapt and prosper. It was mainly the greed of these insurers that brought about this reform. They cooked their own goose.

    December 23, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Mark B

    The data says the majority of Americans don't like it. We must be stupid, surely the president, Harry Reid and Madame Pelosi know what is best for us. Yeah, Right!

    December 23, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Name MH

    I'm a happy republican living in Florida enjoying the winter weather today of 82 degrees and a sunny sky. But that's not why I'm happy. The reason is I have completed my purchase of my healthcare. Thank you Mr. President. Despite republican opposition at every turn, including from the soon to be ex-governor Scott of Florida, this LAW will be a success. I only wish I could find a poll indicating the participates knowledge of various aspects of the ACA. From my own personal experience regarding the ACA, the loudest detractors are the least educated about it as well as the least educated in general- both formal and informal.

    December 23, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. raul c.

    I got mine and it's great. Wait until the dust settles and you should be OK. However, you whiners out there quit whining since back in the 1950's we had no medical ins nor dental. We Americans are crybabies..

    December 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. newshound

    Let's face it, the real reason for this law is so that the lowest bottom feeders can have free health care. 0bama is laughing because the middle class is paying for it, and to him, this is "justice" for past transgressions.

    December 23, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Alex Moore

    I have been a Democrat all my life. I really hate to vote for Republicans next election, but I have to now. Sorry, democrats did not leave me any choice.

    December 23, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Greg O

    My premium Doubled, Your not going to get past the anger that inflicts upon a person. The President Lied about the ACA, Another point that sticks in every Americans throat. LIED, My experience with Lies is that where there is one there are usually many more we just haven't found yet. The ACA is poisoned. The first GOP president that comes along is going to destroy it. Hopefully a better more thought out plan will follow.

    December 23, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Rob

    When can the Government take over what we drive. I am tired of people having nicer cars than what I drive. I think it would be great if we all had the same type of cars.

    December 23, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Tim

    My health insurance now cost more and covers less. My girlfriends health insurance also cost more. In plain truth, Obama should be jailed for defrauding millions of Americans. He willfully lied to us just to get his Obamacare passed – that is a criminal act. Why isn't he held legally accountable? We both work and earn about $50k annually.

    December 23, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Obamacare is the tyrant’s Trojan Horse “gift” to America, out of which will drop the slave masters.

    Obamacare is the intended, categorical ultimate of the liberal/socialist “welfare of humanity” mindset.

    “The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.” …. Albert Camus

    It’s the alibi to destroy liberty."
    ===

    No doubt you said this as an aside while taking a short break from warning humanity that the ACA is causing the sky to fall and that we must repeal it in order to save humanity.

    It's like conservatives have no ability to sense irony..

    December 23, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Molsoar

    To show expensive medical care is I can illustrate very quickly. I had a cyst on my stomach. I had it removed. A 30 minute surgery under local anesthesia. Hospital charge: $21,000, Doctor: $2,500 Anesthetist: $800. Now the anesthetist did nothing at all during surgery. Does anyone call that affordable? If I did not have insurance I could not have paid that bill off in less than 10 years.

    December 23, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. Alan

    These polls need to be a 2-part question; (1.) Do you think the ACA is a good plan? and (2.) Are you a regular listener of Fox News. The answers to these two questions would reveal a lot.

    December 23, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. holly

    Another negative survey!! Great job, CNN!!

    December 23, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Martha in CF

    Polls are stupid....Let the ACA work. I'm sure most Americans will be pleased in due time. I saved big time on my premium with my new policy....

    December 23, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. JERRY HOWE

    I might also add that knowing that I can always get insurance and not be denied or dropped is a major source of relief.
    Health care reform is one of the most civil acts by the U.S. that I can remember in my life since civil rights in the 1960's.

    It also seems to be facing the same type of rejection and opposition. We are a hard headed group of people that do not like change, even if it is in our favor in the long term.

    Thank the GOP for that type of thinking.

    December 23, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. Richard1725

    In as much as we were conned with: If you like your health insurance you can keep it, period!…If you like your doctor you can keep him/her, period!…and Your new health care will be better, cheaper..I think we should call Obamacare what it really should be called: OBAMACON!

    December 23, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. laodegan

    So opinion of the law hasn't changed in years. Almost 300 national polls have been taken since the law was passed. All but 2 showed a majority opposition to the law. The fact that some believe the law "isn't liberal enough" doesn't change the fact that the law is vastly unpopular.

    In practice, the law has already shown itself to be untenable. The individual mandate isn't working. The vast majority of uninsured have already made the decision to accept the penalty or were unable to enroll in time due to major incompetence by this administration. The law is a failure whether it is repealed or not..

    There are only two benefits of this law that resonate with the majority – the pre-existing condition clause and the "under 26" benefit. But the lies to get this law passed, the real individual costs, and the net loss of coverage for Americans make the current law unacceptable. Cut the losses and start over. Repeal it and rework the law in a bi-partisan manner instead of the party line passage we had. Then we can get real benefits like cross-state competition and tort reform. Actually, repealing the ACA and doing nothing would be better than this disaster.

    December 23, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Greg O

    My premium Doubled, Your not going to get past the anger that inflicts upon a person. The President told a lie about the ACA, Thats another point that sticks in every Americans throat.

    December 23, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. destroyerofeconomies

    Theres a sucker born every minute....and they always vote liberal

    December 23, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Gail

    I am a 62 year old lady, not old enough for medicare, don't qualify for Medicaid. My insurance was costing $942.00, in Jan. it is going to 1142.51 I applied for the ACA and thank God, cost is $262.00 a month. Better policy with Conventry, ded. and out of pocket is $5000.00, before with United Health ded and out of pocket total a year was $8400.00. Very thankful.

    December 23, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Vusi

    Healthcare too liberal? Didn't realize getting tested for cervical cancer or ovarian cancer was liberal. Didn't realize that stitches were liberal or statins were liberal.

    December 23, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    The problem with this law is there is no personal responsibility required, and an easier way for competitive pricing is to sell across stat lines, and to reform lawsuits to a loser pay, you sue me and lose, you pay the fees.
    Thoughts?

    December 23, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Chaz

    Obamacare makes it harder for people to buy insurance from those companies who always deny claims. These companies charge a bit less for a reason...they don't pay out legitimate claims. Obamacare is trying to stop you from throwing your money away.

    December 23, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  25. Stefan from San Diego

    Larry in Houston:
    Doctors need, and i repeat, need to make 6 figure salaries, based on market incentives and rewards.
    The "rest of us" do not go through 9 years of intense and expensive schooling to be confronted by a career of malpractice threats and immense bureaucratic red tape. Surgeons operate under intense pressure everyday and are obligated to perform, a word that this administration seems to have no concept of. The day that the financial incentive to become a surgeon is similar to that of a firefighter or teacher is the day our healthcare will be in the gutter.

    December 23, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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