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. billyd

    Help me out with Obama care and people being denied the right to vote. The people being denied to vote have the ability to go online and get subsidized insurance but don't have the ability to get a voter ID card. Riddle me this Batman. Hours on line to register is 100 times easier that getting a voter ID card.

    December 23, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. My3kGT

    ":Argent Defender .

    Obama needs to have a stronger control of the messaging on Obamacare . His opposition needs to be sanctioned and their voice suppressed , so we can hear all about the good things Obamacare is , and does and will do in the future ."

    Wow, ever hear of Freedom of Speech? Guess not, since Obama has no use for the Constitution I guess the sheep following him have no use for it either.

    December 23, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. rh

    Tell me, how many people hang up when someone asks them if they want to take a poll?

    This is the just over 1,000 people who didn't hang up. Do you think the self-selection of "want to voice my grievances" or "really love it" is fair?

    December 23, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. dana

    While I'm not personally a fan of all the law, most Americans still don't understand even the most basic elements of the law. Many still believe in death panels and government take over of doctors. The media, as a whole, has done little to rebut wild claims or accurately explain the law. HC premiums were rising before obamacare. How many of the respondents, who believe the ACA will/has caused higher prices, have done any kind of real analysis of the effects of the ACA vs the old reasons for premium hikes? If all the wild stories, accusations, and fears were true, I wouldn't like the law either; fortunately, reality and scare-mongering are two different things.

    December 23, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. billyd

    just so y'all can determine what polling really means.. 50% of the people have their insurance subsidized by the other 50% of the people. Gee – I wonder why 1/2 the people like it. And for all the brains out there.. Let us assume insurance is $600.00 a month per person and there are only 2 people applying. The person with a low income gets it for $100.00 a month. That must mean the person with money gets it for $1,100.00. This is the largest hidden tax increase on middle America in history. So for those who did the politically correct thing and voted for this man.... I am so glad you got what you wanted.

    December 23, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. John Brown

    Obama and every single Democrat in Congress, both the House and Senate, LIED to us over and over and over, and Defrauded all of the American people to jam this nightmare down our throats. Worse, Obama and all of the Democrats in Congress together couldn't run a lemonade stand let alone 1/6th of the entire U.S. economy. We've never seen anything like this in all of our lives. They couldn't even get a simple website up and running with 4 years, billions of dollars, and all the resources of the Federal Government. They could have asked Amazon to help and it would have been done in less than a year at 1/20th the cost, and had all the bells and Whistles, but then Obama and the Democrats hate free Enterprise. They want the Government to run everything, BADLY. Folks, they are destroying our healthcare system. We are all going to pay until our eyes bleed for an incompetent, negligent, soul sucking healthcare system that doesn't work. All so Obama and the Democrats can buy some more votes by giving away free stuff that the every working American will have to pay for. Remember folks that the Dem leader of the Senate doesn't even have his staff on Obamacare. He is letting them keep their Gold Plated Taxpayer paid insurance while he spits on the rest of us.

    December 23, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Mike

    I live in Indiana 30 miles from downtown Cincinnati where I have worked all my life & all my doctors are in Cincinnati along with many great hospitals & specialists. Now that I have to buy my insurance from the market place I am being told I cannot go to any doctors outside of Indiana. After 20 years of going to the same doctor I have to find a new one in Indiana.

    December 23, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Olu

    So I m a provider in a healthcare I just tired of all the bs, so there r two problems with the obamacare care law if anyone really wants to be honest so first problem is insurance companies those are your real death panels they are for profit meaning if they make money by not paying for your healthcare and you receive an early n trust me it does happen and you have complications so best. They are here to make Money not worry about your healthcare, second problem problem if I told Reagan proposed a plan that forced these same insurance companies not to deny you coverage because you have cancer and also force them to pay for expensive detective blood work which they would rather you pay out of pocket then of course every registered republican would say finally a real solution, so the your realize that the problem is not obamacare it's Obama, the 60 million people who voted for Romney and didn't vote for him will never be convinced that the law works even if you saves their lives which is ok you don't have to like a president just don't fake a dislike for a law which most of the same haters refuse to be educated about for a dislike of a president hence attach his name to a law so you fan the flames. To wrap it up I propose we pass romneycare nationally so that it can be more appeasing to people and nationally we all have coverage and then everybody wins

    December 23, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. harleydavidson

    Generally speaking, governments do not help people...instead, they dictate, control, and intimidate. Think cops, city halls, property tax collectors, TSA, IRS, etc. The Obamacare is leading to a single payor system...it is bound to happen. And I do not feel good about more government control.

    December 23, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. Easygoing7

    Si in in knows better than to make this a Disqus forum, too many people would voice their negative opinion about this terrible insurance plan. Only allow to see the worst docs at the worst hospitals.

    December 23, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  11. bombastus

    Five to ten years from now, people will look back and ask what all the moaning and groaning was about. Obamacare is the law and we should give it a try. Those parts that don't work over time should be fixed by Congress….that is, if Congress functioned like it is suppose to.

    Here are 2 possible reasons why this has all been such a headache outside of the web problems.

    1. American ego. Other countries have figured out how to do this but for some reason we Americans have to reinvent the wheel. France has the highest rated health care system in the world, it's cheaper than ours, and it is not socialized as in Britain. Why don't we just do what they do?

    2. A single payer/voucher system would work but Obama knew he could never sell this (socialized medicine!). So they created this complex composite beast that no one fully understands. My guess is that Obamacare is a stop gap on the way to a single payer system….about 10-15 years from now.

    December 23, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Daniel Montes

    I have free healthcare, subsidized electricity from the oil profits, no property taxes, summer year round, clean beach sand, blue Pacific Ocean waters... I've moved all my assets to Puerto Escondido Oaxaca Mexico. CYA!

    December 23, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Sonny

    The Democrats lied to America repeatedly in order to gain support for a faulty product. Its like being sold a car only to get it home and find out there are all kinds of problems with it. It doesnt get the gas mileage the salesman said it would. Half the features dont work and when the first bill comes in the mail, its 3 times the amount you were quoted. That is called a scam.

    December 23, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. NameFrank Deery

    Total mess, which will only get worse once the Employer Mandate portion kicks in in
    2014. I am almost convinced this Leftist lAdministration wanted these results, just to
    Destroy the current plans and offer this as a solution. Socialized medicine will not work here!

    Republicans warned America about this, even risking their political necks in the recent
    shut-down, but they were right! Haste makes waste, and A Bad Website in this world was
    proof the authors and muses of this mess
    Lacked the expertise to follow through. The rest of US know that. They blew it, and Democrats will pay in 2014!!! Lies, Spin, and
    absentee President. Aloha Reid!

    December 23, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Abuela Flaca

    How can anyone in this administration from the President on down, look at us with a straight face and tell us that our premiums go down and quality of care goes up. If premiums go down it is because the deductibles and co-pays have doubled and tripled. A hospital stay, or series of needed tests can bankrupt you with a large deductible for each occurrence. The only good item in the whole ACA is that pre-existing conditions are now covered – and this could have been done with one simple piece of legislation instead of this phone book size bill that no one read before signing on. Any lawmaker in Congress who voted for the passage of this bill should be voted out.

    December 23, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. airjackie

    Paul got a Christmas check for this article as day one all the Republican/Tea Party lawmakers and their Conservative smart supporters all rushed to sign up by telling other Americans not to sign up. Rep. Ryan felt if enough people believed the lie it would help reduce the population. Focus on racism and hate of the President and people who believe will follow and with luck get sick with no insurance. This law is no difference then paying into Social Security or other Federal programs but with ignorant people who believe what their told and don't have enough since to think for themselves. Things were not working well as some Americans realized the lawmakers were lying but the Press started paying people for horror stories and it help stop the people from signing up. The website and phone number are so hard to get it's like a free ticket to a Lady GaGa concert or Barbara Streisand.

    December 23, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. LauriM

    "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"."

    See how people don't understand this and are complaining for no reason? The exchanges are ONLY for the people who need private insurance because they don't get it through an employer. Freelancers, part-timers, unemployed people, etc.. MOST PEOPLE GET HEALTH INSURANCE FROM THEIR EMPLOYER and won't be signing up on the exchanges.

    December 23, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Bridget82

    The far right; tea partiers, Fox News, Insurance Companies, etc aren't the only ACA bashers.(And it's not "Obamacare"...This was legislation proposed as far back as the Clinton years by the Democratic Party.) CNN and Wolf Blitzer are also doing their darndest to sink the program.(Every day they manage to post something negative about the President. We now have bipartisan reporting news agencies!) The ACA needs overhauling, but the sad truth is that it will be kicked to death by our government and their special interest groups.Until we have changes on lobbying laws, we can continue to look forward to more "do nothing" bipartisan Congresses.Take a really good look at who you vote for in the next Congressional Election and develop a long memory, because the politicians think American's don't have one and that we-the public- are stupid, while they continue to do insider trading deals.

    December 23, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. LauriM

    "A hospital stay, or series of needed tests can bankrupt you with a large deductible for each occurrence. "

    You don't understand how deductibles work. A deductible is the TOTAL amount you would pay out of pocket in a year. A hospital stay would eat even a large deductible up quickly and then the insurance would pay at least 80% of any charges after that. My insurance pays 100% after my deductible. Thanks to the ACA, there's no lifetime limits anymore so if you get a major illness you can't be told "sorry, you've run out of benefits so pay everything yourself or go home and die".

    December 23, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. chris

    I tink its great. I will have to pay 120 more a month. But my plan will actually do stuff instead of just give me the right to be scooped up and patched up. As far as the costs, well, health care costs money. So if you dont wanna go as far as the British and tax people highly so that everything is free, then it's gotta come from somewhere. As far as te other shakeups, – yes they're a big old pain – but its a national system swapping from one operational standard to another so that would always happen. If you look at the thing as a whole; low cost national healthcare of some kind to cover all Americans or not, I think having it finally brings America up to grade with the modern world and helps it's people a lot.

    December 23, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  21. m123

    Yes, you must spend hours, or multiple days, trying to make sure you are actually issued a policy and that does not become absolute until you get your insurance card.
    Compared to the libs screaming about having to get a free state ID that should only take a few minutes except for the incompetence of govt unions.
    Wow, what hypocrites Obama and his brain dead drones are.

    December 23, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Jimmy

    Hey Anonymouus you said
    "more than half of this country, who want the ACA"
    Your're right!
    Half the people want the other half to pay for it!

    December 23, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. eddhur

    just wait till you get sick then get the ins can't turn you down great set up

    December 23, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Melissa

    The problem I have with the law is that it doesn't really help one bit. The prices are all the same as they were BEFORE the law went in to effect in my state. Which means that the insurance companies created upped the cost so they could give you a so called discount that really isn't. Not only that but only roughly 30% of my state qualifies which means only the poorest in the state will qualify for discounts anyway. We need universal health care like the rest of the first world, not this kiss b ut t stuff to the thieving corporations.

    December 23, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. joedog

    I am all for ensuring that those without means to have health care do receive it; but who did the algebra on the following:

    Consider these examples:

    A 60-year-old living in Polk County, in northwestern Wisconsin, and earning $50,000 a year, for example, would have to spend more than 19 percent of his income, or $9,801 annually, to buy one of the cheapest plans available there. A person earning $45,000 would qualify for subsidies and would pay about 5 percent of his income, or $2,228, for an inexpensive plan.

    In Oklahoma City, a 60-year-old earning $50,000 could buy one of the cheapest plans for about 6.6 percent of his income, or about $3,279 a year with no subsidy. If he earned $45,000, with the benefit of a subsidy, he would spend about $2,425.

    Christian Johnsen, a bakery owner who lives with his wife and two children in Big Sky, Mont., and has an income of about $88,000, will probably be eligible for subsidies next year. As a result, the family could buy a midlevel insurance plan for about $697 a month. But if the bakery does better next year, the family could be asked to pay a lot more. Without any subsidy, the same plan would cost $822.

    December 23, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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