December 23rd, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 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. simplyput

    Just heard the president finally put his money where is mouth is and signed up; now I KNOW not to buy it.

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

    Just look at the people complaining and you can see that the average person hasn't a clue how insurance works in general, hasn't have a clue how the ACA works and definitely hasn't a clue how their current insurance works or they could tell why the ACA is better. Before the ACA, people just signed up for the cheapest thing and didn't really examine what it paid for. Luckily for them, they didn't have a major problem so their crap insurance was never tested. Sure, there will be a few people with crap insurance who will have to get decent insurance that costs more but for the vast majority of people, the ACA is a good thing for them.

    December 23, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. LauriM

    "lajmh
    I know some who refuse to go without together because there is zero way to determine what is covered and what isn't. I will not buy into this fiasco."

    Because they are too lazy to look at the policy before they buy it? Maybe contact the insurance company and ask? Can you feed yourself?

    December 23, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Dave

    The real problem is spending hours and literally hours waiting on the queue to talk to a helpline that when a person finally comes on the phone is no help. They will say the problem is fixed but when trying to log in again, the problem is not fixed, and still cant log in. After many many attempts to sign up the system still does not know identity or password and so can not progress to actually choosing a plan. Even after sending in identity documentation several times!

    December 23, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. ex-sarge

    If you believe there is not one positive story to be told about the Affordable Care Act, then you have been reading the reports from every major news outlet. There are positive stories. They are not being told to gin up the hate against the
    ACA so it will be a tool that lazy politicans can use in 2014 & 2016. I'm not crazy about the ACA, but it sure as h3ll beats depending on the kindness of the insurance providers (my family medical history alone was enough for them to slap a pre-existing condition on my coverage and jack up the price).

    December 23, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Ruth

    When will people stop accepting lies from this government....they sound like it is ok and yet they want our youth to what not lie.....what an example this man in charge is setting....is it ok that his children lie to him?......

    December 23, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Rise

    is the data secured yet? is the data accurate yet?
    how will we know? who would we trust?

    December 23, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. greg

    I'm not against universal healthcare but I am against this form as my unsubsidized premium for a very lousy plan (lowest level silver available on my state exchange) costs $1340 a month. I'll have a choice pay the healthcare tax or pay my mortgage, I do not earn enough to do both and I work 50 to 60 hours a week and am in my mid fifties.

    December 23, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    shocking.... so when you cover more people, the prices go up!? who would've thought.

    December 23, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. A Physician

    Obamacare is the most destructive federal domestic policy ever crammed down the American People's throats. We have been fighting Democrats since the Civil War – it's time we finally beat back the Democrats and tell them that we will NOT be walked all over anymore!

    December 23, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Jim Jimson

    Hmm not even all Democrats support Obamacare? Must be a mistake surely?

    December 23, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Jimmy

    Thank you Mr President!
    You can see by these blogs, you've brought us together just like you promised.

    December 23, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. EP

    Wait.....so its not possible to cover more people while at the same time reducing prices?! who would've thought

    December 23, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Unemployed1

    I've recently become unemployed and struggling financially to keep afloat. So, I have to make a few choices here. Do I feed my child and make sure she has a roof over her head? Or do I spend almost $300 to pay for health insurance a month. I know I'm not the only one with this dilemma. Thanks Obama!

    December 23, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. flossmore

    Does that useless idiot in the WH know how much people hate him?? You jerks that voted in this liar....this hater of America, are you ashamed yet? You all ought to remove that 'Obummer' bumper-sticker already......you just look like a bigger jerk!!

    December 23, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Crampon

    It's toast.

    December 23, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. ConcernedCitizenVoter

    1. Premiums have risen, but have risen LESS than they have in decades. People easily forget that premiums have been rising drastically for a long time. So it’s already working!

    2. More people will be covered forever and can’t be denied for profit-protecting reasons like pre-existing conditions or filing too many claims

    3. People have received BILLIONS of dollars back FROM insurance companies due to the mandate that insurers have to spend at least 80% of revenue on actual healthcare instead of overhead like salaries/bonuses and must pay back to policyholders any amount not meeting that requirement

    4. Some people have lost coverage, but most had plans that barely covered any costs to begin with, and now they can get new, better plans.

    5. People will have access to regular, preventative care, so they will stay healthier and stop using the ultra-expensive emergency room for healthcare coverage, which will ultimately lead to lower healthcare costs for everyone.

    But let’s not let silly facts get in the way of ignorance and blind hate caused by lies and misinformation from people who simply hate a black president or democrats in general. Let’s just go back to their do-nothing policies where insurance and healthcare costs were spiraling out of control!

    December 23, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Dan M

    It was a pie in the sky idea that never was grounded in economic reality. Insurance is a loss for nearly everyone. Only the rare few come out ahead on car insurance or home insurance but we have those for catastrophic claims "just in case." Instead of using that model for health insurance the President went the other way and tried to cover everyone and everything, resulting in everyone will pay for everything only with an insurance middleman getting their cut.

    December 23, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. WerreDesigns

    Olu, you claim to be a healthcare provider, yet you have time to write an insufferably long paragraph and can't seem to string a coherent sentence together. This makes me think you aren't what you claim to be.

    December 23, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. ConcernedCitizenVoter

    Greg, if you work 50-60 hours a week and don't have employee-provided healthcare options, either you have a terrible emploer, they aren't follow the healthcare law, or both. Time to get a job with better compensation, bud!

    December 23, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. JCal

    The ACA is a congressional bill that wasn't well thought out – and sold to people with lies and misinformation.. It can be changed, altered, improved upon, and added to – at will in the future. But it was formulated so quickly in 2010, that many things were not addressed that should have been. I guess I am saying it was poorly thought out – mainly because it was a political maneuver on the part of politicians – not a compassionate one.

    People have a right to be angry. If you are waiting for the "other shoe to drop" – – wait for about 10 more shoes to drop! We may have ruined Americans medical care for a very long time, as the least of the problems here are a botched website.

    December 23, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. tim

    The 'Affordable" Care Act is NOT a HEALTH care act. Based on the rising blood pressure and worry it is causing, it veruy well

    December 23, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. Friends

    CNN posting the truth for once ! Must be a mistake

    December 23, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. WerreDesigns

    Melissa,
    We were the only first world power in the world because of our exceptionalism, Russia was only considered a first world power because they had nukes and appeared to have the funding to continue increasing their arsinal. But when push came to shove in 1984 we found out that they were more talk then show and they fell to a second world nation. most of the world was second world status until recently.

    December 23, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Macbeth

    LauriM, I'm guessing the one who doesn't understand insurance and knows very little about the ACA is you, otherwise you'd understand it's not anything like single payer and is nothing more then a poor attempt to expanded the existing system. If we agree the existing system is a poor way to provide affordable healthcare then we now have a larger version of the same failing system. The insurance companies still control your access to healthcare, the deductibles and out-of-pocket max(s) are higher, for many premiums are higher and the 30 million uninsured, still don't have access to affordable healthcare. Our goal should be to provide affordable healthcare not to provide "unaffordable health insurance". People don't need insurance they need affordable healthcare. The ACA completely missed the mark.

    December 23, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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