September 22nd, 2010
12:24 PM ET
10 years ago

At six month mark, Americans appear divided on health care reform

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Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama marks six months since he signed health care reform legislation into law, it appears Americans are divided over the sweeping measure.

Thursday is the six month anniversary of the health care bill passed by Congress. Wednesday the president traveled to the home of an individual with a chronic ailment who, according senior administration officials, is benefiting from the new law's repeal of lifetime coverage limits.

Wednesday's event appears to be an opportunity for Obama to tout what many consider his signature legislative accomplishment of his first two years in office.


And the event comes as the midterm elections are less than six weeks away. Democrats are trying to hold onto their majorities in Congress in November's contests.

So what do Americans think about the comprehensive health care law?

Recent polls suggest the public is divided.

According to a CBS News/New York Times survey conducted this month, 37 percent say they approve of the health care law, with seven percent saying they disapprove of the measure but don't want it repealed, and four in ten saying they disapprove and do want the law repealed.

While not as important as the economy, health care reform is an issue on the minds of voters this year. So which party do Americans think will do a better job on the issue?

Again, Americans appear divided. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll conducted in early September indicates that 46 percent of the public says that Democrats in Congress will do a better job on health care, with 45 percent saying congressional Republicans will do a better job on the issue.

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Filed under: Health care • issues • Polls • President Obama
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Eric

    Divided? Are you kidding?

    Americans are UNIFIED... unified in the desire for repeal, now at 61%.

    In fact, the only thing that is truly bipartisan in this country is opposition to this illegal, unconstitutional, hostile-government-annexation of an entire industry.

    We WILL fix this problem in January, *IF* the courts don't do it first.

    September 22, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    No surprise. Polls were more or less the same 6 months ago. No public option = lack of enthusiasm from the left. Mandate = anger from the right.
    There shouldn't be a mandate without a public option. However there are still some good things in the bill that aren't getting reported on by the media. Instead the media just likes to create controversy for a good story or ratings.

    September 22, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Every time Obama opens his mouth about his health care welfare fiasco, every Congressional Democrat cringes and wishes he'd shut up.

    September 22, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Dave

    Kudos to the Obama administration and complicit media for misleading the American people about the true nature of the health care bill. I'm just surprized the citizens are willing to accept "We have to pass the bill to find what is in it" mentality which threatens democracy to its core!

    September 22, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. vic, Nashville TN

    With out test driving how we grade the health care bill

    September 22, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. stufit

    Remember how Obama said we would all love it once it passed. He was, once again, wrong. I just got my renewal and am paying significantly more for the non working, dope smokers that vote for him and I am angry about it. Not one dime more we were told by the inept, incompetent, corrupt, lying, union toady president.

    September 22, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Obama might pick up thrity million voters who do not have health care

    September 22, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Health insurance has gone up every year for years and our benefits have been cut. Now, we're getting our benefits and more. Pre-existing condition nonsense no longer exists. Kids will be covered. There's no cap.

    We are unified in wanting health care reform.
    We are unified in not listening to the inane lies and nonsense spewing out of the GOP's mouthpiece.
    We are unified in knowing that there's a movement to "make" people think healthcare is a bad thing - good thing the American people know that this movement is a flaming bucket of poo.

    September 22, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Wednesday's event appears to be an opportunity for Obama to tout what many consider his signature legislative accomplishment of his first two years in office.
    _____________________________________________________
    I think Cash-For-Clunkers was really his major legislative accomplishment so far. Toyota and Honda sales skyrocketed in 8 '09 from that US federally funded program. Domo Arragato Mr. Obamo!

    September 22, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Alex

    Because it's not good enough!!!

    Way to go, Republicans! Way to put greedy corporations in front of the American people.

    All you people complaining out there that your health care isn't any better – duh! You can thank the Republicans for that one for not allowing Democrats to pass a bill that had some real teeth to it.

    Myself, I will be happy, at the very least, to not have to pay co-payments anymore when itake my baby for checkups.

    Oh, and I do have a job! Most uninsured Americans have job!

    Yes, repeal it – and then PASS A PUBLIC OPTION!!!!

    September 22, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    The problem is that Obama and his stooges don't understand the actuarial science that governs ANY insurance, whether it's health, car, life, or homeowners.

    It's going to crumble, because the individual mandate is going to be found unconstitutional. If the individual mandate is found to be unconstitutional, the rest of the "features" (pre-existings, no lifetime maximums, etc.) become unsustainable from an actuarial standpoint.

    September 22, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. November 2010

    That health care bill will become impotent after Nov. 2.

    September 22, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. mark

    How usless are the polls and uninformed those polled. Really? Repubs can do a better job on healthcare? Like they did a better job on healthcare and the economy? No thanks, the Repubs say "trust us" when history documents they cannot be trusted.

    September 22, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Peg, Carrollton, TX

    I recently received a “Changes to Your Health Benefits” notice required by the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). There were many good changes to essential benefits listed but the best is: “Effective October 1, 2010 the lifetime maximum limit on the dollar value of benefits under your Plan no longer applies”.

    It could have had stronger no pre-existing condition limitation but at least it takes care of that for children up to age 19 now.

    There is at least one change made that will directly affect my present need for care. I am especially appreciative that the small lifetime maximum for hospice care will no longer apply.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to the congressmen & women and those senators who did have the courage to pass this bill (my own congressman and senators actually voted against these improvements) because before this I did have to worry about these things.

    September 22, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. James klimaski

    While I am not happy with the Health Care Reform Act, since it was not single payer and did not include a public option, the law does protect many more people would would otherwise not have coverage or would lose it due to insurance company rules.

    My office recently got a renewal statement for its health care policy, a wopping increase of 33%. This is in line with the last two years when there was no health care reform. At least now I have an avenue to complain and expect the state and Federal governments to effect a rollback under the new law. It has already been done in California, and in Michigan the state is suing Blue Cross for the same rate gouging. Without this law we would be at the mercey of the insurance companies.

    September 22, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. masgap

    Ok let's repeal it and let the insurance companies have their way.

    No competion and no regulation and they can increase your premiums as they wish. remember 150%? And when you need it they;ll turn you away.

    No this is gonna be a good thing. Children up to 26 covered means a
    lot to families. No pre-existing conditions means coverage when you need it. Regulation is in place not like the bank fiasco.

    Cmon America wake up and say no to the party of no

    September 22, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. lil

    The only people who dont need healthcare reform are the very rich and the people who hate Pres. Obama no matter what he does.

    There are some people who would rather die or starve than agree with anything Obama does. Its personal with these people they never gave him a chance they just watch fox and listen to glen, and rush who have more money then most state budgets.

    September 22, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Ken, AZ

    Unfortunately, most Americans won't understand the benefits of Health Care Reform until, and unless, they're faced with a situation where they benefit directly. Many of those in opposition often describe the reform as welfare. Prior to passage of the reform it was welfare for the insurance companies. My guess is that those who oppose this reform that attempts to look out for the masses would prefer being screwed by insurance companies and big pharma. And those of you who are blaming premium increases on health care reform, just look at your premium increases prior to passage of this reform; What do you blame those increases on?

    September 22, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. stevegee

    How is Obama going to spin a government takeover of 1/6 of our economy against the will of the people? ObamaCare will increase costs, limit resources, and lower the quality of healthcare. So, thanks to Obama and the Democrats, we go from having the best medical care in the world, to being on par with Socialist Europe. Sorry, not buying your propaganda.

    Vote Republican on November 2nd.

    September 22, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Hammerer

    Maybe obama should follow O'Donnell's lead and not give any more interviews to national media.

    September 22, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. I think, therefore I must be a republican

    My premiums went up an extra 5% due to this legislation.

    Why insure children passed 21 if they are not enrolled in college? If they are over 21 and not in college, they should be working and paying for their own insurance.
    Of course, if obama's policies didn't put the unemployment rate a higer level than we have seen in 20 or 30 years, this would not be a concern.

    did you ever wonder how other countries pay for healthcare? Higher taxes so all of you thinking this is just another thing to pass onto the rich, think again if you can.

    September 22, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Mark

    The problem is that American's don't know what's in the bill and if they even read an outline of it they would be impressed. Listening to FOX News is no way to learn anything. Unrestricted doctor choice, no denying coverage after some one gets sick, children no longer denied for pre-existing conditions, no lifetime limits on coverage..things like that kick in tomorrow. Once you've been hosed by a health insurance company you know what's up, leaving health care costs to "the market" equals disaster. There would be no need for a health care bill if there weren't bandits in control of health care costs.

    September 22, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. NYC REPUB

    LOL........Health Care Reform is hear to stay........My unborn children will never know what insurance coverage lacked, because of new benefits that strengthen insurance.........
    Here's a fact for all you REPEALERS out there: Health insurance was scheduled to go up regardless of reform this year and every year after. In 2014 when the National exchanges (a market full of free-market health insurance regulated by the government), open up across every state, and business and individuals can pool together, giving the customer real purchasing power for the first time. This along with the excise TAX, and other TAXES i.e. tanning tax (this bill is paid for) will begin to slow down premiums. The law nor any law of such magnitude can't change a whole system in a day.......No this is for the long haul......in 50 years people will look back and say, wow remember President Obama caused this good thing to happen.
    All you low lives complaining about poor people and fitting the bill for them...... This is not a hand out......They will have to come out of their pockets to pay for insurance, and the government will give them a subsidy based on their income. Those who don't work, will still use medicaid......
    The benefits inacted on today Sep. 22nd.....is another step in the right direction.

    September 22, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Me love you long time John McCain

    Single payer is on the way in just a few short years and everyone knows it,great,hahahahahaha

    September 22, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. Ken in Pisgah Forest

    Which part of the bill don't I like? Lifetime caps are removed. I want to pay my own bills after I hit my $1 million dollar limit. Why should my kids get my estate when I can leave it to the local hospital? Now my insurance company can't even cancel my coverage if I get sick. They can't even refuse to cover me if I have a preexisting condition. Where's the sport in that? Now everyone has to have insurance. I don't even get to pay the 16% of my insurance bill that went to pay for the bills for the uninsured that my doctor and hospital write off. I even get to keep my employer sponsored health care, even though my employer pushes more of the cost of it to me every year. How is that 'change'?

    September 22, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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