CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?
October 1st, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 years ago

CNN Poll: Will Obamacare help you?

Less than one in five Americans say their families will be better off under the new health care law, according to a new poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday morning also indicates a majority say the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, will help some people, with 37% saying the law, which is gradually starting to kick in, won't help anyone.

According to the poll, four in 10 say the new law will make their families worse off, while 41% believe it will have no effect.

Seventeen percent think the measure will be a good thing for themselves or their families.

The poll's release comes on the same day as a key element of the health care law takes effect, as Americans without insurance can begin enrolling in state insurance exchanges.

And it comes hours after the shutdown of the federal government courtesy of a bitter partisan battle over the new health care law.

According to the poll, 36% say they won't benefit from the new law but other families will. If you add to that the 17% who believe Obamacare will help them personally, the survey indicates that most Americans see some good coming from it. Some 37% say no one in the country will benefit from the measure.

As the exchanges open for business, 52% say the health insurance system created by Obamacare is a disaster waiting to happen, with 45% saying the system will eventually work.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International September 27-29, with 803 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

With most components of the health care law not taking effect until 2014, many Americans still don't have a full grasp of Obamacare, and a couple of surveys from other organizations conducted in September indicated that only a minority said they knew a lot about the law.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.

Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Congress • Government Shutdown • Polls
soundoff (408 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC


    If obamacare is so good, why is anyone (congress, the president, unions, etc.) exempt? Why is their even a waiver process if it is so good?
    Because people in the Congress were treated differently in the original bill. An amendment had been added that required some members of Congress to purchase insurance on the exchanges. The result is that they would not only have two health insurance policies, but they would only be able to take tax deductions/credits on just one of them.

    The amendment was added to get a vote of support on the Senate floor, but it purposely tries to break the law. It was obvious that the amendment would eventually have to be excluded or repealed, thus creating the false talking point that you're using.

    October 1, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Bob

    I find it funny how many people are bashing Obamacare as for the poor.
    My husband & I both work the best paying jobs we can get and make LESS THAN $40000/year combined for our 4 person family. We are NOT on any assistance nor government assistance & neither of our employers offer any medical. We canNOT afford insurance for our family on our own & we only visit doctors for annual check ups. After thoroughly reading about Obamacare – not just what's in the news or headlines – we are now educated & aware Obamacare WILL help our family obtain insurance for the 1st time in 7 years.

    October 1, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. beblue72

    When Obamacare takes effects, it will REQUIRE Insurance Companies to use a certain % of the Premiums to go towards ACTUAL HEALTHCARE, and not just towards Administrative costs (you know where they get to take lavish vacations and lavish compensations that all go under either write-offs/tax or as Administrative costs such as conventions and what have you.) So what the Insurance are doing now, is GOUGING people because when 2014 comes, they CANT NO LONGER DO IT! But then they would have to prove that certain % has to go towards ACTUAL CARE! That's when the real cans of worms are coming out. But you know their PR dept will be working overtime to pull wools over uninformed PROSUMERS (those who only care about Infotainment instead of REAL HARD NEWS/FACTS)

    October 1, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. gee

    Figures don't lie, but liars figure. Go figure.

    October 1, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Michael in Boston

    I always vote for compromise and can understand those that may think the Dems should have done something, but there really is no choice here...we can't have either party...whoever the minority may be, sacrifice our economy and wreck people's lives over a debate they already lost.

    I've been waiting to buy a house in a short sale for 8 I can't because mortgages (thru FHA) are stopped. This stoppage impacts me greatly, and I've dutifully paid more than most in taxes. Sometimes I can't believe the insensitivity of the American people...there is no nenes in this. To give in will only breed more made-up crisis' so the minority can chip away things they can not get in a majority vote.

    October 1, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. 10%

    I still save $60 per month without changing my plan to obama care. Someone that makes 20,ooo less than I with a family of 3 still will pay $60 per month more than i . Enjoy obamacare. I am sure you will enjoy the corrupted obama health insurance.

    October 1, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. I have a job

    Sorry, this is just another thing to help those who are unwilling to help themselves. while yes, it will help some of the public.. a large majority of what this helps are those who already feed off the governemt for unemployment, food stamps, etc and now sit home and produce kids that grow up and shoot incent people in the streets. Atleast now when the gang wars happen, they will be covered for their bullet wounds, knife slicings, and baseball beatings. While people that actually work, and went to school to get a decent job to get benefits are left in the middle class getting taxed for havign this crap.

    October 1, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Jay

    The bad thing about this is that no one really knows what this bill is going to do, even after 2 to 3 years of it being passed, no one knows hardly anything. What we do know is that Obama has granted exemptions to certain groups of people, certain organizations, and to some federal employees. What the Republicans should have done, if they had the guts, was to fund the bill, but put a stipulation that the funding comes only if we all play by the same rules. No exemptions for anyone, period.

    October 1, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Just sayin'

    Thank you 1twinsfan! Ppl would rather be led than think for themselves. Ignorance is Not bliss.

    October 1, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. Brian

    This is such an inconclusive poll it's laughable. Make up your mind.

    October 1, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. libralee

    The first time I heard that "unions" would be exempt, that did it for me! I can't believe every non-union American in the country isn't raising he11 about it! WHY did they exempt unions????????? For the votes, of course!!!!!

    October 1, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. Dan

    It is going to be a HUGE cost and the program is confusing and complicated. We needed something, but this was not it

    October 1, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Steve

    "According to the poll, 36% say they won't benefit from the new law but other families will. If you add to that the 17% who believe Obamacare will help them personally, the survey indicates that most Americans see some good coming from it."

    OMG! So let me see if I got this statistical voo-doo correct...If I think my neighbor will benefit, but I will not, and my neighbor thinks he will benefit, then out of the two of us 100% think Obamacare is a good thing? The liberal media needs to take a class on statistics and a class on polling before trying to make any statements.

    October 1, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  14. ktown8

    Talk about carrying the water for O and a disastrous healthcare law. It's funny to hear all of these success stories of a poor waitress in Nebraska finally getting healthcare, yet they ignore the hundreds of stories I've seen on Facebook already today of middle class families and individuals who will not qualify for any subsidies and have their insurance go up from $100 to $350 per month......and these aren't rich individuals. These are folks who make $50K or so a year. Once again, the middle class will be buried shouldering the burden of this new law.

    October 1, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. cajr

    this is only going to benefit the people with zero healthcare. meanwhile my 55k a year and 700 a month insurance will continue, without a subsidy. thanks Obama, you helped your voting block, no one else.

    October 1, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Al1900

    The people against Obamacare know very little about the plan.

    October 1, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Frank

    To Quote Wilson above:
    "If obamacare is so good, why is anyone (congress, the president, unions, etc.) exempt?"

    There should be no exception nor waivers. Either EVERYBODY is covered by this Pyramid Scheme or Everybody should be able OPT OUT WITHOUT PENALTY.

    Businesses all over the country have cut back employees from Full-TIme to Part-Time. I could use dozens of paragraphs showing examples where businesses have cut back because of Obamacare.

    The only people that seem to Want this fraudulent piece of animal manure are from fiscally bankrupt cities and States.

    October 1, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. Frank N.

    All this article does is show how uneducated people are about the ACA. Rather than running poll after poll, CNN should actually educate people.

    October 1, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Stevelb1

    What people are quick to forget, under the old healthcare model, if you had insurance and you were stricken with a sever illness or injury, you would burn through a lifetime max of $1mil or $2mil fairly quickly leaving you bankrupt. Obamacare eliminates the lifetime max. The lifetime max was the cause of most bankruptcies in the past. This benefits everyone.

    October 1, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  20. Jim

    This is a trainwreck, all these years to get it ready and it is still not. Politicians suck, Harry Reid is a joke and Obama will not negotiate. He cries like a baby, you would never know he was the president. Way to lead by example Obama.

    October 1, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. Dan

    Anyone with a heart wants to help people get health insurance. The problem is that the numbers don't add up. Medicare helps a lot of people, but it is killing our country. This will insure the poor, take money and benefits away from the working class, and the result will be long term rationing of care. That is not a partisan statement as I am an independent, it's common sense.

    October 1, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. The Taxman

    Matters not to me as I am exempt and have free VA Healthcare and prescriptions plus whatever Medicare will give me. So, no change for me or my family.

    October 1, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. Mark

    Have a small business that has been growing and ready to expand. Literally was going to start the process with the SBA today. This shutdown is just great. Really serves a purpose. What a bunch of freaking morons! Don't like how the game is going so just kick the ball into the woods.

    October 1, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  24. Kevin

    Don't understand the polls logic. You can make numbers say what you want and i know this from working in the a field that dealt with numbers. How can you combine to poll numbers and then say a majority or "most" see some good?This is flawed because the numbers that go against will show that "most" believe the opposite. CNN, STOP trying to make it this look good or bad and just report the hard facts. You are becoming worst than MSNBC, at least we know where they statnd and can accept that. It is much worse to say that you are honest and then turn around and report numbers like this.

    October 1, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  25. MasterWooten

    Fact is RudyNYC Congres, the President, unions and some others ARE exempt from Obamacare, doesn't matter how they got there, they just are therefore questioning the soundness of Obamacare is STILL a relevant line of inquiry!

    October 1, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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