CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?
November 27th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 years ago

CNN/ORC Poll: Are Obamacare's flaws fixable?

Washington (CNN) - Despite the flawed rollout of, a majority of Americans still seem to have an open mind about whether Obamacare will work, and more than half of those surveyed in a new national poll believe the current problems can be solved.

A CNN/ORC International poll also indicates nearly six in 10 Americans oppose the national health care law, but some give the Affordable Care Act a thumbs down because it isn't liberal enough.

According to the survey released on Wednesday, four in 10 say they support the law, with 58% opposed. Those figures are little changed from a CNN poll a month ago, just two weeks into the rough start up of and mostly before the controversy over insurance policy cancellations due primarily to the new health law.

But 41% say they oppose the law because they think it's too liberal, with 14% saying the measure doesn't go far enough. That means that 54% either support Obamacare, or say it's not liberal enough.

Is the new law a success or failure?

Nearly four in 10 say it's a failure, with 53% saying it is too soon to tell.

Will the current problems faced by Obamacare be eventually solved?

Fifty-four percent express optimism on this question, with 45% saying that Obamacare's flaws will never be fixed.

Younger Americans are much less likely to express negative views of the new health care law.

"Only 25% of 18-to-34 year olds say that the new law is a failure, compared to more than four in 10 in any other age bracket. Seven in 10 younger Americans think the current problems faced by Obamacare will eventually be fixed. Senior citizens are split, and most people between 35 and 65 years old think that the system is permanently broken," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The poll was conducted November 18-20 for CNN by ORC International, with 843 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.

Filed under: CNN/ORC poll • Obamacare • President Obama
soundoff (488 Responses)
  1. Walter

    I voted for Obama but at some point we all have to admit that Obamacare is an inexcusable failure. The economic stimulus package he made was successful and helped a lot of people, but the Obamacare website doesn't even work! The bill is absolutely terrible inside and out and needs a major overhaul, it's making people lose their plans and most people can't even sign up for it. We need to stop trying to look at the dim bright side of Obamacare and pretending it's okay and just fix it

    November 27, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. southerngent

    Francisco Decastro

    BS, the house republicans tried to protect the American Constitution by repealing this trampling of our rights but knowing they didn't have votes to stop it agreed to fund the government if obamacare was simply delayed, but the president and Senate said no. Dumb on the democrats part, because republican's were right, hence the trouble your party is in. The presidents arrogance is why you are on here now.

    November 27, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. TONE

    @ southerngent
    It seem like i touched a nerve, first i am sorry i was not too clear, what i meant is if your are going to defend your right wing ideology on national television in front of the world, shouldn't you at least have some teeth in your mouth? now what the rest of the world is going to say about America? Ignant with an empty mouth.

    November 27, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Fire

    No matter how one looks at this forced healthcare grab called Obamacare should be against the law. They said it wasn't a tax. They sold it to the American People as not being a tax. The Supreme Court says it's a tax. Okay maybe the fines are called a tax but what about the premiums the insurance companies charge the American People, is this called a tax too? It's the insurance being forced on Americans and this is what we do not want. It is against the Constitution for the government to compete against private sector. Only the government can collect taxes. Something wrong here.

    November 27, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Paul A. Williams

    The whole scheme of the article is to cast failure by mentioned of percentages and ratios that explain how it does not do meet success. There is too much of an affect on economy, and an effect of the economy indirectly on it, for people to allow talk of success and failure without particulars. You need to be more specific when you put the economy and people lives on the line.

    November 27, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Greenspam

    The website is fixable. Anyone who believes a website is not fixable is either stupid or doesn't know anything about technology. However, the bigger question is – does Obamacare the law have a big flaw, and if it does, is the flaw fixable?

    November 27, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Me

    Rudy NYC

    Just Saying misleads:

    "Nice try." Republicans knew exactly what was in the bill. Why do you think they filibustered it for their lobbbyists? BTW, the Senate filibuster was broken in December 2009, which was followed by TWO MONTHS of debate over the content of the bill on the Senate floor before it was passed in March 2010. Once it passed in the Senate, then it moved to the House. Pelosi was being wickedly sarcastic in her response.

    Rudy, so you're saying that all of Congress knew that people would not be able to keep their plans, even though they were told they could?
    That is not what I'm meant or wrote, and any fifth grader could see that you're being willfully dishonest. You have a really bad habit of taking words completely out of context, and applying an entirely new meaning to them.
    Oh give me a break Rudy, you take more peoples words out of context than anyone else on any blog I have read!!! And sorry but I don’t think he took it out of context, I think that is exactly what you meant until it backfired on you. LOL

    November 27, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Me


    What was the breakdown politically of those who took the survey. Bet there were more Dems pooled, this minimizing those apposed to this mess of a plan.
    31% Dem, 23% Repub, 46% Independent. So yes the poll is skewed to the left.

    November 27, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Strummer

    So most Americans support the ACA. We knew that. We had a referendum on the ACA in 2008 AND in 2012. The AVA won. Twice.

    November 27, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Fact

    If you want to offer a free service or subsidize service to someone, do it with your wallet. When you are forcing others to pay for your wish, it is similar to stealing/robbery and misuse of power.

    And everyone knows what is hiding behind your wish.

    November 27, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Stating the Obvious

    Can you "fix" a volcanic eruption? Can you put the mountain back together? No. Now we can only hope to minimize the tremendous damage and carefully remove the deadly Obamacare tentacles before more suffer dire consequences, seen and unforeseen. The sooner we start, the better. Wait too long, and see your healthcare system strangled to death.

    November 27, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Me

    Rudy NYC

    "Millions of people have been getting dropped out of one policy, and placed into another for decades. It's called re-enrollment, and sometimes you get shoved into a different plan with a different company. Employers do it all of the time, whenever they feel that they can get a better deal with a different company."

    Yes I acknowledged that it does and has happened in the past Rudy, 2 differences, it has not happened on the scale it is now and that is a fact! Second, the new policies were very similar to the previous policies in terms of price, unlike now where the premiums and deducible have skyrocketed, doubled, tripled or more in many cases!
    So what, if they did change all at once. Stop the whining about it. Nobody cares except for the Obama deniers.

    We all knew it was gong to be big change in how insurance works. Besides, insurers could have kept the plans if they wanted to, but the INSURERS CHOSE not to keep the old policies around. Why not sell you a product with a higher premium? Besides, the law was passed in 2010, which was arguably four years ago. How many insurance plans remain unchanged that long? None.
    Another lie Rudy, they could NOT keep those policies around until AFTER they already cancelled them and Obama change the rules again and said they could keep them for one more year. The usual tactic by the left, change the subject, who care, move on, stop whining etc, it is only your life we are talking about!!! LMFAO And why don't you tell people like the father in pain on here to stop whining about it and see how that goes over????

    November 27, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota


    What was the breakdown politically of those who took the survey. Bet there were more Dems pooled, this minimizing those apposed to this mess of a plan.
    31% Dem, 23% Repub, 46% Independent. So yes the poll is skewed to the left.

    No doubt CNN has taken into consideration the new and less improved "Independent" voter. You know who they are. Those who are - for all intent and purpose - still Republican voters who will ALWAYS vote Republican but are too embarrassed to call themselves "Republican". I wouldn't say the poll is skewed to the left. Rather, I would say it is skewed Independent.

    November 27, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. southerngent

    I defend your right to ignore other peoples right, will you defend my right to chose my own health care without government intervention?

    November 27, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Frank Anastasia

    The entire mess needs to be scrapped. It is now inherently corrupt. I don't know why anyone would think for a second the federal government would be capable of running this, when they have shown repeatedly they are by far more inefficient, and definitely not as cost effective as the private sector.

    November 27, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Just Saying

    Rudy NYC, which of the following statements are not correct about things that have happened as a result of the implementation of ACA?,
    1. Public was explicitly told that they would be able to keep their plans if they wanted, but millions of people have had their current plans cancelled
    2. The success of the ACA is dependent on enough young people signing up (since the insurance companies based their rates on having enough people on their plans that won't actually use many health services at all)
    3. So far, the young people have NOT been signing up anywhere near the rate that the Obama administration planned for
    4. If young people do not reverse their course and all of a sudden start signing up for plans, then it will lead to extreme increases for everybody else signed up
    5. Everybody is charged the same prices (even though women and the elderly use far more health services than the other groups)
    6. The only way that the administration can hope to have a large number of people sign up for plans is to hand out hundreds of millions (or more) in direct subsidy payments to those people
    7. In some cases,to maintain profitabilty levels, the insurance companies are decreasing the amount they reimburse participating doctors, and thus a number of doctors are choosing to not accept these plans
    8. Starting next year, when the employer-based plans fall under the same rules, there are tens of millions of people that are expected to be affected by these new "minimum requirements"
    9. Those employers will have to choose whether to offer new Obamacare plans that have higher premiums than those existing plans or drop coverage completely

    You have been quite vocal in your claims that the Democrats in Congress knew what the ramifications of the plan would be. Do you really think they foresaw all of these issues that have come to be? Personally, I'm inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt and suggest that they didn't realize all of these things would occur, and that their support of this legislation was more due to party loyalty and ignorance.

    The net result of the ACA legislation is that men and younger, healthier people are getting charged MORE than they had in the past for similar coverage in order to subsidize the women and older, sicker people that are responsible for a significantly higher percentage of health services that insurance companies must pay out. In addition to that, the middle class and above are responsible for giving extra money (through taxes) to directly pay the premiums of those on the lower end of the income scale (despite the fact that the majority of the people getting these premium subsidies already pay no federal income taxes). If you feel either of those scenarios are "fair", that's your prerogative. Just be willing to stand up and boldly admit that you think those are good methods to solve the issues with the health care industry.

    November 27, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. bearitstrong

    "Despite the flawed rollout of, a majority of Americans still seem to have an open mind about whether Obamacare will work, and more than half of those surveyed in a new national poll believe the current problems can be solved."

    In spite of all the dust kicked up by right-wing "pundits".

    November 27, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. mike

    I know of NO ONE that thinks the Affordable Care Act is a good idea. This is total B.S. and government disinformation.

    November 27, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. TONE

    @ southerngent

    I really did defend all Americans rights so yours are no different lots of bullets flew over my head doing it also.

    November 27, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. sonnie3

    Obama and his steam roller dems own this monster and it is going to eat them alive / They should have read this monster before they passed it. Would have solved the big Fiasco it has become.

    November 27, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. DBrenner00

    This is a bogus article, cherry picking the statistics. It is no different that the cherry-picked facts employed to sell it. CNN is yet again demonstrating it's partisan leanings by publishing this nonsense article

    November 27, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |

    How do you fix dog poop like Obamacare? It is what it is, dog poop. Unless of course you are one of the people getting free or heavily subsidized healthcare compliments of the other 280 million that are being taxed and over charged for their healthcare insurance.

    November 27, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. DBrenner01

    This article cherry picks the statistics. It is no different that the cherry-picked facts employed to sell Obamacare. CNN is yet again demonstrating it's partisan leanings by publishing this nonsense article

    November 27, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Ken

    BOCare is the biggest failure of the Biggest Failure, ever, to darken the door of the WH...that's all..

    November 27, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. southerngent

    So the answer is no.

    I will ask you the same question I asked another, please explain how forcing ALL American into a program that was designed to force a distribution of wealth NOT socialism.

    November 27, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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