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. NameFalse Hope

    The rollout has been a failure and Americans know this. This administration has shown us that government shouldn't be involed in such a large portion of the American economy. Obama lied to the American public and that will not be forgotten.

    November 27, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine


    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.
    It is not a redistrubution of wealth like socialism because the money is going to private insurers. Based upon your warped logic, everytime you pay for a candy bar, you are getting taxed. Having everyone enter it will have the effect of lowereing the overall cost, so how is that socialism? You clearly don't understand economics: my 12 year-old can figure this out.

    November 27, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. rodboy

    When you get a bunch of people together and half have no money and the other half's food, insurance, cell phones, healthcare bills – that smells like socialism – looks like a duck, quacks like a duck. Now maybe some need it , but you need to work in the community awhile to see which ones cheat and are just lazy. Get a job managing about 1000 people and you see the 80 20 rule still lives.

    November 27, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. chris

    -The Real Tom Paine
    Based upon your warped logic, everytime you pay for a candy bar, you are getting taxed. Having everyone enter it will have the effect of lowereing the overall cost, so how is that socialism? You clearly don't understand economics: my 12 year-old can figure this out
    your logic is what is flawed. the correct analogy would be as follows: you go to buy a sandwich but the government tells you what sandwich you want and how much you are going to pay. in your sandwich you get plenty of things you don't want and only part of what you did want. then you find out you're paying much much more because a portion of your sandwich cost goes to help other people buy their sandwiches. that's obamacare and yes that is socialism.

    November 27, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. southerngent


    That's bs, forcing all under the threat of a penalty with the possibility of jail time is socialism. If not distributism of wealth then why give it to everyone. You need to take classes with your 12 yr old to understand capitalism.

    November 27, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Normal In NH

    Problems could be solved but admission of their existence has to be front-loaded. There are massive billing and rate issues waiting to surface once people can actually sign up. Drop the politics, agree to significant rework and get it done!!!

    November 27, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Jo

    I would like to know who this 40 million people are who don't have health insurance? because we sure are not funding the illegals!

    November 27, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Carrie

    I can not wait until Obama is out of office, I do not care if another Democrat becomes president I just want Obama OUT!!!!

    November 27, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Demigod Vadik, CA

    I told you Republicans celebrated their "victory" a tad too early...

    He he he he he he he

    November 27, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Fact

    The Obamcare 'Vision"
    (a) Health care for all.
    (b) Reduce health care cost about $2,400 per family (???)
    (c) Self payable Obamcare/ACA system (???)
    (d) Current policy holders can keep their current policy and doctors

    To make this happen, Obamcare needs fund to pay for following two groups
    (1) tax breakers (poor class), pre existing condition, women (with no discrimination)
    (2) deadbeats, illegals immigrants, irresponsible and bad behaviour high risk people

    I'm perfectly fine with the 1st group but definitely not with the 2nd. I hope everyone agrees with it.
    Which means to me, part of the objective is good and other is bad.

    Failure of Obamcare 'Mission"
    Failure 1: Increase in premium for existing customers + huge increase in out-of pocket premium. Worked against "lower cost"
    Failure 2: Obamcare is estimated to add $500 billion/yr to country debt. Worked against "self payable" system.
    Failure 3: Despite of Failure 1 and Failure 2, still forces people to do business with private insurnace company, whoes only motive is to make more profit. Working against democracy (people will).
    Failure 4: Passes all its (un)expected huge cost over to middle-class, making middle-class poorer and rich class richer
    Failure 5: Cancellation of current policy for several million customers, throwing them out of coverage. (A sneaky attempt, forcing them to enroll in the very expensive Obamcare marketplace to show a good enrollment number)
    Failure 6: Several million spent on a non workable website. An attention diverter to kill time, hiding other major failures.

    November 27, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. viper25

    Who honestly remains open minded about it?! Everyone I talk to including myself hates Obamacare and wants nothing to do with it. The only way the biggest flaw would be fixable would be to get rid of the entire mandate. That in itself would make Obamacare work so much better. Instead they're threatening us with extortion and for that, I will NOT participate and I will NOT be open minded about it. Anyone who thinks otherwise is either blinded by ignorance or just plain stupid. I'm sorry but that's just the way it goes. Government is NOT for the people, it's about bureaucratic power and control over the people.

    November 27, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  12. southerngent


    You used the candy bar analogy so will I.
    Let's say you go to a candy store and tell the clerk I want a snickers bar.

    The clerk says no you can't have one but you may have an obamabar instead.

    You say, but I don't want an obamabar.

    The clerk then said you have to buy the obamabar because the government says its better for you.

    You say, well I don't want it so I'm not going to buy it.

    The clerk then tells you you must pay 20 dollar fine.

    What will you say now?

    Here is another.

    You get a knock on your door and a government official ask if you have a 12 year old at home.

    Yes, you tell him, then he tells you you must buy car insurance now or face a penalty that increases every year.

    You say but he/she doesn't need insurance now.

    The official then tells you but he/she will sometime and you must but it now and this is the policy we think you need.

    What will you do?

    November 27, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. A True Conservative

    Yes – it's fixable – vote the Dems out.....then repeal this mess....

    November 27, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Name jan53

    The real tom paine
    It's a socialism and it is a wealth redistribution , your logic is dumb. When I have to pay for others that is wealth redistribution.

    November 27, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Namelinda

    People are too quick to judge Obamacare as being a failure. The same thought process occured during the enactment of medicare/medicaid. A month or two is not enough time to tell whether it will work. Why is it that people do not feel that all Americans should have health insurance. It works in other countries. Oh, I forgot America was built on greed. Need I say more. The health care industry is all about greed and your health is secondary.

    November 27, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. RettasVegas

    They are fixable ONLY if the GOP allows them to be fixed! PERIOD!
    Fixing the problems does not help the GOP discredit ANYTHING that Obama has done to help the MAJORITY of uninsured in the nation, as for the GOP the only game they play is how to hurt Obama at ANY cost, even when it hurts MILLIONS of Americans, they only represent the EXTREME GOP agenda. PERIOD!
    I was a republican voter for 23 yrs. NOW i'm an Independent (4yrs.)
    Can you really blame me, they are NUTS!

    November 27, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. ToughLove

    We need a new sheriff in town, that's for sure. Preferably one who has actually led people successfully, engaged the necessary challenges of a budget and is NOT an ideologue. President Christie perhaps?

    Frankly, anyone else will seem like fresh air after Dictator Obama is gone. Even Hillary has more respect for truth, the will of the people and enough real life experience to know this isn't a monarchy.

    Generations will look back at this presidency and their jaws will drop at the "audacity of hubris" Obama has exemplified. The deceit of this administration has been truly appalling and I bet we don't know the half of it yet.

    November 27, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. cbp

    Let;s have a conversation about the Affordable Care Act in a year or so. Those in the media have not had all the facts and they continue to write and speak about this act. Those in Congress had many chances to bring about a bill that could be supported by most people. Instead they chose to do nothing and they got paid for it. For those who do not want insurance, how will you pay for your healthcare? If you go to the hospital because of an accident or illness, will you ask us to pay the bill?

    Since no alternative to the Affordable Care Act has been given we surely should have one by now. Many in Congress have railed against this Act. They have not given an alternative either. How about offering every American the same healthcare insurance that the members of Congress have and the people who are employed by the Federal government. The American people underwrite the policies and pay a huge percentage of the premiums for each person. Members of Congress owe their very livelihood to the people. We pay for their salaries and everything they receive. Now it is their turn to give back to the people who have paid their salaries and all the salaries of those who work for them, paid for their office space, paid for two trips home a month, etc.., etc., etc.

    November 27, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. NameThatsIt121

    Attempting to control demand is to attempt to control the will of the people. Government should only be involved on the supply side.

    November 27, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. are122

    One thing isn't fixable...the 5 airheads on the supreme court that approved a tax on not buying. Now we are required to pay a tax on something we don't buy, don't use and don't want. It may be awhile but this will no doubt be used again...and maybe again and again.

    November 27, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  21. Grego

    If it can be fixed then fix it. If it can't be then get rid of it.

    November 27, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. R. Kelley

    All the talk about Obama care centers around the website, I would like to see more about how it is going to be funded. Who is going to pay for this?

    November 27, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  23. SHEILA

    obamacare is a total diseaster & a train wreck !!! In 6 to 8 months, if this thing isn't repealed, not only businesses will be going bankrupt, but there will be more un-employment !!!

    November 27, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Too Scruffy

    Just wait until employer mandates kick in! Many employer sponsored plans will be cancelled. Can't wait for those poll results. Of course I'm a "hater", I've been told.

    November 27, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Fair is fair

    To many of the population have already committed to not sign up making obamacare dead on arrival yay!

    November 27, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
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