Gallup poll shows widespread skepticism on ObamaCare costs, effects

posted at 3:35 pm on March 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

If Democrats really believe that ObamaCare will help them in the midterm elections, then the most recent Gallup survey will leave them disillusioned.  Americans remain just as skeptical as they have been for months on Democratic claims of cost effectiveness and improvements, both personally and to the system as a whole.  In fact, only 21% think the new law will improve their health care, while 50% believe it will make it worse:

One week after the passage of historic new healthcare legislation, Americans remain worried about the bill’s effect on costs — both for the nation as a whole and for them personally. A majority of Americans say healthcare costs in the U.S. and the federal budget deficit will get worse as a result of the bill. Half of Americans believe that healthcare costs for themselves and their families will get worse. …

In response to two broad questions about the impact of the bill, Americans clearly see more benefits from the bill for the country as a whole than for themselves personally. Even so, less than half of Americans say the benefit will be positive for the nation or themselves.

Americans’ views on the impact of the new healthcare legislation are quite similar to those measured last November.

ObamaCare scores best on whether it improves healthcare coverage in the nation in general and whether it will make Americans more healthy.  On both points, positive responses have a plurality, 44% and 40%, respectively.  Even on those points, though, they get outweighed when considering no change or worse in combination (53% and 59%, respectively).  On the remaining questions, the negative responses have the plurality, especially so on key talking points of Democrats.

  • Overall health-care costs in US will get worse (55%) rather than better (29%)
  • Quality of health care will decline (44%) rather than get better (34%)
  • The federal deficit will get worse under ObamaCare (61%) rather than improve (23%)

The worst numbers, at least politically speaking, come from the personal assessments of the respondents.  A majority of people believe that their health care costs will increase as a result of ObamaCare, while only 21% believe the costs will decrease.  More people think their coverage will get worse (34%) rather than better (24%), and that the quality of care they receive personally will decline (35%) rather than improve (21%).   There aren’t many voters that will trudge out to the polls to endorse the person who made their health care cost more and deliver less, and the people who feel that way will be more motivated to kick those politicians out of office than those who want to maintain the status quo.

There is one more piece of bad news for Democrats.  This is a poll of adults, not registered or likely voters, which would normally skew more towards liberal sensibilities.  If this is the sense of the general adult population, then the attitudes of voters will be even more dour than this.


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Obama’s dead cat bounce is coming true. I wonder when he will tell the Democrats …

tarpon on March 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

wait till the pain kicks in.

rob verdi on March 30, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Scepticism? It’s disgust!

Dhuka on March 30, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Off topic (just partially), this may be a parody but it is funny.

If real it is a good argument for private and parochial schools. And of course for not allowing criminals to immigrate into the country. Because of course that is the underlying theme of that play, the dark side of the American Dream!

H/T to Glenn Reynolds for finding this nugget of fun.

Mr. Joe on March 30, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Johnson had his credibity gap about Vietnam. Obama has a credibility canyon about everything he says.

BottomLine5 on March 30, 2010 at 3:39 PM

I was on another board today- one that is normally anything but political- and there was one lone voice about how awesome it is. The guy was getting hammered pretty badly.

I find it slightly amusing that Obama was telling the dems that they had to pass it to “save” his presidency. Haha!

cibolo on March 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM

If this is the sense of the general adult population, then the attitudes of voters will be even more dour than this.

Actually, the survey is for persons 18 years old or older, and Democrats consider people to be children until at least the mid-20s.

malclave on March 30, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Unexpected racism.

In other news, the racist economy is in the crapper too.

NoDonkey on March 30, 2010 at 3:43 PM

And the spin from the left will sound like this:

“Clearly polls show that Americans believe their healthcare costs will decrease and the quality will improve. That’s a fact.”

VibrioCocci on March 30, 2010 at 3:44 PM

I find it slightly amusing that Obama was telling the dems that they had to pass it to “save” his presidency. Haha!

cibolo on March 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Well, I think he was right in a way. To spend a year on health care and come away with nothing would be a humiliating defeat. At least he can claim he got something passed, even if it’s a disaster for the nation. It’s the same with Porkulus. It’s done nothing to help the economy and it’s added a trillion dollars in debt, but he can at least argue that he’s tried something.

I still think he’s in deep doodoo come 2012 since you can’t run for reelection on a platform of spending trillions with nothing to show for it. And telling the American people that at least it kept things from being worse isn’t reassuring.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 3:44 PM

I guess Obama’s most recent selling trip for Obamacare (after it was passed no less) has been as successful with the people as all the others.

This guys is some kind of super-genius…

catmman on March 30, 2010 at 3:45 PM

What is going to be interesting isn’t just the Doctors fees and such. It will also be the fees associated with supplies.

I am not talking medications, I am talking… cups, straws, linens, etc. Also, if anyone has had major surgury… what about the sedation costs? I am sure those are going to go through the roof.

upinak on March 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Just wait until all of the Democrats “goodies” and “non-costs” and “not-taxes” and “not-fees” and and “care-improvers” and “not-rationing-of-care” and “not-higher-costs” and unintended consequences and replacement costs, etc., kick in.

You ain’t seen NOTHING yet.

Good Lt on March 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Where’s that 10% BOUNCE that Clinton said Barry would get?

GarandFan on March 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

The Democrats abused their powers by passing an anti-constitutional law that was strongly opposed by the American people. The Democrats expect us to bend over when they say BOHICA and enjoy the experience. In November, these Dems will be in unemployment lines with the people who voted for them.

BottomLine5 on March 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

There is already a backlash building from the hundreds of thousands of people who work for companies like AT&T and others that have been informed their benefits will be cut and/or their jobs will be cut.

VibrioCocci on March 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM

There is already a backlash building from the hundreds of thousands of people who work for companies like AT&T and others that have been informed their benefits will be cut and/or their jobs will be cut.

VibrioCocci on March 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Don’t forget the consumer. The wife and I use AT&T for our cell phone plan. I’m sure we’ll see an increase in our bill in the months to come thanks to this debacle.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

dear leader needs to make just a few more speeches….yeah, that’s the ticket….

/s

cmsinaz on March 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Send the Dems the bill for this.

ted c on March 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

no doubt

cmsinaz on March 30, 2010 at 3:52 PM

There is already a backlash building from the hundreds of thousands of people who work for companies like AT&T and others that have been informed their benefits will be cut and/or their jobs will be cut.

VibrioCocci on March 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Boo effing hoo.

tetriskid on March 30, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Where’s that 10% BOUNCE that Clinton said Barry would get?

GarandFan on March 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

It’s headed south.

farright on March 30, 2010 at 3:54 PM

just wait until the innovation that drives the medical devices that make medicine better shrivels up. Because without the incentive to profit from a widget that will make grandma’s knee feel better, why would a company invest millions in its development? Thanks Obama. #@$& YOU!

search4truth on March 30, 2010 at 3:55 PM

And just think, Democrats, the higher premiums and Medicare cuts haven’t even shown up yet. Just wait until next year, when working people see their health insurance bills go up 30%, and granny’s medications no longer get paid for by Medicare. How much more popular is this POS law going to be then?

You idiots will be lucky if getting booted out of office is the worst thing that happens to you.

AZCoyote on March 30, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Poor choice of words by me… I do feel sorry for every single person that is losing their coverage and their jobs.

But they should have thought about this before it came to this.

tetriskid on March 30, 2010 at 3:56 PM

This skepticism is inherently racist in nature. /sarc

Anyone who sees Chrissy notice his hair style? Dye it black, and you’ll see Hitler wore his hair that same way. Not a congruence, mind you, but for sake of comedy.

Lefties come here all the times, defending this in ‘compassionate’ terms. But crr6 one posted we Con can kiss our freedoms goodbye, and laughed at that.

If a libtroll supporting Obow likes that idea, we can expect it. But, in the end, what does it say about Obow that crr6 is in full support of him?

Liam on March 30, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Sheik Yobooba needs to make mo’ speeches!

Akzed on March 30, 2010 at 3:58 PM

I would love to see this. (from VDH’s “As Predictable As the Sun Rising“):

We search for one honest man behind all this, just one. How wonderful if a Reid, Obama, or Pelosi for a moment would just come clean, if even in defiant fashion. Imagine:

“Some people screw up or are unlucky. We’re here to ensure they end up the same as you who don’t screw up or are luckier. We can’t say they are in any way culpable, so we blame either the system or you who are better off. The best way to level the playing field is to tax all we can, take our percentage, and redistribute the rest. Lots get hired to administer to even more. The rules don’t apply to ourselves, who are wealthy but not the targeted culpable. We know privately all this is not sustainable, but assume the better off will find a way to save themselves and thus us, before we bankrupt ourselves — after we are gone. And we don’t care really whether this is always legal, or fair, or workable, because we know it is moral and we are far more moral people than you.”

VibrioCocci on March 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Where’s that 10% BOUNCE that Clinton said Barry would get?

GarandFan on March 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

A sports court where Obow gets a handicap?

Liam on March 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

I’m taking a hiatus from here for awhile. Yesterday really sent me over the edge, and my BP doesn’t need this during Holy Week. Anyone wanting to find or contact me can click on my name.
Easter Blessings, all.

OmahaConservative on March 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

The federal deficit will get worse under ObamaCare (61%) rather than improve (23%)

My recommendation to the GOP would be to focus on spending\the deficits. These poll results show that this tactic wuold allow the GOP create the biggest tent for attracting voters in 2010.

WashJeff on March 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Poor choice of words by me… I do feel sorry for every single person that is losing their coverage and their jobs.

But they should have thought about this before it came to this.

tetriskid on March 30, 2010 at 3:56 PM

A lot of those people didn’t vote for Obama proven by the fact they have jobs.

Aviator on March 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

And that’s at the announced costs – can’t imagine this will be the first Government program that stays withing budget!

Wander on March 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM

There is already a backlash building from the hundreds of thousands of people who work for companies like AT&T and others that have been informed their benefits will be cut and/or their jobs will be cut.

VibrioCocci on March 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Boo effing hoo.

tetriskid on March 30, 2010 at 3:53 PM

I remember watching a town hall clip from last summer and seeing bussed in union members from communication companies intimidating the constituents. Hope this bites their union thug a$$es hard.

farright on March 30, 2010 at 4:01 PM

B+

cyclown on March 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

I remember watching a town hall clip from last summer and seeing bussed in union members from communication companies intimidating the constituents. Hope this bites their union thug a$$es hard.

farright on March 30, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Unfortunately, those people are usually not the rank and file workers. More likely they are thugs that work for the union as muscle.

Aviator on March 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

I am beginning to hope there will be a change in November. Democrats just went off the deep end with that majority of theirs. There were not enough Republicans to keep them in check.

Terrye on March 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM

So long as the costs increase and the quality of care decreases on white people , fine . That’s just how white folk will do you .

borntoraisehogs on March 30, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Pelousy’s advice is that we should all go out now and take business risks since our insurance coverage is portable. I am trying to team up with Ken Gladney to sell Gadsden flags at SEIU meetings.

It’s a great comfort to know that I’ll have insurance, as I am sure to need it in my new vocation.

GnuBreed on March 30, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Where’s that 10% BOUNCE that Clinton said Barry would get?

GarandFan on March 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

He reached the ObamaCare apogee a few days ago. He’s headed towards perigee now.

Nothing short of the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor again can save his legacy.

And I’m thrilled. (uh oh…I hope thats a muscle spasm and not a tingle….)

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 4:13 PM

The problem with public awareness regarding the claims that the health care legislation will reduce costs is that there is no mention of whose costs it’s purported to reduce.

Notwithstanding the mathematical contortions forced on the CBO by the Dems’ providing incomplete or cherry-picked figures, the CBO only estimates costs and savings as they apply to the federal government. Given that the so-called savings are dubious at best, even if they do somehow materialize, John Q. Public is not the beneficiary of such “savings”.

The plan adds billions (trillions, probably) in costs, but it balances those costs against cuts in present benefit programs and voluminous new taxes and fees on the citizenry. It’s a bit like your kid buying another video game system, and claiming that it’s not going to add to his costs because he got you to pay for it, either with cash from your pocket, or by you selling something you own or forgoing meals on Saturdays, for example, to get the cash.

Too many people hear “the plan will reduce costs”, and assume that their personal costs will go down. Nothing could be further from the truth.

LooseCannon on March 30, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Hey I have an idea…

… Why don’t we pass OmowmaCare first, then find out what’s in it after it is the law of the land!

… Who’s with me?

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Where’s that 10% BOUNCE that Clinton said Barry would get?GarandFan on March 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

In Cuba.

Electrongod on March 30, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Terrye on March 30, 2010 at 4:04 PM

The Dems have realistically burned out their talking points. They played every race card in the deck, and their game is all but done. At this stage, were this Poker, their collective bluff is being called.

You can see it in the eyes of Matthews and Olbermann, when they get nailed on their ‘reports’. They postured themselves for years–they and others–as being part of the winning team. Notice now, though, the set of their faces when they are shut down in conversations. After going too far, they have no place else to where they can retreat.

O-Care is NOT popular among the unwashed fornicating masses. In increasing numbers, the proletariat is NOT happy. There are no bread and circuses here.

The only ones not getting that are the die-hard trolls who come here only to mess up our site, as one libs admitted.

Dave Rywall basically told a Latina she doesn’t use an “American” moniker–an attempt, I opine, was meant to devalue her as a Latina, an American, and a Conservative. In short, Rywall tried to devalue everything about RepubChica including her opinion. Some fracking liberal…

Jimbo3 has said, in a thread, he will rat you out to Federal authorities if you don’t pay your O-Care fees.

See what we’re up against? Thankfully, they are a mere few.

Liam on March 30, 2010 at 4:21 PM

If I may make a suggestion to all my P’d off American cousins.

Why not put small, election-style signs on your front lawns that simply state “I’ll remember in November”.

Then as people go about their regular business they will see that they are not alone in their outrage. As people travel about the States during their summer holidays they will see that familiar reminder from like-minded citizens. It will also be a testament to the lamestream media’s belittlement of citizen’s anger and their commitment to oust the current reps that voted for the healthcare abomination.

caygeon on March 30, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Where’s that 10% BOUNCE that Clinton said Barry would get?

GarandFan on March 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

It was there in Rasmussen last week–Barry went from -20 to -10, and he has now faded to lucky -13.

ObamaCare is like the Titanic–the biggest sinker ever built.

Things are going swimmingly for Teh One. Blub, blub, like the rest of us.

Steve Z on March 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Hey I have an idea…

… Why don’t we pass OmowmaCare first, then find out what’s in it after it is the law of the land!

… Who’s with me?

Nancy Pelosi!

Steve Z on March 30, 2010 at 4:34 PM

He reached the ObamaCare apogee a few days ago. He’s headed towards perigee now.

More like Uranus.

Aviator on March 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

There is a “I bet we can find 1,000,000 people who disapprove of the health care plan” page on Facebook that is approaching 1.25 million fans. It was launched on March 15. At one point, I saw it gain over 8,000 fans in just one hour.

A Facebook page for those who approve was around 30,000. There are multiple pages for both approve and disapprove, but these are the two with the highest numbers.

I know it is unscientific, but the above shows how people feel. It should be very ugly for the dems in November.

behiker on March 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM

21% believe the costs will decrease

More people think their coverage will get worse (34%) rather than better (24%), and that the quality of care they receive personally will decline (35%) rather than improve (21%).

(emphasis added)

Confirmed: as many as 24% of American adults believe in the tooth fairy.

BuckeyeSam on March 30, 2010 at 4:52 PM

There is a “I bet we can find 1,000,000 people who disapprove of the health care plan” page on Facebook that is approaching 1.25 million fans. It was launched on March 15. At one point, I saw it gain over 8,000 fans in just one hour.

A Facebook page for those who approve was around 30,000. There are multiple pages for both approve and disapprove, but these are the two with the highest numbers.

I know it is unscientific, but the above shows how people feel. It should be very ugly for the dems in November.

behiker on March 30, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Here is the link to the FB group

tetriskid on March 30, 2010 at 4:54 PM

If a libtroll supporting Obow likes that idea, we can expect it. But, in the end, what does it say about Obow that crr6 is in full support of him?

Liam on March 30, 2010 at 3:57 PM

It says a lot more about 6 than it says about Captain Utopia. 6 is to Obama as gilligan was to the skipper.

Utterly dependent for those things survival related – food, water, manufactured instinct, imported thought, revisionist history, obfuscation, engineered repugnance, engrained sanctimoniousness, embraced self loathing, yearning guilt and a lack of self esteem profound enough to allow for the execution of grand scale projection.

Apparently, it is now obligatory for me to clarify that my use of the “emphasized” word in the previous sentence was not intended to suggest that all libtards be lined up against a wall, blindfolded, than summarily shot for, say – treason. It is just a word folks and I found it online in a thesaurus that was thoroughly vetted by the appropriate government agencies.

In the world that Constitutionalists petition for, obamabots fare not well.

The almost humorous aspect of this demonstration of theirs is that history (actual history for the purposes of this discussion) is replete with examples of the useful idiots being the first to go if and when the “ism” du jour accedes.

oldfiveanddimer on March 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM

oldfiveanddimer on March 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM

However it works out, their liberalism can’t pay for a comic book.

Six thinks she’s spiting us with Obow but, in the end, she’ll pay just as much as we are. And, if this is indeed socialism, parasites on the State get removed first. You know that ‘useful idiots’ thing well as I do.

No matter, in the end. I want to hear liberals simper, whine, and cry about their fair share after they’ gone to college and don’t get all they expected. They think they’ll have an easy life, but it won’t happen. I can picture them slaving hard as our parents did, for about a 30% result. Our parents–your and mine–worked hard and owned houses.

Thanks to the libs’ Obow, they’ll be lucky to ‘keep’ $1.50 for every ten dollars they earn.

Imagine that–you make $50K a year but live no better than someone earning $17K. And then there was the time that $17K a year was ‘big money’!

Liam on March 30, 2010 at 5:06 PM

“Pissing down your neck and calling it rain since 2008″

mojo on March 30, 2010 at 5:09 PM

I just heard Biden on tv. I couldn’t watch, but he in his own way explains this crap, over Deans comments that this is wealth redistribution.

He (Biden) said…it’s about fairness. Especially to those making $45,000 a year, or less. Now I do sympathize with peoples predicaments, but this bill isn’t going to help those making that, or less, or even those making above that, and up. Unless you’re completely, independently wealthy, where you have enough, that you can live off of interests….this crap is going to hurt.

If Biden thinks things should be fair, then why in the hell are so many like him exempt?

capejasmine on March 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM

I just heard Biden on tv. I couldn’t watch, but he in his own way explains this crap, over Deans comments that this is wealth redistribution.

He (Biden) said…it’s about fairness. Especially to those making $45,000 a year, or less. Now I do sympathize with peoples predicaments, but this bill isn’t going to help those making that, or less, or even those making above that, and up. Unless you’re completely, independently wealthy, where you have enough, that you can live off of interests….this crap is going to hurt.

If Biden thinks things should be fair, then why in the hell are so many like him exempt?

capejasmine on March 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM

You make things fair by creating a climate in which EVERYONE can prosper. What Obama is doing is trickle-up poverty. No one will be better off, but he thinks they’ll believe they are because so many others will be worse off. And he further believes that the middle class he is destroying will join the lower classes in desiring massive government welfare. He’s wrong, as usual.

Rational Thought on March 30, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Don’t forget the consumer. The wife and I use AT&T for our cell phone plan. I’m sure we’ll see an increase in our bill in the months to come thanks to this debacle.

Doughboy on March 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Yeah, my AT&T plan ended a long while back and I’m just coasting along month to month. I was thinking about upgrading from cellular voice to data. Gonna have to price the market after this dust settles and see who I should switch to. If they go up overall, I’ll just pass on mobile data and stick to home based broadband.

AH_C on March 30, 2010 at 7:11 PM

This President is a sneering punk. He can lick my feet.

disa on March 30, 2010 at 8:27 PM

What Obama is doing is trickle-up poverty.

More like a huge sucking roar.

disa on March 30, 2010 at 8:28 PM

There was a saying in the Navy: “Don’t piss on my foot and call it Chanel No.5″.

I foresee the time when older women will be denied hip replacement surgery as it is not cost effective in that the one group needing hip replacement surgery is older women.

Dhuka on March 30, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Less than 1% of America knows what is in the Law.
Less than 3% of those ion Congress and the Senate know what is in the Law or read the Bill.

90% of America will be outraged when they find out and have to pay for this travesty unless the New Congress and Senate vote to repeal it and replace it with actual reforms if we still have an economy by then. The other 10% or less will be outraged because they could not get something for nothing.

old trooper2 on March 31, 2010 at 9:11 AM