Poll: Obamacare at its most unpopular

posted at 5:30 pm on August 30, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The latest Kaiser health tracking poll shows Obamacare continues to be the first entitlement program ever to be roundly (and rightly) rejected by the American people at the outset. The Washington Examiner’s Conn Carroll has more:

Only 39% of those surveyed have a favorable view of the law, two points below the previous nadir of 41% first set in May 2010. Forty-four percent of Americans have an unfavorable view. …

A plurality of Americans, 47%, believe the law “won’t make much difference” in their own lives while 31% believe it will help and 14% say it will hurt. Asked how the law would help, a respondent told Kaiser, “Coverage will be available to me and my family.” A respondent who believed the law would hurt explained that the law is “going to increase taxes a whole lot and make it difficult to find a job and take more paperwork and take decisions out of doctors [hands].”

Importantly, the poll tracks the views of those without health insurance — the very people the law aims to help.

The poll also showed awareness of the law’s key provisions has declined.

“With health reform somewhat less in the news as the debt ceiling debate took center stage, there has been a decline in public awareness about provisions that advocates have touted as key benefits of health reform,” the summary states. That’s an important indictment of the failure of the GOP to rhetorically link Obamacare repeal to debt and deficit reduction. Precisely because the debt ceiling debate took center stage, Obamacare should have received more attention, not less. Yes, the introduction of Obamacare and the need for repeal into the debt ceiling debate would have made agreement on a deal even more difficult to achieve, but, in light of just how profoundly PPACA will add to the deficit, the discussion should still have taken place. Repeal might not be politically possible until Republicans retake the Senate and White House, but the case for repeal needs to be made at every stage leading up to that for both political and practical reasons, as the ongoing unpopularity of the law and the decreasing awareness of its key provisions attest.

Update: Guy Benson explores concerns that Republicans aren’t as strong on “replace” as they are on “repeal” and features a proposed remedy for that.


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But Lichtman says Obama will win.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2011 at 5:32 PM

..probably coincides with his massive decline in the past three months.

The War Planner on August 30, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Repeal that clunker.

Chip on August 30, 2011 at 5:33 PM

This can’t be right – Lichtman says it is the key to re-election for Barry.

Vashta.Nerada on August 30, 2011 at 5:35 PM

judge a man by his fruit….this one’s a loser.

ted c on August 30, 2011 at 5:35 PM

RomneyCare.

Knucklehead on August 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM

And Kaiser is an advocate for Obamacare. I don’t have time to go through this one now, but their samples have been bad in the past and their wording of questions is suspect – mentioning ‘benefits’ without cost or consequences, and ask if people approve.

forest on August 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

“With health reform somewhat less in the news as the debt ceiling debate took center stage, there has been a decline in public awareness about provisions that advocates have touted as key benefits of health reform,”

That is just plain stupid. One day a person is aware of the provisions in a law that has not changed and then the next day you are not?

NotCoach on August 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Vashta.Nerada on August 30, 2011 at 5:35 PM

You have to admit that AP is good at yanking everyone’s chain.

Chip on August 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

If you’re 72, no cancer treatment, right out of the bill. By the time it gets implemented it will be “if you’re 65″.

Yet, there are “no death panels”. Mh huh.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

You have to admit that AP is good at yanking everyone’s chain.

Chip on August 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

He’s a good one, witty like no other, best sarcasm in the business, and looks out for HA business. He deserves another raise.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2011 at 5:39 PM

How can free health care possibly be unpopular? It’s FREE you teabagging cretins!

Chuck Schick on August 30, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Wait just a minute there. After his awesome victory in passing the Lilly Ledbetter Act how could people be down on ObamaCare? This guy is pure legislative gold with these two stunning achievements. Oh, and Dodd-Frank. If he didn’t accomplish anything else…/s

People still aren’t aware of what has been done. But they are quickly learning.

DanMan on August 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM

THIS IS A LIE!

Nancy said people ‘would grow to love and embrace ObamaCare’!

Well, except for the 1600+ organizations that supported it’s passage and now are getting 3 year waivers (do I hear 5? – 7?) from it.

GarandFan on August 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM

judge a man by his fruit….this one’s a loser.

ted c

Watch your language, buddy!

Sincerely yours,

Larry Sinclair

honsy on August 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM

here’s a real nice interview with Walter Williams…as usual, telling the truth about the US and our current political situation:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/walter-williams-2012-election-and-sound-money

r keller on August 30, 2011 at 5:56 PM

*crickets chirping*
-lsm

cmsinaz on August 30, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I used to pay $600/mo for my coverage. Then Obamacare came along. Now the same coverage is $692. With an added bonus of a higher deductible and an increased in co-pay for Dr. visits from $25 to $30.

Obama can talk all he wants about lowering costs. People see reality when they get the insurance renewals in the mail.

angryed on August 30, 2011 at 6:08 PM

A plurality of Americans, 47%, believe the law “won’t make much difference” in their own lives while 31% believe it will help…

There’s no cure for stupid.

GrannyDee on August 30, 2011 at 6:12 PM

If or when the thousands of yet-to-be-seen provisions of Obamacare go into effect, only 1% will have a favorable view. But by then it will be too late.

We must sweep the 2012 elections bigtime and kill this albatross.

fogw on August 30, 2011 at 6:12 PM

If you’re 72, no cancer treatment, right out of the bill. By the time it gets implemented it will be “if you’re 65″.

Yet, there are “no death panels”. Mh huh.

Schadenfreude on August 30, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I believe you but can you give me a link or a reference.

redeye on August 30, 2011 at 6:23 PM

* Although estimates are that 32 million uninsured Americans will gain coverage under the ACA, only about half of non-elderly Americans currently without coverage say they are familiar with the chief components in the law designed to achieve this goal.
* Perhaps because awareness of these coverage expansions is low, nearly half (47%) of the uninsured do not expect to be affected at all by the health reform law, either positively or negatively.

The results of this poll suggest that if the public (especially uninsured Americans) were better informed about the benefits that they would receive, that support would increase.

aunursa on August 30, 2011 at 6:50 PM

The results of this poll suggest that if the public (especially uninsured Americans) were better informed about the benefits that they would receive, that support would increase.

aunursa on August 30, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Then how come surveys consistently show that more familiarity with the Obamacare monstrosity results in LESS support??

Those who actually read the law will discover (among many other outrages) that:

1. Obamacare destroys medical privacy: it effectively wipes out HIPPA protections.

2. The Obamacare allows the government to decide what you owe and to withdraw any amount of money they deem appropriate out of your bank accounts without your permission: you have NO right of prior notice and NO right to sue, so a simple bureaucratic mistake (or a deliberate act) can irrevocably bankrupt you and your family.

3. Obamacare puts unelected bureaucrats in charge of deciding whether treatment of your health problem is “worth it” to them (YOU and your family and your doctor don’t count)!!!

The more you read it, the more you will hate it. There are no real “benefits”: it just increases costs for everyone and puts government in total charge of your life.

OBAMACARE MUST BE TOTALLY REPEALED!!! IT CANNOT BE FIXED WITHOUT COMPLETELY WIPING OUT THE ORIGINAL UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND DESTRUCTIVE LAW FIRST!!!

landlines on August 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM

An Obamacare thread and no crr? Did she get banned?

CW on August 30, 2011 at 8:09 PM

An Obamacare thread and no crr? Did she get banned?

CW on August 30, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I think she ran out of arguments; never had any facts.

Maybe she’s not a 30%’er.

BobMbx on August 30, 2011 at 9:05 PM

My GP of 5 years, suddenly and unexpectedly, resigned from the practice he was employed at according to the letter we received from the practice, itself a large area conglomerate. My wife and I were forced to scramble for a new GP which the practice helpfully identified for us. New doc is just down the road… Hmmm. Our trusted GP, was he an early Obamacare casualty? Was he too effective AND COSTLY for the practice and so pushed out? Is the new doctor, just that, new and unexperienced and CHEAPER for the conglomerate?

Dandapani on August 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Quite a timely report. By timely, I see this is a direct result of larger and larger numbers of U.S. that have finished reading it.

I finished it only about a week after it was published (speed reading was worth it) and agree Obama Care is an insult to the integrity of U.S. and has a goal counter to the public good and health and safety.

MSGTAS on August 31, 2011 at 10:31 AM