Another poll: Nope, ObamaCare’s popularity still not improving

posted at 1:21 pm on September 17, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

On Monday, Ed summarized three separate new polls from NBC/WSJ, Pew, and Rasmussen all attesting to Americans’ generally unfavorable opinions of ObamaCare and just how big of a challenge the Obama administration is facing in persuading enough people to sign up for the exchanges over the six month enrollment period beginning on October 1st.

Another Fox News poll released today reports several of the same findings, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars the administration, blue states, and supporting groups are spending on promoting the heck out of it:

Nearly 7 out of 10 voters are concerned about their personal health care under the Affordable Care Act and a majority wants to take the health care system back to 2009, according to the latest Fox News national poll.

The poll, released Tuesday, finds that 68 percent of voters are concerned about their health care under the new system.  That includes 43 percent “very” concerned and another 25 percent “somewhat” concerned.

The number feeling concerned is more than twice that of those who are unworried (31 percent).

Even a 56-percent majority of Democrats feels concerned (31 percent “very” concerned).  By comparison, 72 percent of independents and 77 percent of Republicans feel that way. …

The poll found that the comparatively least concerned age demographic was the under-30 crowd, and that even so, 60 percent of that group are still worried about the situation. They certainly should be worried, because ObamaCare is going to largely rely on young people purchasing more expensive health care plans that outsize their actual health care needs. The system needs them to counteract the inherently riskier insurance pools that ObamaCare creates, and young people’s relatively lackadaisical concern about health care and having insurance is exactly what the White House has been so fiercely trying to combat lately.

The poll also concludes that a consensus of 54 percent would prefer going back to the pre-2010 health care system, with only 35 percent wanting to keep the new law in place, and that President Obama’s personal handling of the matter isn’t faring much better:

An all-time high 58 percent of voters disapprove of how Obama’s handling of health care.  That includes a third of Democrats (33 percent), two-thirds of independents (65 percent) and a large 83-percent majority of Republicans.

Only 38 percent approve of the job the president is doing on health care, a mere one point above the low of 37 percent he hit on the issue in February 2010 when Democrats were still busily jamming the law through Congress without a single bipartisan vote. Ouch.


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7 in 10 hate it.

Warren Buffet wants it gone.

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Even the low lives who will get subsidized hate it because it has cut their part time hours at whatever burger shack they work at.

abobo on September 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

If the gop doesn’t get off it’s lazy butt and grow a pair to deal with this then there’s a gonna be big trouble.

HomeoftheBrave on September 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

and just think what the % would be if the Obama-slurping, knee pad media was to report the concerns now being expressed by Obamabots such as AFL/CIO, Big Pharma, etc…..

hillsoftx on September 17, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Well then, the beatings will just have to continue.

rbj on September 17, 2013 at 1:28 PM

If the American people do not like liberal programs being forced onto them, the US President has a duty to act and implement his Utopian fantasy anyway.

BobMbx on September 17, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Another poll: Nope, ObamaCare’s popularity still not improving

More messaging!

HEADWINDS!

W’s fault!

More gun control is needed!

Gatsu on September 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

All congress/senate critters who are exempt, out, out, out.

NO laws should exempt those who make them, none.

These are Russian thugs, no less, incl. obama.

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Just wait until the first really big waves of implementation start, and when the IRS starts whacking people next year for failing to do their duty for the Fatherland.

And of course there are the townhalls in which the serfs get to ask the royalty: “You told us this scheme is the greatest invention since the wheel…so uh…why did you vote to exempt all of Congress and also your family members from participating in it?”

Bishop on September 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

First Rule of Statist Club:

I don’t give a shit what the People think, or want.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

“Seperate but equal” healthcare.

acyl72 on September 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

So essentially the lazy stupid coward and his party is intent on forcing bad policy on Americans for their own good?

Obama to Americans: Drop Dead! (literally)

Happy Nomad on September 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

De-fund, then repeal and start over. That is the solution. We did not want it, did not need it, and it is too expensive. Turning our country into part time employees, which means less taxes flowing into the Treasury. All spells it was the wrong thing to pass only by the Democrats.

Amazingoly on September 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

A little honesty goes a long way. If you’re a Republican, it goes a long way in the other direction. If you’re a donkey it goes a long way but only in YOUR OWN MIND.

Indie is where it’s at. Be free with me.

Republicans like the 2010 health care law better when it’s called by its proper name — the Affordable Care Act — instead of Obamacare, according to a new Fox News poll.

Republican support for the law jumped eight percent, from 14 percent for Obamacare to 22 percent for the Affordable Care Act, when pollsters revised the question’s language.

Overall support increased from 34 percent to 39 percent with the change. Democratic support moved one percent; independent support rose four percent.

So 22% of Republicans support Obamacare Affordable Care Act.

Also, donkeys are only unhappy in that they want more government control of their lives. Why are you pretending that they don’t want free health care.

Independents leaned Republican because of the strength of George W Bush and America’s resolve after 9/11. But now that Republicans went full racist Independents want nothing to do with them in elections.

VA women support Dems by a margin of 20 percent. VIRGINIA. There is no way that happens without Republicans wanding women’s uterus and burning bridges crosses between them and minorities.

anchorchick on September 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

First Rule of Statist Club:

I don’t give a shit what the People think, or want.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Na,

PRETEND to give a sh!t during election time. Get elected. THEN don’t give a sh!t.

That is the only rule.

Gatsu on September 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

What do people hate more? Obamacare or a government “shutdown?” GOP seems to think that it is clearly and unquestionably a “shutdown.” Because 1995 or something.

besser tot als rot on September 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

No Penalty for Employers Not Telling Employees About Obamacare

Employers will not face a penalty if they fail to inform their workers by Oct 1 about changes under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the administration said, in what will likely come as a relief to many small businesses.

The federal government is requiring businesses to notify employees about the new health insurance marketplaces created by the law that are set to start enrolling millions of Americans beginning Oct 1.

Employers are also required to inform employees that they may be able to get lower-cost insurance on the exchanges, but if they buy insurance on the exchange, they may lose their employer contribution.

Media reports have said that many small businesses had been unaware of the requirement, and therefore were at risk of potential penalties.

A notice posted on the Department of Labor’s website on Wednesday said employers cannot be fined for failing to provide such notice.

“If your company is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, it should provide a written notice to its employees about the Health Insurance Marketplace by October 1, 2013, but there is no fine or penalty under the law for failing to provide the notice,” the Labor Department said, under the heading “FAQ on Notice of Coverage Options.”

Businesses covered by the FLSA have annual sales of at least $500,000.

A Labor Department spokesperson confirmed on Thursday that businesses faced no consequences for missing the deadline. Asked why the department posted the notice, the spokesperson said: “The reason all the FAQs go out is to provide further clarity.”

Some labor attorneys had been speculating that businesses that miss the deadline would face fines of $100 day per worker, in line with other penalties under the Affordable Care Act, said John Barlament, an employee benefits attorney with the firm Quarles & Brady.

“It’s helpful for employers to have that clarification,” Barlament said. “There was some uncertainty before about whether or not there was a penalty.”

Barlament said most large employers were aware of the notification requirement.

“But among smaller clients you do see a little bit less awareness of this, and some of them probably would have been caught a little flat-footed here,” Barlament said.

Akzed on September 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

They can’t make it work.

Akzed on September 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Now that the failed teenage hire has been counseled (told no) by his boss (the American people over Syria)……it may get really really ugly.

He may his boss back by sabotaging him (Executive order on guns, committing “advisers” to Syria, shutting down the government indefinitely until the gop caves or throws Cruz out of the party, etc.)

Put NOTHING past him.

PappyD61 on September 17, 2013 at 1:54 PM

What do people hate more? Obamacare or a government “shutdown?” GOP seems to think that it is clearly and unquestionably a “shutdown.” Because 1995 or something.

besser tot als rot on September 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

What the people like or hate has nothing to do with this. Nothing. I repeat NOTHING.

All the GOP leadership cares about is not losing their power and the perqs of office. Which is another thing entirely.

Happy Nomad on September 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

PRETEND to give a sh!t during election time. Get elected. THEN don’t give a sh!t.

That is the only rule.

Gatsu on September 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Yeah and around January of an election year, hold some really contentious hearings where everybody pretends it is something other than show for the folks back home. Suddenly give interviews to media. Stick with an agenda where controversial issues are tabled to meaningless process. Get re-elected. And the cycle begins again.

Happy Nomad on September 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM

De-fund, then repeal and start over.

Amazingoly on September 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

One step to many. De-fund, then repeal.

DarkCurrent on September 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

But now that Republicans went full racist Independents want nothing to do with them in elections.

VA women support Dems by a margin of 20 percent. VIRGINIA. There is no way that happens without Republicans wanding women’s uterus and burning bridges crosses between them and minorities.

anchorchick

Excuse me? I’m an independent voter and I don’t know WTF are you talking about? Who in the Republican party has gone “full racist”? You must be a very ignorant lofo indeed. Thank God you stumbled upon Hot Air or you would continue with your mainstream media misinformed opinion until you die! Idiot.

JAM on September 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

More messaging!

HEADWINDS!

W’s fault!

More gun control is needed!

Gatsu on September 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Say, wasn’t there an earthquake in Japan recently? That too.

iurockhead on September 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM

anchorchick on September 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM


FrOaud.

MontanaMmmm on September 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Back in 2009 I told my officemate that the Progressive plans for the healthcare system must take into account the fact that 80+ percent of the population was happy with their healthcare. The system wasn’t perfect but it was better than the alternative. He, and other supporters of government run healthcare are getting a personal lesson on the truth of that statement. Obamacare and its follow-on of single payer divides the country into first world healthcare for the 5% that makes up the Progressive class and third world healthcare for the 95%. Until now the Progressive class has convinced 30% of the people who make up their base that each and everyone of them is in the 5%. One by one each component of the Democratic Party coalition is waking up to the fact that they are destined for the masses and not the elite.

jerryofva on September 17, 2013 at 2:08 PM

anchorchick:

So let me rephrase your comment. You are ok with Kermit Gosnell killing women and snipping the spines of babies born alive because to otherwise object you would be usupring the peoples’ rights and freedoms.

So does this mean that you are in favor of ending the government’s regulation of medicine? Isn’t that interfering with the peoples’ rights and freedoms too?

jerryofva on September 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Affordable as a word tests better.

But Affordable is not what the act is. Unaffordable is what it is, and when people are told that it will in fact increase our healthcare expense problem and still not cover 30 million people, it fares worse. As it should.

Zomcon JEM on September 17, 2013 at 2:13 PM

You know you are in trouble when you can’t implement your own bad policy.

Loves me some Bobby Jindal.

jukin3 on September 17, 2013 at 2:15 PM

You think ObamaCare is unpopular now, just wait until next April 15th and all those folks have to pay a FINE…..er…..”tax” for not buying something.

I can hardly wait for the day when the politicians declare that I’m not doing enough to stimulate the economy by making purchases. Therefore I’ll be “taxed” for NOT buying a new car every 3 years.

GarandFan on September 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM

14 days until the train wreck begins.

MichaelGabriel on September 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM

If the Republicans can’t make this a winner, there’s really no reason to elect a Republican next time around. THey’ve had over 2 years to get this done and because of a failure of leadership, it’s still sitting there. Now, they’re waiting and waiting with, what they call a last ditch effort, which leadership says will fail, and for what? A leader would have the caucus united on a plan, not necessarily this plan, but a plan. Boehner is not a leader.

bflat879 on September 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

More messaging!

HEADWINDS!

W’s fault!

More gun control is needed!

Gatsu on September 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Say, wasn’t there an earthquake in Japan recently? That too.

iurockhead on September 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM

ATMs

Kiosks

NoFanofLibs on September 17, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Anchorchick is liveenslavedandie’s female counterpart.

OR, could actually be liveenslavedandie???????????

Barred on September 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Almost 7 in 10 Americans think that their health care will be worse under Robertobamacare….and Republican elites — both pols and pundits — think that Republicans aren’t smart enough to “message” this? Talk about low expectations.

The entire country — blue states, red states — is opposed to this…and instead of figuring out a way to get rid of it, to defund it, that fool Cantor is sending out emails noting that immigration still needs to be fixed!!

The Republican leadership should fire every “advisor” and “consultant” they have. They should hire a few interns to listen to conservative talk radio, write it down, to read the posts and comments at conservative web sites and summarize those.

After studying the intern summaries, Boehner, Cantor, and McCarthy might be well-enough informed to formulate a strategy for making liberals mad instead of making the base mad!!!!!!

EastofEden on September 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM

The poll found that the comparatively least concerned age demographic was the under-30 crowd, and that even so, 60 percent of that group are still worried about the situation. They certainly should be worried, because ObamaCare is going to largely rely on young people purchasing more expensive health care plans that outsize their actual health care needs.

A sizeable majority of the “under-30 crowd”, if that means adults between 18 and 29 years old, are under-26 “children” who can get health care on Mommy and Daddy’s plan, if Obamacare doesn’t force their parents out of their employer-paid health insurance plan. So the under-26 crowd probably LIKES Obamacare, and the 26-to-29 age group probably figures they can pay the fine (or Roberts tax!) and only worry if they get sick, which most of them don’t at their age.

It’s only when people get married and have children that they start worrying, “who will take care of my kids if I get sick or get hit by a bus?”, and think about getting health insurance, and most of these people are over 30.

So we can’t expect under-26 kids on their parents’ plans to sign up for Obamacare on their own (why should they?) or the “invincible generation” of unmarried 20-somethings or 30-somethings to buy health insurance. It was these young, irresponsible people who voted Obama into office, and responsible Americans will be stuck with the bill.

Steve Z on September 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM