WaPo/ABC: 62% don’t have enough info on ObamaCare after 3 years

posted at 10:41 am on September 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This chart from the new Washington Post/ABC poll on ObamaCare’s rollout tells most of its story in one glance:

wapo-abc-chart-o-careThat’s not all of the story, however.  Almost twice as many people who have noticed changes in the health-care system after ObamaCare’s passage see more negative than positive:

More than three years after Obamacare was signed into law and fewer than two weeks before its health insurance exchanges are to launch, many Americans don’t know a lot about the pending changes except this: They don’t much like them.

Sixty-two percent in a new ABC News-Washington Post poll say they lack the information needed to understand the changes that will take effect as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. Barely one in 10, moreover, thinks the federal government, their state government or the health insurance industry is fully prepared to implement the law. …

More people say the law has had negative rather than positive effects so far, although many as yet see no impact. Thirty-six percent, for example, say it’s worsened the health care system overall, vs. 19 percent who see improvement. The rest, 39 percent, see no effect.

Many more, about six in 10 Americans (55 to 63 percent), say the law so far has had no effect on them personally, their health care costs, insurance coverage or care experiences. But among those who do report an impact, it’s more apt to be negative. Thirty-three percent report negative effects on their costs, 25 percent on their coverage and 22 percent on the quality of their care. Positive effects, by contrast, are reported by only about one in 10 in each case.

The 52% level of opposition to the law is the highest level since April 2012 in this polling series.  Among independents, the law only get a 42/54, slightly higher opposition than the overall population.  A majority of opponents to the law would support a government shutdown (52%), but that amounts to just 27% overall.

The demos have a couple of intriguing data points.  The support level among women is much lower than among men, 38% and 46% respectively, which caught the pollster by surprise:

Support for the law is greater among men than women; while 46 percent of men support, it that drops to 38 percent of women. That’s somewhat surprising, in that women are more likely to be Democrats; on the other hand women also are more frequent users of the health care system, so may feel more at risk. …

And notably, the law’s support is weak even among African-Americans, probably Obama’s single most loyal support group. Eighty-seven percent of blacks approve of Obama’s job performance overall. But just 48 percent support his signature health care law.

This hints at huge trouble for Democrats in 2014 if this rollout continues as we have seen thus far.  Women and African-Americans are big keys to Democratic hopes of holding the Senate in the midterm elections.  Those demos didn’t punish Obama for ObamaCare in 2012, but Obama’s not going to be on the ticket in 2o14.  Pushing the exchanges in the midst of the confusion, opposition, and unreadiness of today will further alienate these voters, who might not switch en masse to the GOP but could very well stay home in November 2014.


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Thank GOD they’re not voting on it!

WryTrvllr on September 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

More than three years after Obamacare was signed into law and fewer than two weeks before its health insurance exchanges are to launch, many Americans don’t know a lot about the pending changes except this: They don’t much like them.

You’ll find out what’s in it after you are enrolled.

Mr. Bingley on September 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

You’ll find out what’s in it after you are enrolled.

Mr. Bingley on September 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Bumper Sticker of the Day.

AesopFan on September 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

This hints at huge trouble for Democrats in 2014 if this rollout continues as we have seen thus far.

And this is the ONLY way you’ll get Democrats to put on the brakes. Fearing the backlash of the mid-term elections.

They put off changes that were scheduled to occur in Medicare in October 2012, just weeks before the election. You don’t want pissed-off seniors going to the polls. Those changes will now take effect in late October of this year.

GarandFan on September 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Yet the stupid Tea Party Republicans want to stand in the way of Obama being forced to ‘Faithfully Executing’ this cluster *#%&. and driving disgruntled voters to the republican side in 2014.

meci on September 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

So Ed, I take it that you’re supporting Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in the effort to save America from this job-killing, income-lowering, future-threatening crap sandwich, right?

beatcanvas on September 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Many people probably don’t realize the already huge impact ObamaCare has had on their lives because it isn’t reported in the MSM. We are well on our way to becoming a part-time nation, and it’s all thanks to ObamaCare.

NotCoach on September 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM

This hints at huge trouble for Democrats in 2014 if this rollout continues as we have seen thus far.

How? The controlling liberal wing of the GOPe is hell-bent on destroying that party through an ongoing ideological civil war. That thus far is the only reason why the Dems haven’t fallen off into political oblivion.

Myron Falwell on September 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

People may not know what the law will do, but they will know what it doesn’t do when they are declined care due to rationing.

But so long as our merciful godking is Prez, it won’t matter.

Gatsu on September 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

According to Obama the polls and the opinions of Americans don’t count for squat…

“Fifty-two percent believe the law will raise their health care costs. Is everybody wrong?” he asks.

“Yes,” Obama said, laughing. “They are.”

http://www.newsmax.com/US/obamacare-majority-americans-wrong/2013/09/18/id/526298

Nuff’ said… Moderators… Obama requests that you lock this thread.

Walter L. Newton on September 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

LOL, the dems and gop socialist control the voting machines and computers that count the votes along with the polling companies that take polls. 2014 won’t change anything. The ruling class won’t allow it. If you want proof just look at 2010 and 2012, along with the latest fake effort to defund Marxist care, and the effort just getting underway to destroy Ted Cruz.

bgibbs1000 on September 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Yet the stupid Tea Party Republicans want to stand in the way of Obama being forced to ‘Faithfully Executing’ this cluster *#%&. and driving disgruntled voters to the republican side in 2014.

meci on September 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

And there were surrender-minded GOPers who thought the same thing in 1936 as the tentacles of the New Deal were being rolled out. (“Yeah, let’s let this Social Security thing go forward, fail, and then a whole lot of voters will be back on our side!”)

When has government actually gotten SMALLER in the past 100+ years of the Progressive/Socialist era?

I rest my case.

Myron Falwell on September 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM

I find it highlarious the LSM and their talking heads keep screaming that obamacare is the law of the land and to suck it up GOP but it is OK for dear leader to NOT follow the immigration laws and other laws he deems not worthy

They keep indicating that this was passed with bipartisan support so get over it

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

100% could be against the law and Obama will push it anyway.This is his dream legacy.It will always be a good law to him and his lappers.

docflash on September 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

They keep indicating that this was passed with bipartisan support so get over it

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Because GOPer Joseph Cao voted for it… before he voted against it.

Myron Falwell on September 20, 2013 at 11:06 AM

last week I cared.

This week I’m back to “let it burn”…who is John Galt?

Deafdog on September 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Washington elite need to get out more

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

The victory of the low info voter is complete…

Khun Joe on September 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

It’d be interesting to know who are the 35% who say they have adequate information.

Is that 35% mostly among those who oppose or among those who support the law?

Deafdog on September 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

With ya deafdog

LIB

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Yet the stupid Tea Party Republicans want to stand in the way of Obama being forced to ‘Faithfully Executing’ this cluster *#%&. and driving disgruntled voters to the republican side in 2014.

meci on September 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

To hell with the country. This is all about politics for you, eh? As Myron pointed out above, name the entitlement that has ever been rolled back once implemented. If you can’t (and I know you can’t), then apologize for being a stupid anti-Tea Party Republican.

beatcanvas on September 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Obama will have totally screwed the USA both internally and externally and most likely over half the people would vote for him again if they could.

Stupid gets what stupid wants.

albill on September 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Ah yes Myron
Thanks

cmsinaz on September 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

More than three years after Obamacare was signed into law and fewer than two weeks before its health insurance exchanges are to launch, many Americans don’t know a lot about the pending changes except this: They don’t much like them.

You’ll find out what’s in it after you are enrolled.

Mr. Bingley on September 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Good one, Mr. Bingley.

davidk on September 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

If they only knew how they stood on Abortion and his war on unborn women.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vdYPjpl5pI0&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DvdYPjpl5pI0

Would he have supported this 13 year olds real life decision?

PappyD61 on September 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

This hints at huge trouble for Democrats in 2014 if this rollout continues as we have seen thus far.

Yeah, but: http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2013/09/20/while-republicans-squabble-obama-plots-path-to-victory-in-2014/

davidk on September 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Collapse and chaos will eventually clear things up.

albill on September 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Yet the stupid Tea Party Republicans want to stand in the way of Obama being forced to ‘Faithfully Executing’ this cluster *#%&. and driving disgruntled voters to the republican side in 2014.

meci on September 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

And on the same damn bill that the dumb assed RINOs want to use to raise our debt limit again. The nerve!

WryTrvllr on September 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Collapse and chaos will eventually clear things up.

albill on September 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

But that is the endgame of the Progressive/Socialist movement. Once everything collapses, they then can exert total control over everything and anything. (IRS, NSA, et al.)

It’s not like they will be automatically discredited and go home with their heads between their tails.

Myron Falwell on September 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Feature not bug.

BigWyo on September 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM

…oh, And you’ll love it, so just shut up already.

BigWyo on September 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

You’ll find out what’s in it after you are enrolled.

Mr. Bingley on September 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Just like you have to pass the bill to find out what is in it, you have to be enrolled before you completely understand just how screwed you are.

Sit tight folks, it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better, if it ever gets better.

simkeith on September 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

All I can conclude is that America is racist. Our sooper jeanus courageous young president is working so hard for us and we just don’t appreciate it because RACISM. Obama should go play a few more rounds and see if he can get Putin’s footprint off his a$$.

jukin3 on September 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

People here think that when ObamaCare crashes for all to see and none to deny, the movement will be to repeal it.

Not a chance.

Always remember that one of the fundamental tenets of liberalism: “Government grows in response to its own failure.”

followed closely by:

“Being liberal means never having to say, ‘I’m responsible.’ “

PackerBronco on September 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

You’ll find out what’s in it after you are enrolled.

Mr. Bingley on September 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

IF you can get enrolled.

H/T
redguy
Through serendipity I’ve ended up working in HIT (health information technology). I take 50 calls a day with independent insurance agents/brokers to navigate the hoops to qualify to sell on the FFM (Federal Facilitated Marketplaces). The Government websites they need to access to register are riddled with random error messages, and simply attempting to log in to complete this process routinely fails. The agents/brokers are, to a person, terrified. If they cannot complete this process by October 1st (the deadline) they are hosed. Nobody knows what to do, and this will only get worse when millions of consumers join the fray of the marketplace.http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/176222/

bluefox on September 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Eighty-seven percent of blacks approve of Obama’s job performance overall.

This is unbelievable in some sense.

OT anecdotal story: I attended a monthly tea party gathering in Boehner’s district. (I think at least two tea party groups exist in his district.) The featured speaker was a local black man (married, six kids) who is one of these Frederick Douglass Republicans. I’m guessing there were 50 to 60 at the gathering–maybe five under 40, most over 60. Only one black, a married woman with kids who said she was the daughter of a liberal professor, but she got religion.

Anyway, I’d be any amount of money that if the speaker (Alan McIntyer) spoke to black audiences around the country, support for Obama in the black community would be halved in a month. Obama would have support only from the black political class, black entertainers, and black freeloaders. He’d lose the black middle class. This guy was a hardnosed punch in the face. I only wish he could speak to larger black groups.

BuckeyeSam on September 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

House passed CR 230 Yes, 189 No

bluefox on September 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM

House passed CR 230 Yes, 189 No

bluefox on September 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM

The lone Republican to vote against the rest of the GOP:

http://rigell.house.gov/contact/officeinformation.htm

Call him and give his office an earful.

beatcanvas on September 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Collapse and chaos will eventually clear things up.

albill on September 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

But that is the endgame of the Progressive/Socialist movement. Once everything collapses, they then can exert total control over everything and anything. (IRS, NSA, et al.)

It’s not like they will be automatically discredited and go home with their heads between their tails.

Myron Falwell on September 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM

But we exercise our 2nd Amendment rights. We are prepared.

davidk on September 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Anyway, I’d be any amount of money that if the speaker (Alan McIntyer) spoke to black audiences around the country, support for Obama in the black community would be halved in a month. Obama would have support only from the black political class, black entertainers, and black freeloaders. He’d lose the black middle class. This guy was a hardnosed punch in the face. I only wish he could speak to larger black groups.

BuckeyeSam on September 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Who cares what Uncle Tom has to say.

davidk on September 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Ho ho! Look at Scott Rigell’s interview after winning the VA primary. He lies!!

http://www.altdaily.com/features/news/119-politics34/3344-96republican-primary-winner-scott-rigell

Would you have supported the Health Care reform recently passed? Yes or no?

No.

And yet – he voted for it today. What a complete putz.

beatcanvas on September 20, 2013 at 11:40 AM

The lone Republican to vote against the rest of the GOP:

http://rigell.house.gov/contact/officeinformation.htm

Call him and give his office an earful.

beatcanvas on September 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Representative Rigell maintains four offices to serve the constituents of Virginia’s Second District. While your legislative questions and comments are best directed to our Washington, DC office, and your casework issues are best directed to the district office closest to you, please feel free to contact us in person or over the phone at any of these locations. To request an appearance or a meeting with the Congressman, please visit the scheduling request page. Please visit us on Facebook to keep up with the Representative.

http://rigell.house.gov/contact/

davidk on September 20, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Not to worry, confused plebes! Cover Oregon is producing and airing 30-second acid trips to help you totally understand Obamacare! Like, totally, man!

The Schaef on September 20, 2013 at 11:42 AM

“Being liberal means never having to say, ‘I’m responsible.’ “

PackerBronco on September 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Great bumper sticker material.

davidk on September 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

All this imbecile president does it talk, and he obviously can’t even do that.

Chuck Schick on September 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

bluefox on September 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM

The lone Republican to vote against the rest of the GOP:

http://rigell.house.gov/contact/officeinformation.htm

Call him and give his office an earful.

beatcanvas on September 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Thank you! I certainly will. Getting ready to print out the Roll Call Vote.

I called Sen. Portman’s office this morning and was told he will vote yes in the Senate. I’ll confirm that via email to him tho:-)

Sen. Brown’s office is a ? Staff didn’t know for sure. He’s a D so we’ll put him in the no column.

bluefox on September 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM

The lofo on Ocare should go to their local Walgreens or Home Depot and talk to one of the employees there if they need more info. I’m sure the people there can fill them in.

Kissmygrits on September 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

House passed CR 230 Yes, 189 No

bluefox on September 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Bi-partisan!

BTW, that’s 11 more votes than ObamaCare got in the House when it was passed.

Chris of Rights on September 20, 2013 at 12:25 PM

But Kirsten Powers says its just the fringe of the Republican Party that opposes Obamacare.

jawkneemusic on September 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

She considers every Republican in Congress except Lucy Graham to be on the ‘fringey fringe’.

slickwillie2001 on September 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Here in MN the state exchange is called MNSure.org. The site has information what the different plans cost. But don’t tell you what the coverage, deductibles, co-pays, or annual caps are. So not enough information is available to make a buying decision. Well they do still have 11 more days to get it right.

Dasher on September 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Always spell it obama’care’.

It is not affordable.

It is NOT care.

Schadenfreude on September 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Playing devil’s advocate, I wonder what a similar poll would say about Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security.

How many people affected by those things feel they have “adequate information”?

Chris of Rights on September 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Roll Call Vote on CR with defunding of O’Disaster:-) aka O’Care

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll478.xml

BILL TITLE: Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes

bluefox on September 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

BTW, that’s 11 more votes than ObamaCare got in the House when it was passed.

Chris of Rights on September 20, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Didn’t know that. Thanks for the update.

bluefox on September 20, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Is this our thread for the House vote of the CR including defunding of O”Care’? I haven’t seen any other.

bluefox on September 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Nuff’ said… Moderators… Obama requests that you lock this thread.

Walter L. Newton on September 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Probably prefers the entire blog be locked.

hawkeye54 on September 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Ahh yes that has been a wonderful plan for the dems. Delay delay delay. Once they have won more reelections Obama will be out of office and the sh$t will hit the fan then. Its seems more as people find out about the bill the worse the support for it gets.

Now we are seeing thousands more getting dumped on this monthly….when the real “benefits” kick in ( or the lack there of really ) its gonna creator. Once that is done though too many people will be on it… its never going away back to the old way… single payer here we come.

watertown on September 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I hope the ads will start to make things more clear and we can finally get people to rise up and tell the President to repeal it.

petunia on September 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM