New AP poll: 46% of insured have been hit with ObamaCare changes

posted at 9:01 am on December 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The headline report for the new AP poll focuses on the erosion of coverage for Americans who already had insurance — and that may understate the damage this poll shows.  The survey shows a rapid increase in disapproval over the handling of ObamaCare, but more importantly shows that the impact of the incompetence extends far beyond the people in the individual markets:

Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly.

An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that health care remains politically charged going into next year’s congressional elections. Keeping the refurbished HealthCare.gov website running smoothly is just one of Obama’s challenges, maybe not the biggest.

The poll found a striking level of unease about the law among people who have health insurance and aren’t looking for any more government help. Those are the 85 percent of Americans who the White House says don’t have to be worried about the president’s historic push to expand coverage for the uninsured.

In the survey, nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year — mostly for the worse. Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the law’s passage.

How has the law impacted people who get either private or job-based health-care coverage?  Those two categories comprise two-thirds of respondents in this survey, but only 6% had individual-market coverage. If the ObamaCare changes only impacted those individual markets, we should expect to see no more than 10% or so of the combined private/jobs-based covered respondents reporting an impact to their own situation.  Instead, we see this:

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Almost 70% of all people in this subset are seeing their premiums increase, and almost 60% are seeing deductibles and co-pays rising as well. Eighteen percent are getting coverage restrictions, and 14% are losing spousal coverage.  Only 21% are getting more coverage of any kind.

Now, this could be happening in any given year as insurers find ways to save money, but this year insurers have had a whole lot more risk forced on them by the new law. Consumers aren’t fooled, either. More than three-quarters blame ObamaCare, and eight-five percent are moderately or very sure that the above changes are in response to the ObamaCare law, with 61% being “extremely/very sure” of it.  That’s as close to consensus as we see in American politics.

Small wonder that support for ObamaCare has dropped to its lowest level ever in the AP/GfK series at 27%. Opposition has jumped six points since early October to 44%, which is still not near the late 2010 high of 52%, but the 34% strongly opposing it is the highest since February 2012. The momentum is going the wrong way for Democrats, and the underlying causes producing that momentum have little to do with websites.


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NotCoach on December 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM

and those Ocare changes are soooo wonderful. That’s why Barry went around the country telling everybody that their Health Care coverage was going to change and some people wouldn’t be able to keep their plans and doctors. But not to worry cause ObamaCare was going to be sooooooo much more better…… OH Yeah…. that’s right…. never mind

roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

That’s a lot of junk plans, no wonder Americans were dropping dead in the streets before DogeaterCare.

Bishop on December 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM

When the insurance companies and employers indicate in their letters that policies are changing or cancelled due to obamacare who else is going to be blamed

But hey its not obanas fault….. blame those insurance companies

cmsinaz on December 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Is it beginning to occur to fashionably liberal morons that Obamacare is a Reverend Wright-flavored scheme to screw Whitey?

M240H on December 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

To dream the impossible dream
To pass an unworkable law
To put off the bill til tomorrow

To spin the unspinnable turd

ElectricPhase on December 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Is there any working plan or effort to repeal? If not, is it just the expectation that it will help R’s get elected? If those answers are no and yes, I’m not excited.

MT on December 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Youse uppity private sectors workers don’t know hows good you got it.

Nothing but the best exchange insurance for our house and fields workers. Some peoples just don’t have any gratitude toward the master.

Now we’s got our own “sepate but equal” insurance just like our massas government insurance program.

acyl72 on December 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Almost 70% of all people in this subset are seeing their premiums increase, and almost 60% are seeing deductibles and co-pays rising as well. Eighteen percent are getting coverage restrictions, and 14% are losing spousal coverage. Only 21% are getting more coverage of any kind.

Obama is going to be madder than his staff about this one. What with three years of telling Americans that if people liked their plan they could keep their plan. Period. This is not what being able to keep one’s plan looks like.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Just wait until next year.

cozmo on December 16, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Is there any working plan or effort to repeal? If not, is it just the expectation that it will help R’s get elected? If those answers are no and yes, I’m not excited.

MT on December 16, 2013 at 9:13 AM

The surrender weasels covered this. As long as the rats are in charge of the Senate and White House, there is no way that the GOP leadership is going to attempt repeal. They are as cowardly as they are morally bankrupt.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Wait until next summer when most families are still paying out of pocket and are not anywhere close their plans cap. The wailing and gnashing of teeth will be loud.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the law’s passage.

Journalism! “People believe X, but they’re wrong because strawman.”

Fewer than 20% complain of reduced coverage. The changes most people don’t like are the increases to their premiums and deductibles, and both are because of Obamacare.

forest on December 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Just wait till Obama hears about this on the newz. He is going to be steaming mad.. STEAMING MAD, I say!

/Steaming Pyle

Key West Reader on December 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Did you see about the CT exchange, people were being underquoted to the point that one poor slob got hit with an extra $4,000 after choosing his plan.

Yeah this is going effing GREAT, thank you 52%’ers for electing the King of the Assholes as preznit.

Bishop on December 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Did you see about the CT exchange, people were being underquoted to the point that one poor slob got hit with an extra $4,000 after choosing his plan.

Yeah this is going effing GREAT, thank you 52%’ers for electing the King of the Azsholes as preznit.

Bishop on December 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

The surrender weasels covered this. As long as the rats are in charge of the Senate and White House, there is no way that the GOP leadership is going to attempt repeal. They are as cowardly as they are morally bankrupt.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

One point you forgot to mention above, there is ZERO chance of any repeal, none. Ain’t gonna happen when the Dems own the Senate and White House. Not sure why everyone keeps going there.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Just wait till Obama hears about this on the newz. He is going to be steaming mad.. STEAMING MAD, I say!

Key West Reader on December 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Makes you wonder what squirrel is going to be offered up to distract from Obamacare. My guess is full frontal amnesty starting about March 1st.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 9:28 AM

One point you forgot to mention above, there is ZERO chance of any repeal, none. Ain’t gonna happen when the Dems own the Senate and White House. Not sure why everyone keeps going there.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Yep, repeal is dead, they’re all concentrating on amnesty now and the GOP is standing shoulder to shoulder with the demorats on that one.

2014 is going to be one bastaard of a year for free-thinking Americans.

Bishop on December 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!

ROFLMAO!!!

bobsacramento on December 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

One point you forgot to mention above, there is ZERO chance of any repeal, none. Ain’t gonna happen when the Dems own the Senate and White House. Not sure why everyone keeps going there.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Just because it isn’t possible, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be the stated goal. Everyone keeps going there because it is the right thing to do. The GOP should make it clear that the only reason why so many Americans are suffering because of Obamacare is because of the Dems. You do that by constant calls for repeal.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Did you see about the CT exchange, people were being underquoted to the point that one poor slob got hit with an extra $4,000 after choosing his plan.

Bishop on December 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

That isn’t underquoting that is bait and switch.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Lets hope the Hawaii newspaper carries this story so Obummer hears about it on his 17 day vacation.

bobsacramento on December 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

The good news for me is that BCBS said I can now keep my plan through next year. That’s all I need to know, because chances are the law will be dead by the end of 2014 anyway. Even if it isn’t, I am strongly considering a relocation outside the US which would put me out of reach anyway.

MJBrutus on December 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

ohhhhh nooooo…. another Presidential Selfie

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roflmmfao

donabernathy on December 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Yepper bishop @9:29

cmsinaz on December 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

My employee insurance premiums are going up 20 percent next year, the highest increase I can ever remember. I had to cut 20 percent off of my flexible spending account for next year to compensate, which means more of my spending will be after tax.

Ward Cleaver on December 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

This from the NYT:

“We are the Obama people,” said Camille Sweeney, a New York writer and member of the Authors Guild. Her insurance is being canceled, and she is dismayed that neither her pediatrician nor her general practitioner appears to be on the exchange plans. What to do has become a hot topic on Facebook and at dinner parties frequented by her fellow writers and artists. “I’m for it,” she said. “But what is the reality of it?”

Yeah, it’s that “reality” that always screws up a nice socialist plan.

kcewa on December 16, 2013 at 9:46 AM

The GOP should make it clear that the only reason why so many Americans are suffering because of Obamacare is because of the Dems. You do that by constant calls for repeal.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

And where will they do this? What part of the MSM will cover them? All the LIVs will hear is Reid or Pelosi spouting on the alphabet networks that Republicans want to take your health care away and kill Grandma, the Republicans will shutdown the Government again just out of spite, etc.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Why aren’t you ungrateful citizens thanking Obama?!?

txhsmom on December 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

And where will they do this? What part of the MSM will cover them? All the LIVs will hear is Reid or Pelosi spouting on the alphabet networks that Republicans want to take your health care away and kill Grandma, the Republicans will shutdown the Government again just out of spite, etc.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Surrender if you like, but I’m for fighting.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Keeping the refurbished HealthCare.gov website running smoothly is just one of Obama’s challenges, maybe not the biggest.

May be not the biggest? It is not even the smallest of the problems in the Obamacare mega disaster…

mnjg on December 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the law’s passage.

The changes this year on alot of policies were far from typical and certainly didn’t seem to follow any “trend”.

Do they think people can’t see this?

lynncgb on December 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Wait until next summer when most families are still paying out of pocket and are not anywhere close their plans cap. The wailing and gnashing of teeth will be loud.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

I hope the weeping and wailing is epic.

BuckeyeSam on December 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Wait until next summer when most families are still paying out of pocket and are not anywhere close their plans cap. The wailing and gnashing of teeth will be loud.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM

The “cry” for deductible subsidization will be loud.

The left will be all for it and the right will resist.

As we all know, there will be many holding their hands out.

Usually a loser issue for the right.

This could be a big issue during the 2014 elections.

Carnac on December 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

The surrender weasels covered this. As long as the rats are in charge of the Senate and White House, there is no way that the GOP leadership is going to attempt repeal. They are as cowardly as they are morally bankrupt.

Happy Nomad on December 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

One point you forgot to mention above, there is ZERO chance of any repeal, none. Ain’t gonna happen when the Dems own the Senate and White House. Not sure why everyone keeps going there.

Johnnyreb on December 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I agree with Johnnyreb. In this case discretion is the better part of valor. Anything the Rs say or do at this point will be seized upon by the Ogabe press as examples of why OgabeCare is failing: The Rs are sabotaging it!!! The Ogabe press is absolutely desperate for something — Anything! — to defelect blame from their Golden Calf.

catsandbooks on December 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Consumers aren’t fooled, either

They got fooled when it really mattered.

antisocial on December 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Those are the 85 percent of Americans who the White House says don’t have to be worried about the president’s historic push to expand coverage for the uninsured.

He’s lied about everything else, we should believe this?

NavyspyII on December 16, 2013 at 6:31 PM