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Poll: Less than a quarter of uninsured Americans believe Obamacare is a good idea

posted at 5:56 pm on December 13, 2013 by

Oh my:

Obamacare has lost the uninsured. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this week asked uninsured individuals whether or not they thought the law was a good idea. Just 24 percent said they thought it was. In contrast, half the uninsured polled said they thought it was a bad idea. As the Journal points out, that represents an 11 point drop in support for the law amongst the uninsured since September. The same poll also finds that 56 percent of the uninsured believe the law will have a negative effect on the U.S. health care system. Let that sink in: What that means is that regardless of how bad the old system—the system that for whatever reason left them uninsured—was, a majority of people without health coverage now think that Obamacare makes it worse.

One of the Left’s go-to talking points during the Obamacare sell job (second only, perhaps, to the lie of the year) was to invoke the plight of “46 million” uninsured Americans — a figure that was mendaciously inflated for political reasons.  According to the NBC/WSJ poll mentioned above, Obamacare is now opposed by a majority of very population for whom it was ostensibly passed.  Fifty-six percent of uninsured respondents said the law will have a negative effect on the US healthcare system as a whole, compared to just 20 percent who anticipate a net positive impact. Flashback to December 3rd:

“My main message today is, ‘We’re not going back,’” Obama said. “That seems to be the only alternative that Obamacare’s critics have.”

Here, the president regurgitates a lie about the supposed dearth of conservative alternatives on healthcare reform (paging Dr. Price), and steadfastly assures his audience that he won’t permit a return to the bad old days.  Not on his watch.  But according to a new Reason/Rupe poll, Americans would actually prefer to turn back the clock — by a 21-point margin:

These results are virtually identical to the findings of a Fox News national survey taken in May.  Back, not forward!  

Exit question (Allahpundit™): Do the NBC/WSJ numbers include, um, Obamacare’s newly uninsured?

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A good number of the uninsured are “uninsured” by choice. So why is it surprising that they don’t appreciate a government mandate to purchase something they’d rather not have?

Hill60 on December 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

…smart power!

KOOLAID2 on December 13, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Goin’ down with the ship SS Obamacare.

ElectricPhase on December 13, 2013 at 11:05 PM

We have to humble these people before we can negotiate with them. They’re too delusional and cackling crazy to have any kind of agreement with… break them.

Karmashock on December 14, 2013 at 3:20 AM

A good number of the uninsured are “uninsured” by choice. So why is it surprising that they don’t appreciate a government mandate to purchase something they’d rather not have?

Hill60 on December 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Preach it. Another sizable number were people too lazy or too stupid to get enrolled in Medicaid.

One of the Left’s go-to talking points during the Obamacare sell job (second only, perhaps, to the lie of the year) was to invoke the plight of “46 million” uninsured Americans.

No GOP member of Congress and no conservative should begin a conversation on this subject without first asserting that Obamacare tries to address a problem that never existed. And this shouldn’t have been about “the uninsured.” It should have been about a number of things including dealing with “the uninsurable,” who probably amount to about 10 to 15 million.

In short, GOP pols and conservatives should always begin by screaming that the debate was dishonest from the beginning.

BuckeyeSam on December 14, 2013 at 5:19 AM

It was never for uninsured people. It was so that liberal activists could feel superior to you. It’s civilizational self-flagellation: stupid, painful, destructive, but makes you feel moral somehow.

xuyee on December 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM

My wife and I are two uninsured people who would not buy from Obama unless and until we had a major health issue. We’d have to buy unsubsidized, pay about $12,000 (we’re 58 and 62), have a $12,000 deductible and a lousy network. Bottom line, it’s only a good deal if you get a big subsidy AND have a current big health problem. Otherwise, Obama wants you to pay for your own policy plus someone else’s since you don’t get a subsidy.

BillCarson on December 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM

something you won’t hear on the sunday talk shows today…

cmsinaz on December 15, 2013 at 8:43 AM

They are just to stupid to realize how great it is. /Dear Leader

trs on December 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Poll: Less than a quarter of uninsured Americans believe Obamacare is a good idea

Translation: Less than a quarter of uninsured Americans stupid enough to need a recoding of “Inhale…exhale” to keep from dying.

Physics Geek on December 16, 2013 at 11:05 AM

A good number of the uninsured are “uninsured” by choice. So why is it surprising that they don’t appreciate a government mandate to purchase something they’d rather not have?

Hill60 on December 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Bingo. Sure, the people who couldn’t get insurance before because they were too sick are happy about the law because they can finally have insurance (and good for them, really), but the left’s insinuation that the portrait of that type of situation constituting most uninsured people is being exposed as a total lie.

LukeinNE on December 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM

You now how it is with leftists, a power hungry and destructive type going back ages, it doesn’t matter what other people like or want, the thrill of control, of hurting people, forcing them into things they don’t want, enjoying the rush of force is what it’s all about. Does a policy work? Who cares.
Obama, the Democrats, leftists everywhere are loving this. Going online you will see plenty of little leftist dementos acting out their aggression and stupidity, totally unaware that they are caught up in health care destruction & the rest of it. Hate blinds.

arand on December 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM