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Friday, October 21, 2016

Majority Of Americans Skeptical Of Obamacare, Yet Few Want To Defund

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Two new polls released on Monday show the American public is still skeptical of whether the Affordable Care Act will help them. According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted in early September, 44 percent believe the president’s health care law is a bad idea, while 31 percent think it is a good idea.

A USA Today/Pew Research Poll found 53 percent of Americans disapprove of Obamacare, 42 percent approve, and only 5 percent are unsure.

The polls highlight the widespread confusion among Americans surrounding the health care law, including how its implementation will affect them individually.

The WSJ/NBC poll reports 34 percent of respondents do not understand the law very well and 35 percent only understand some of it. Despite the high rate of uncertainty, 30 percent still believe it will have a negative effect on their family and 52 percent predict a rise in their health care costs.

According to USA Today, “Among the 19 percent polled who are uninsured, nearly 4in 10 don’t realize the law requires them to get health insurance next year. Among young people, whose participation is seen as crucial for the exchanges to work, just 56 percent realize there’s a mandate to be insured or face a fine.”

The largest obstacle for President Obama and proponents of the health care law will be explaining how it will help individuals and benefit the economy simultaneously. Democrats have been committed to raising awareness of its overall advantages, while Republicans have been relentless in instilling fear in the American public. The inconsistency and ambiguity of facts surrounding Obamacare have caused extensive confusion and uncertainty; people are concerned about how this will affect them specifically.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll included an open-ended question to respondents that asked them to explain why they felt Obamacare is either a good or bad idea. A female from Ohio who claimed to lean Republican and was opposed to the law said, “I think with all the confusion, lots of confusion, people are probably going to have to pay more. And really, we don’t know enough about it yet. We don’t know, I don’t know personally how it’s going to affect me.”

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  • Lynda Groom

    After three years of disinformation and out and out lies about the new law I’m not in the least surprised that the average American is so ill prepared to understand reality. The messengers of the status quo have been very effective in their campaign to mislead and distort the ACA. It is not the new law that scares them silly, but the success of the program. We will look back at this time with great wonder in a few years trying to discover what all the noise was about.

    • charleo1

      Well said! And you pegged it. Why are Republicans fighting ACA like
      mad-hatters? Threatening to shut down the government. Or, throw
      ours, and the world economy into chaos, by causing a default on our
      debt. Debt by the way, that they, themselves, created, when they
      passed the legislation in the first place. And it’s important to note.
      That as the Congress passes a bill, they also make an implicit promise
      to all involved in carrying out that law That they have the good word of
      the U.S. Government, they will be paid. So all of this is just more of the
      same of the outrageous irresponsibility the T-Party has shown since
      being elected. But, you’re right! Why wouldn’t the GOP allow the
      implementation. And if it’s huge train wreck, and has death panels,
      and is half as awful as they claim, they are the big political winners.
      But, I think, like you said, they know it’s going to be something the
      American people are going to become very fond of.

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  • FT66

    People are skeptical because of all the lies they hear from Fox News. These people do not like ACA for their own reasons and all the time they are trying very hard to influence others. Folks, if you want to know whethe ACA “Obamacare” is bad or good, just ask people in Masschussetts. It is the place where Obamacare was born. People there are enjoying it more than anything. Just wait when Obamacare is in place (in two weeks time from now), you will all like it. There might be some problems here and there (like any other thing at the start), BUT this can be rectified and make the Affordable Care Act work for everybody, especially to those who have none.

  • M Kercher

    Most people don’t want to do something as drastic as actually read up on how Obamacare will work, they just want someone on t.v. to explain it to them. But anything they hear that may be correct and helpful to them, is very soon lied about by the republican pseudo news machine, leaving them confused. Here is the bottom line on the GOP fight against Obamacare. The super rich don’t want it. They have been methodically whittling away at the average workers wages and benefits for years, and sticking it in their own pockets. Their own salaries have been growing exponentially for some years now, as the middle class has seen their’s stagnating at best, and falling most of the time. The super rich and corporate America are hoping very much to remove all the benefits they pay, and put all that money in their pockets. The affordable care act would start forcing them to give back benefits they have been taking away, which would benefit the middle class rather than themselves. And the only people the GOP cares about are the super rich, who keep putting money in their pockets to get them to vote the way they want them to. So even though most Americans don’t want to defund Obamacare, that won’t matter in the least to the republican politicians. They proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt when 91% of Americans were in favor of common sense gun laws, but the NRA, who puts gobs of money in their pockets, didn’t want to lose the millions of dollars they make by selling guns to criminals and nuts cases. Money in the pocket is much more important to them than the will of their constituents.

  • howa4x

    This is due to the republicans spreading confusion and issuing false statements. FOX is a leader in this effort and it is funded by people like the Koch bros who have 31 billion and more insurance than they need. the republicans have offered no alternative but want to deny millions from coverage. This is part of their anti middle class effort

  • tax payer

    The Democrats love to give our tax money and the Republicans love to save our tax money. So, which of the two is doing something positive for our country. Republicans of course.