Obamacare is Two Weeks Away—and the Public Still Doesn't Like It



Obamacare's health insurance exchanges open for enrollment in two weeks. The expectation is that about 7 million people will gain insurance coverage next year as a result of the law. But multiple new polls show that the law remains unpopular with the public.

A USA Today/Pew poll taken last week and released today finds that 53 percent of the public disapproves of the health care law, with 41 percent saying they disapprove strongly. The same percentage of respondents—53—say they disapprove of the way that President Obama is handling health policy. A Reason-Rupe poll published last week finds similar skepticism about the way the law is being handled, with 62 percent of those surveyed saying that implementation of the health law is not going well.

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll also finds that more people have a negative opinion about the law than a positive opinion. NBC News' First Read goes over the numbers:

44% call [Obamacare] a bad idea, while 31% believe it's a good idea, which is virtually unchanged from July's survey. What's more, by a 45% to 23% margin, Americans say the law will have a negative impact on the country's health-care system rather than a positive one. And 30% of respondents think it will have a negative impact on their families. Just 12% say it will be positive, and a majority—53%—don't believe it will have an impact one way or another. 

Another notable finding from that poll is that only a little more than half of Democrats—56 percent—say the plan is a good idea. This is President Obama's signature achievement. And only a little more than half of his own party say it's a good idea. What's more, previous polls have shown Democratic support for the law dropping since last year's election. Obamacare, in other words, is losing support amongst Democrats, even as the big marketing push around the law has ramped up.

Granted, the outreach efforts don't seem to be working very well.  As The Wall Street Journal notes, the WSJ/NBC poll finds that 76 percent of the uninsured say they still don't understand how the law will affect them, and only 32 percent believe they are fairly or very likely to get coverage through the health insurance exchanges created under the law.

Widespread opposition to the law does not translate into widespread agreement about how legislators should proceed. The USA Today/Pew poll shows that, amongst the general public, opponents are split as to whether they want legislators to try to make the law work as well as possible or try to make it fail.

But there is one adjustment to the law that a large majority of Americans say they would support: delay of the individual mandate. Last week's Reason-Rupe poll finds that 60 percent say they want to see the requirement to carry coverage or pay a penalty held off for a year.

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  1. People have to be shackled to the law to find out what’s in it. Does that officially happen in two weeks or in January?

    1. Both. In section 146.A.111.2b (iii) of ObamaCare, January has been moved to right after September. That’s one of the things you’ll find out about once the law takes affect.

      1. The white house would cancel my favorite season.

      2. Hey, my birthday is in November. OBAMA HAS MADE ME IMMORTAL!

        1. If you like your birthday, you can keep it.

        2. Hey, my birthday is in November. OBAMA HAS MADE ME IMMORTAL!

          I’m sorry in order to better serve you and the uninsured, we have retroactively canceled your birth. Please report to the Cancellation Chambers immediately. There’s no need to pack any personal items, everything will be provided for you.

          1. As I understand it, that makes you an illegal alien…time to report to immigration.

    2. They won’t even give people the benefit of a reach around it looks like…

      1. “…I’ll be watching you.”

      2. What’s the only way to get fucked by the state?

        No lube!

    3. Shackles? RACIST!

  2. …and a majority — 53% — don’t believe it will have an impact one way or another.

    I can understand people thinking that it won’t result in better or worse health outcomes for people. But adding a new layer of bureaucracy and its absurd costs is surly an “impact.”

    1. Costs to who is the question. How many of those people don’t pay taxes. Of course they’ll suffer in other ways they’re completely oblivious to.

      1. And they’ll blame it on the insurance companies.

        1. Or they’ll, hey look over there, it’s Syria getting all uppity again!

  3. “And the public still doesn’t like it”

    Tough shit.

    1. Exactly. Too fucking bad. I really have no sympathy for the American public on this. They voted to re-elect the dumb bastard. Elections have consequences sometimes.

      I know it is too much to hope for. But maybe if all the low information vote for the guy who seems to care about me the most voters really take up the ass on this, they will learn how to do better next time.

      Yeah, I know, they won’t learn a damn thing. But at least justice will be served.

      1. If I didn’t have to suffer along with these morons I would share your feeling John. But as someone that habitually makes though choices and does the right thing, I am getting real tired of being made to pay for those that chose to ignore or exacerbate their situation, because that’s the compassionate thing to do. Fuck them and fuck compassion. If you choose instant gratification, then it is not my job to support you once you find yourself living ass to mouth later.

        1. I am with you. Take politics out of it. If you vote for President on the basis of which candidate you think most cares about your problems, you are fucking moron who deserves whatever hardship you get. I don’t care who you vote for or what your politics are. A huge number of people voted for Obama because they felt like he cared more than Romney. That is so stupid it makes me embarrassed to be an American.

          1. I care about your problems. Now can I use the big ass plane and fawning media for awhile?

      2. I didn’t vote for him or anyone who voted for the bill. Yet here I am, fucked yet again.

        1. Voting in the election counts as consenting to the outcome.

          1. Oh, do be quiet. I get enough of that from Episiarch.

            1. If it makes you feel any better, I didn’t vote at all and I’m still fucked.

              Apparently the Social Contract has an I’ll take your silence as your consent clause.

              1. We are between a rock and a hard place, that’s for sure.

    2. The public don’t like it, but they love Obama.

      They can separate the man from his policies. For some reason.

  4. It’s going to be pretty funny watching Democrats kindly ask the Messiah not to campaign for their reelections come 2014/2016.

    1. Or watching them explain how they can’t be expected to gut the Black Jesus’ greatest “achievement”. It is going to be really funny watching them avoid this topic. On the one hand, their constituents are going to be pissed. On the other, they all have the prime directive that any criticism of the Light Worker in Chief is the RACIST!! So they won’t even be able to commiserate with their angry constituents. They are going to have to just pretend the issue doesn’t exist.

      “Obamacare? What is that? I think we need to talk about the important issues like jobs and birth control”.

      1. The media spin will likely also be amusing. In 2008 Republicans tried to distance themselves from Bush because his ill-conceived domestic plans and military adventurism in the Middle East did incalculable damage to the America. in 2016 Democrats will try to distance themselves from Obama because the hoi polloi didn’t understand how his ill-conceived domestic plans and military adventurism in the Middle East helped our country recover from the Dark Ages of the Bush administration.

        1. They have themselves in a real hole. One thing they could do is say that there are all these needed fixes that the evil Republicans are blocking. But to do that means they have to admit it needs fixed. They oversold it way to much to be able to do that very easily.

          My guess is that the media will just ignore it. There will be this huge groundswell against the law and the media will just pretend it isn’t there, since there is no way to explain it without going against the narrative.

  5. Fucking libertarians oppose everything that would make poor people who need health care!!!111one WHY DO YOU HATE CHILDRUN!?


    1. I see what you did there, but I’m not sure if it was intentional.

      1. If it was that was the best I’ve seen in a while.

  6. Just like with the IRS, Benghazi, NSA, and Syria, this is a messaging problem. Obama has never met a problem that can’t be solved with an eye-catching infographic.

    1. “Obviously, my opponents are trying to judge me on style, whereas I’m more concerned with getting the policy right. And I’ve personally cut the HealthCare polling numbers in half since I’ve been elected. If that goal is achieved, then it sounds to me like we did something right,” Obama said.

      “Oh, and Bush!”, Obama said, on his way to the golf course to meet Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Sean Penn for a foursome.

  7. The body language in that picture is just priceless. Obama is in a defensive posture, leaning away, hands in pockets, giving every impression of being backed up into a corner.

    1. In fairness, if you were stuck in a meeting with the Winter Witch, wouldn’t you assume a defensive posture?

  8. Somewhat health care related:

    Former sniper, 40, quits U.S. Army and moves to Britain to become a woman after falling in love with lesbian student, 29

    Charles Pontiero changed her name to Alessia by deed poll
    The former military sniper left his life in the army to become an actress
    She decided to come to the UK where it is easier to get a sex change
    The 40-year-old has been married three times and has two children


    I guess the question is whether or not he would have moved if Obamacare was in full effect.

    1. Better question is why would you get involved with a woman that literally wants your dick removed.

      1. For some strange reason I get the sense that there will be some serious regrets down the road.

        1. For a moment I thought you said “regrets down the broad”…

  9. Am I covered for my Tony Siragusa manhood shields?

  10. A USA Today/Pew poll

    Oh man is Emily going to be pissed. Tomorrow…revenge of POLLMAGEDDON.

  11. OT: So the Navy Yard shooter–the dead one–is being reported as a white guy from Texas.

    But eyewitness accounts state that people were being shot at by a tall black guy.

    Conclusion: the Tea Party isn’t racist after all!

    1. One of those officials says Alexis was a 34-year-old from Texas. He is believed to have a criminal record there and to be a holder of a concealed carry weapon permit.

      Oh wonderful.

      1. that can’t be right. You can’t get a CC permit if you have a criminal record. Unless they are calling speeding tickets a criminal record, I call shenanigans on that.

        And WTF is up with the reports of a tall black dude shooting people?

        1. It is a black dude. I was starting to think that he wasn’t white when none of the media reports mentioned his race.

          He was charged with discharging a firearm in city limits, in texas. That may be a misdemeanor that isn’t harsh enough to stop someone from getting a permit.

          Where I live only 1st degree misd., drugs, domestic, and felonies will prevent one from getting a carry license.

          1. But he was “charged”. That doesn’t mean he was convicted. To me a criminal record means you were convicted of something.

            1. Not even charged, I guess:

              Fort Worth police filed the report with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, but charges were never filed.

              Guess that puts the criminal with a conceal carry permit lie to bed (yeah, right)

              1. Does it really matter? He had an AR-15 and a shotgun, and even if he just had a pistol, I doubt he would have cared whether or not it was legal for him to carry one

                1. Of course it doesn’t. But that won’t stop the media from claiming the fact that he had a CCW permit allowed him to do this.

      1. Huh. Could that be a black Hispanic of some sort?

        Is that definitely the shooter?

        1. Yes, that’s him. There seems to be still be some confusion as to whether a second shooter was involved or not.

        2. No Pro, that guy is a white African American, with the emphasis on the WHITE.

          1. Well, they’ll flip this into righteous rage, I suppose.

  12. …”while 31% believe it’s a good idea”…

    I had hopes for fewer idiots.

  13. Obamacare is Two Weeks Away?and the Public Still Doesn’t Like It

    Yeah, the public just hates it. That’s why it’s been so easy for the Republicans to repeal it. That’s why it’s just been a piece of cake for the Republicans to stop funding it.

    Killing ObamaCare is such a politically popular thing, why it’s simply a no-brainer. We’ll be freed of this Eternal Economy Killer just as soon as the Republicans in congress get time to vote on it.


  14. Well, at least Obamacare is going to be revenue neutral just like Obama promised.

  15. I slipped in the shower and need to get a shampoo bottle surgically removed from my anus… is that covered?

    1. oh, my bad… turned out to be the government’s fist.

  16. Lets just go all the way with free market health care…if you can’t pay then you just suffer and die..end of story…

    lets try a poll for that…

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