Obamacare Poll: Majority Want the Law Repealed or Scaled Back
A Gallup poll conducted on Dec. 3-4, 2013 shows that 52% of Americans want Congress to repeal (32%) or scale back (17%) President Obama’s signature health care reform laws, up slightly from 50% in October.
Support for expanding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and Executive Order 13535, collectively and colloquially referred to as Obamacare, remains divided along political party lines. While 90% of Republicans want Obamacare repealed or scaled back, a majority of Democrats (65%) want the laws expanded or left alone. 50% of independents want the law repealed or scaled back.
The number of Americans wanting the laws repealed or scaled back has dropped five points from 57% in Jan. 2011, when Gallup began asking the question.
The new poll follows the launch of online health insurance exchanges plagued by glitches, and a controversy over whether or not the laws enable all insured people to keep their current health care coverage. On Dec. 1, the US Department of Health and Human Services stated that the federal health insurance exchange website, healthcare.gov, now “runs smoothly for the vast majority of consumers.” Obama apologized for breaking his promise that “if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan,” telling NBC news, “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me.”
As President Obama began a renewed effort to encourage young uninsured people to enroll in the new exchanges, a separate poll taken by the Harvard Institute of Politics released on Dec. 4, 2013 showed that a majority of 18-29 year-olds (57%) disapprove of the health care laws. 40% fear Obamacare will lower the quality of health care and 51% believe it will raise health care costs.
On Dec. 2, 2013, the New York Times reported that the health care laws may end up costing much less than anticipated, stating that “the Congressional Budget Office has quietly erased hundreds of billions of dollars from its projections.” The reduction in costs are expected to come from reduced spending on Medicare and Medicaid, as well as a reduction in private health insurance premiums.
Julie Bataille, “Operational Progress Report,” hhs.gov, Dec. 1, 2013
Annie Lowrey, “Cost of Health Care Law Is Seen as Decreasing,” nytimes.com, Dec. 2, 2013
Aamer Madhani, “Harvard Poll: 57% of Millennials Disapprove of Obamacare,” usatoday.com, Dec. 4, 2013
Art Swift, “Majority of Americans Want Major Changes to Health Law, gallup.com, Dec. 6, 2013
Chuck Todd, Exclusive: Obama Personally Apologizes for Americans Losing Health Coverage,” nbcnews.com, Nov. 7, 2013