February 16, 2014
According to a new Fox News poll, over half of Americans are now feeling regretful that ObamaCare passed, and believe that the President’s health care law is more about a chance to expand the government’s control over our daily lives than it is to provide affordable, quality care to Americans.
Two thirds polled said they believed that ObamaCare never would have passed if the disastrous effects that people all across the country are experiencing now had been known back then.
Furthermore, only 9 percent of people say that they are better off because of this law.
via You Won’t Believe Just How Many Americans Are Having Regrets About ObamaCare – National Republican Congressional Committee www.nrcc.org – National Republican Congressional Committee.
February 3, 2014
But the apparent discrepancies between what policy makers expected and how many of the intended beneficiaries of ObamaCare seem to be behaving reminds me of the divide described in Charles Murray’s 2012 book “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.” Mr. Murray, my colleague at the American Enterprise Institute, documents the sharp differences in behavior between the upper (in education and income) 20% and the bottom 30% of white Americans.
The upper group has low rates of divorce and single parenthood and high rates of what Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam calls social connectedness. They belong to voluntary associations and churches; they vote and follow public-policy debates. They tend to be connected, engaged and conscientious. The lower (income and education) group has high rates of divorce and single parenthood and low rates of social connectedness. They tend to be disconnected and disengaged, and sometimes heedless. It should not be surprising that they may not respond to the same health-care mandates, incentives and nudges that policy makers and others in the upper group do.
via Michael Barone: How ObamaCare Misreads America – WSJ.com.
January 30, 2014
According to the January version of the monthly tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, just 24 percent of uninsured adults under 65 have a favorable view of the health care law, while 47 percent, or nearly double, have an unfavorable view. In April 2010, the same survey taken weeks after Obama signed the health care legislation into law, 50 percent had a favorable view, compared to 27 percent had an unfavorable view. On a net basis, that\’s a 46-point drop in favorability.
via Obamacare favorability rating down a net 46 points since time of passage — among uninsured | WashingtonExaminer.com.
January 30, 2014
Uninsured Americans — the people that the Affordable Care Act was designed to most aid — are increasingly critical of the law as its key provisions kick in, a poll released Thursday finds.
This month’s tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 47 percent of the uninsured said they hold unfavorable views of the law while 24 percent said they liked it. These negative views have increased since December, when 43 percent of the uninsured panned the law and 36 percent liked it. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the Foundation.)
via Health Law Is A Tough Sell To Uninsured – Capsules – The KHN Blog.
December 19, 2013
Americans who lack medical coverage disapprove of President Obama’s health care law at roughly the same rate as the insured, even though most say they struggle to pay for basic care, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
via Uninsured Skeptical of Health Care Law in Poll – NYTimes.com.
December 16, 2013
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.
via Poll: Majority Of Insured Americans Blame Obamacare For Rising Premiums « CBS DC.
December 11, 2013
There are a lot of interesting nuggets in the Pew breakdown of generational voting patterns above, but the one that’s most striking to me is the sharp division between Nixon-era Boomers and Ford/Carter-era Boomers. The former are more Democratic-leaning than the public average, whereas the younger cohort leaned right, 2006 excepted. But the finding of most significance going forward is that both Millennials and younger Gen X-ers are turning out to be pretty reliable Democrats, the most reliable since the “Greatest Generation” that came of age under FDR. If that sticks, it could have big ramifications going forward.
via Millennials are the leftiest generation since FDR.
December 11, 2013
The federal health-care law is becoming a heavier political burden for President Barack Obama and his party, despite increased confidence in the economy and the public’s own generally upbeat sense of well-being, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests.
Disapproval of Mr. Obama’s job performance hit an all-time high in the poll, at 54%, amid the flawed rollout of the health law. Half of those polled now consider the law a bad idea, also a record high.
The survey of 1,000 adults conducted between Dec. 4 and Dec. 8 found a sharp erosion since January in many of the attributes—honesty, leadership, ability to handle a crisis—that had kept Mr. Obama aloft through the economic and political turmoil of his first term.
via Poll: Health Law Hurting Obama Politically – WSJ.com.
December 4, 2013
A new poll from Harvard University\’s Institute of Politics shows young people increasingly cooling to President Obama and his signature domestic achivement, Obamacare. Fifty-four percent of young people (ages 18 to 29) disapprove of the job Obama is doing. A total of 47 percent of young people, including 52 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 24, say they would choose to recall Obama if they could.
Obamacare is undoubtedly a major force in this change among so-called Millennials (61 percent say they disapprove of his handling of health care). The poll found that 57 percent of young people disapprove of Obamacare, with just 38 percent approving of the law. The numbers were not signficantly different when those polled were asked how they felt about the \”Affordable Care Act\” as opposed to \”Obamacare.\” A plurality said the law would make their health care worse (44 percent for \”Obamacare\” and 40 percent for the \”Affordable Care Act\”) while a majority (51 percent for \”Obamacare\” and 50 percent for the \”Affordable Care Act\”) said they believed the amount they would pay for health care under the law would increase.
via Poll: Young People Abandoning Obama over Obamacare | The Weekly Standard.
December 1, 2013
One of the problems with the back-end issues insurance companies are facing is the problem of \”orphan records\”—people who think they\’ve signed up on the web site but the information never actually made it to the insurance company. Those people are going to assume they\’re covered on Jan. 1, 2014. That\’s a possible anecdote factory of people who need care, were covered before, thought they\’d switched to the new program, and are now are shocked and panicked because they\’re not. Another potential headache that needs to be managed is the president\’s promise that people can keep their doctor if they would like to. That won\’t be the case for many people as insurers restrict the choice of doctors to keep costs down. And then there\’s the fact that the IRS will be handling the enforcement of the law—a highly unpopular institution the Republicans have exploited for political gain before.
via Democrats have an Obamacare punch list: The president’s party prepares for more bad health care news..