Polls: 77 of Uninsured Don't Want Obamacare, Majority of Voters Want Repeal
Thursday, December 19, 2013 09:29 AM
By: Courtney Coren
Two out of three voters want Obamacare delayed, including a majority of Democrats who now say they want the new healthcare law postponed — a surge in sentiment that has climbed 10 percent since October in the latest Fox New poll.
A majority said they would vote to have the new healthcare law repealed, if they were able, and they wish it had never passed and the old system was still in place, according to the poll taken Dec. 14-16 of 1,027 registered voters across the country.
The Fox News poll was one of two polls published Wednesday that showed the growing unpopularity of the law. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll also showed that a majority disapprove of the new health care law, even the uninsured, who are supposed to benefit from the law.
Seventy-seven percent of the uninsured told The Times that they disagree with the requirement to buy insurance, in the poll taken Dec. 5-8 of 1,000 adults and Dec. 4-15 of 702 of uninsured adults.
While a majority said they were likely to get insurance by the end of the open enrollment period on March 31, 35 percent said they would likely just opt to pay the fine. Getting the uninsured to enroll through one of the exchanges is considered key to making Obamacare financially viable.
However, only 37 percent of Americans and 33 percent of the uninsured in that poll believe the healthcare law should be repealed altogether, a number that has fallen since November before the front-end of HealthCare.gov was largely fixed.
In the Fox News poll, 60 percent said they don't believe enough people will enroll in health insurance, which would help the success of the law.
While 42 percent of the uninsured in The Times poll said they perused one of the government ran health insurance exchanges, only 10 percent said they had actually applied.
Two-in-three voters in the Fox News poll said the Obama Administration knew that it wasn't true that Americans who liked their doctors would be able to keep their doctors. Ninety-five percent of those polled said being able to choose their own doctor is important.
Over 70 percent find the broken promises that individuals could keep their health insurance and/or doctors troubling.
The same poll also had 59 percent of voters saying they disapprove of Obama's job performance on healthcare.
Thirty percent of the uninsured in The Times poll predict that Obamacare will cause quality of care to worsen.
Robyn Logan of Bowie, Marlyand is an uninsured Democrat who is skeptical of the affect Obamacare will have on the health care system and her ability to see a doctor.
"I need to see a doctor and my fear is that even if I get insurance, I won't be able to find one," she said. "I was on Medicaid at one point and couldn't find a doctor because no one would take me."