Poll: Majority Says They Will Hold Trump Accountable for ObamaCare Failings

A majority of the public says they hold the Trump administration and Congress accountable for any problems with ObamaCare because they have made changes to the law, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll found that a majority of those surveyed — 58 percent — said they hold the administration and Republican members of Congress responsible for any problems with the ACA since they have made a number of changes to the law.

According to the survey, most of the public also say they think President Trump and his administration are trying to make the Affordable Care Act fail.

Fifty-six percent of respondents believe the administration is trying to make the law fail, while 32 percent say they think it’s trying to make it work… Read More at The Hill

Obamacare Getting More Popular With Voters in First Month of Trump’s Presidency

Obamacare is getting more popular with voters even as President Donald Trump moves to get rid of the landmark health-care law.

A total of 45 percent of registered voters say they approve of Obamacare, compared to 45 percent who oppose the law, a new Politico/Morning Consult poll finds.

Since early January — weeks before Trump moved into the White House — there has been a drop of seven percentage points among voters opposed to Obamacare.

Read more at CNBC

Yes, It’s Still Unpopular

Bob Adelmann writes in The New American (online, 9/28) that when it comes U.S. healthcare reform efforts (at least for those pushing towards a single-payer system) the fact that the “lawsuit against President Obama” is proceeding “should bring comfort to that majority of Americans who, despite distractions over the Middle East, immigration, the decline in the stock market, and the 2016 presidential races, have actually increased their opposition to Obamacare’s requirement that every American have health insurance.”

Adelmann’s New American article cites a Rasmussen survey which recently disclosed that just under 40 percent of “likely U.S. voters” feel the government “should mandate that every American have health insurance.” This reflects the lowest level of support for Obamacare since December 2013.

  • In July of 2014, the House voted to authorize a lawsuit by its members in its entirety against the Obama administration for “actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States.”

The U.S. House lawsuit lodged against the Affordable Care Act and Obama administration argues:

  • The Obama White House overstepped its authority with its postponing of the employer mandate.
  • The Obama administration “spent billions in payments to insurance companies that were never authorized by the House.”
  •  The New American article additionally summarizes by saying, “In simple terms, the lawsuit complains that the Obama administration, being denied the funds necessary to implement a major part of ObamaCare — paying off insurance companies to offset premium reductions mandated by the act — went ahead and paid them off anyway.”

Read more at: New American Magazine.com 

Would Huey Long Would Be Concerned About This Obamacare Result?

Surveys are often about trends, and trends may reflect not only ever-changing public opinion, but the public’s general taste for concepts, or even ideals. A recent report in The New York Times by Thomas B. Edsall (online, Apr. 15) quotes Robert Blandon, Harvard University School of Health policy professor and political analyst, who says healthcare arguments began their transformation during the 2008 presidential campaign. Prior to that, “the major issue was the moral principle of providing care for the poor. In the context of the presidential campaign, however, the public focus shifted.”

This directional change in American public opinion with regard to care for the least fortunate is seen by some as “a major victory for the Republican Party,” according to Edsall. Specifically, the area of transformation is over society’s concept of “share the wealth,” even when it comes to single-payer healthcare. Edsall’s NYT report clarifies, “[i]t is part of a larger trend: a steady decline in support for redistributive government policies.”

The causes? Possibly, worries on the part of many over the cost of Obamacare-based health insurance plans – which then translate into tax increases and premium jumps for those in possession of such coverage.

  • Also, according to the NYT, a study by Matthew Lustig of the University of Minnesota Political Science Department titled “The Structure of Inequality and Americans’ Attitudes Toward Redistribution,” contends “as inequality increases, so does ideological conservatism in the electorate.”
  • Edsall’s New York Times article cites a 2006 Gallup Poll. In that year, the margin was 69-28 for those in favor of guaranteeing U.S. healthcare as a right, and as one with protections. Yet, towards the end of 2014 – the pro camp had dropped to 45 percent. Those saying that healthcare in the U.S. is not a federal duty rose to 52 percent.

Read more at The New York Times

Will Getting To Know Obamacare Attract More ACA Fans?

A new National Memo Web page post (Oct. 10) by Jonathan Bernstein, citing Bloomberg View, alludes to any negative views of Obamacare, not being due to President Barack Obama, but rather to inherent structural flaws of the Affordable Care Act itself. Very recently the Gallup organization released survey results showing 16 percent of those polled feel Obamacare has been a help, while 27 percent view the Affordable Care Act as a hindrance. These responses of course point up – pocketbook issues.

The National Memo Report adds, “For one thing, even though the ACA may have moderated the rise in the cost of healthcare, even smaller price increases will be perceived as a harmful result of the law. There is always a variation in costs, and Republicans are going to publicize any spikes and Democrats aren’t going to trumpet increases, even when they are at or below trend. Indeed, Republicans will blame reform for every bad healthcare story, regardless of whether it is ACA-related.”

Persistent bad, or at least unresolved feelings about Obamacare, overall, may persist (according to the National Memo report) due to:

●How many young people who are able to remain on their parents’ insurance, know it is due to a provision in the Affordable Care Act?

●How many individuals with “Expanded Medicaid” know they are actually getting Obamacare benefits?

●How many people know Obamacare is the reason they don’t surpass yearly or lifetime income reimbursement limitations?

Read more at The National Memo

Bankrate.com Survey: 43 Percent Say Obamacare Has Damaged Nation

Americans still aren’t sold on Obamacare, with 43 percent believing the Affordable Care Act has had a negative effect on the nation, a new poll released Wednesday shows.

A Bankrate.com survey also finds 21 percent don’t think the health care law has had much of any kind of effect on the country, while 28 percent believe Obamacare has been positive for America.

The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Read more at Newsmax.com

Poll: Two Thirds Satisfied with Healthcare System

The Gallup Poll, which was recently accused of being biased against the Obama Administration, has a new survey showing 60 percent of those responding are satisfied with the current healthcare system – as it is now.  32 percent say they are dissatisfied with healthcare in the U.S. – in its current configuration.

The poll also suggests that young and elderly people are those most likely to be satisfied with healthcare in the U.S.

Read more at The Hill

Health Care Law: 44% Favor Health Law’s Individual Insurance Mandate

The latest findings in a new Rasmussen Poll of Likely U.S. Voters also shows 46 percent oppose the individual mandate, while 40 percent favor a single-payer healthcare system, providing coverage for everyone. Other critical poll results reflect consumer awareness (or lack of it) with respect to available state exchanges for the sale of health insurance.

Likely voters still like the idea of consumer choice when it comes to shopping for healthcare.

Read more at Rasmussen Reports

Fox News Poll: 60 Percent of Voters Think Implementation of ObamaCare is ‘a Joke’

Six voters in ten describe implementation of Obamacare as “a joke,” and more voters than not say problems with the government’s health insurance website are so bad someone should be fired, according to a Fox News national poll released Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

Fifty-one percent of those surveyed describe the health care law is either “a step backward” or “disastrous.” That’s down two percentage points from 53 percent from a survey in August, 2013. On the other side, 44 percent describe ObamaCare positively, either as “wonderful” or “progress.” It was 43 percent two months ago.

Most Democrats continue to describe the health care law positively: 12 percent “wonderful” and 62 percent “progress,” while most Republicans continue to call it “a step backward” (20 percent) or “disastrous” (66 percent).

Meanwhile, 60 percent of voters say the way the law is being carried out is “a joke.” That’s is up a bit from the 57 percent who felt that way in August, 2013. Likewise, 31 percent say things are “going fine” — unchanged from summer 2013.

Read More at Fox News

Fox News Poll: Voters Say Repeal ObamaCare, Expect New Law Will Cost Them

According to a Fox News national poll, voters by a 47-11 margin expect the 2010 “Obamacare” health care law to cost rather than save them money in 2014. Another 34 percent believe the the law will not alter their family’s health care costs. Seventy percent of Republicans say ObamaCare will cost them money over the next year, as opposed to 23 percent of Democrats. One Democrat in five expects the law will result in savings for their family (21 percent). On an up-or-down vote on ObamaCare, 40 percent say they would vote to keep the law in place, while just over half — 53 percent — would repeal it.

Read more at Fox News