Just 26 percent of Americans want to repeal health care law

House Minority Leader John Boehner — perhaps the House Speaker-in-waiting — believes that Republicans have a sure-fire winner in his pledge to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. He believes that the new law is so roundly unpopular that the GOP can only gain adherents by rolling it back.
Not so fast.
A new Kaiser poll has found that more voters like the law than not:

The tug of war for public opinion on health reform continues this month, with approval and disapproval staying in the same relatively narrow band each has occupied since passage even as favorable views regain a small upper hand, 49 percent favorable vs. 40 percent unfavorable. Opinion is more closely divided among this fall’s likely voters (46 percent vs. 45 percent), and opponents of the law continue to hold their views more emphatically than supporters. Overall, 26 percent of Americans believe the law should be repealed.

It’s true that confusion reigns about the new law, largely due to a relentless disinformation campaign by Republicans. But there is a lot more confusion than anger, as the following chart shows (h/t Daily Dish):
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And here is where is gets more interesting. According to a recent Associated Press poll, many of the voters who are disappointed wanted the new law to do more, not less.

A new AP poll finds that Americans who think the law should have done more outnumber those who think the government should stay out of health care by 2-to-1.

“I was disappointed that it didn’t provide universal coverage,” said Bronwyn Bleakley, 35, a biology professor from Easton, Mass.. .

The poll found that about four in 10 adults think the new law did not go far enough to change the health care system, regardless of whether they support the law, oppose it or remain neutral. On the other side, about one in five say they oppose the law because they think the federal government should not be involved in health care at all.

It will be interesting to see just how far the GOP pushes the idea of repealing the Affordable Health Care Act.

459 comments Add your comment

Kamchak

September 28th, 2010
12:05 pm

And here is where is gets more interesting. According to a recent Associated Press poll, many of the voters who are disappointed wanted the new law to do more, not less.

Count me among those.

Jimmy62

September 28th, 2010
12:07 pm

Considering the Dems set the bill up so most of the stuff that really sucks won’t go in to effect for a couple of years, it doesn’t surprise. Ask how people like it 5 years from now when it’s bankrupting us, and lowering our standard of care, while providing very little that is positive to anyone except college grads who live with their parents.

Cynthia makes a point without mentioning the facts that completely belie her point. How unusual.

Bubba Bob

September 28th, 2010
12:14 pm

I can’t believe that a law that was 2000+ pages, wasn’t read, and was rushed through Congress just so they could get something to pass won’t help us. What’s wrong with people? This is how the system works! Get something passed, tell everyone that you did a great thing and then who cares if it works or not?

People expect too much from their government. We want responsible spending and we want everything to be given to us. We want our leaders to read the laws they are passing and we want them to quit being so political.

We need to join the real world. Leadership doesn’t work like that. Do what I say and not what I do…now that’s leadership.

dw

September 28th, 2010
12:15 pm

horse hockey !!!

duck feal

September 28th, 2010
12:18 pm

Ditto, Kamchak!

Bubba Bob

September 28th, 2010
12:20 pm

Ditto, Kamchak!

I wanted the law to just give me my insurance. I also don’t want to work anymore. I’d like to just stay home with my family and still get paid the rest of my life.

Why can’t we pass that law?

John K

September 28th, 2010
12:20 pm

I agree with Kamchak.

Bubba Bob

September 28th, 2010
12:23 pm

Go Kamchak, go!

Can we get a bill to pay my electric bill? The rich don’t pay for their fair share of electricity anyway.

Mystified

September 28th, 2010
12:23 pm

Ha. I have to give it to the dems. They know much more about branding than the repubs. Affordable Health Care Act is a title not a description but most people have no idea. They just want to waive a wand and Poof. Universal health care. In reality, they don’t care what type of health care it is or what you call it as long as it’s free. And if the dems tell them it won’t cost them anything. They’ll believe it. The Govment will give it to them free of charge.

ctucker

September 28th, 2010
12:23 pm

Jimmy62@12:07, How, exactly, will the law bankrupt us? which is likely to bankrupt us first, the Affordable Health Care Act or Medicare?

Poor Boy from Alabama

September 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

Ms. Tucker,

How about the latest poll from Rasmussen that came out yesterday?

rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/health_care_law

Here are a couple of excerpts from the Rasmussen web site:

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Likely Voters nationwide now favor repeal of the new health care law, including 46% who Strongly Favor repeal, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

That’s down slightly from results found last week, when 61% favored repeal of the bill. Thirty-five percent (35%) oppose repeal of the law, including 25% who are Strongly Opposed.

Since Congress’ passage of the bill in late March, however, a majority of voters have consistently favored repeal of the new law, with support ranging from a low of 53% to a high of 63%.

There also continues to be a large divide between the Political Class and Mainstream voters on the issue. While 73% of Mainstream voters favor repeal of the law, 86% of voters in the Political Class oppose repeal.

Maybe this is why so few Democrats are touting their support for Obamacare during this election cycle.

Reality

September 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

@Jimmy62 -

“…most of the stuff that really sucks won’t go in to effect for a couple of years…”

Oh, please! Have you read the bill at all? Or, are you relying on the crap that FOX news reports? I have read the bill, every single word. I see nothing at all that anyone reasonable would disagree with.

Please be specific. Which point, exactly, goes into effect in a few years that “sucks” in your opinion?

Bubba Bob

September 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

ctucker,

Wasteful spending across the board is going to bankrupt us. Doesn’t matter what title it has. We need to cut spending and balance the budget. I give Clinton credit for giving it a go.

Big D

September 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

CT,
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that we need to do some thing to reduce the cost of health care, but this AIN”T it. If you want to fix something as big as this you DON”T do it with ANOTHER big, confusing and earmarked to hell and gone piece of legislation that even the BOZO”S who signed it into law fail to comprehend…let alone the populous.
If it was really for helping people they would have identified the major components that cause an incremental rise in health care costs and then prioritize, fixing them one at a time so all would understand. This is a power grab and has NEVER been about the most important part… people.

Bubba Bob

September 28th, 2010
12:26 pm

Reality,

The part were the government is forcing me to buy a product ’sucks’. That’s one part I really do not like and feel should be struck down by the courts. We’ll have to see.

AFret

September 28th, 2010
12:27 pm

I wonder where the poll was taken. What were the racial demographics? What was the percentage of unemployed polled? Illegals polled? % on Welfare. To say 26% don’t like the health care bill is to broad of a statement. 99% of those I polled dont’t like it.

Mystified

September 28th, 2010
12:27 pm

One thing is for certain. The concept is here and the repubs better put forth a viable alternative. Whatever initiative better be proactive and fast acting.

Joel

September 28th, 2010
12:27 pm

Kamchak, more government intervention in our life. Thats the answer

Dem Lies

September 28th, 2010
12:28 pm

Funny, Cynthia the polls I read are far different from the one you took from the Dem friends you run with! The Healthcare bill is a joke. Doctors are closing up shop because of Obama political football he coined as his helping America. My company Healthcare plan took it’s largest one year increase ever. Funny, wasn’t my Healhcare suppose to be more affordable. Obama, Pelosi or Reid couldn’t even tell you what’s in the bill. It was all pure politics. Why don’t you send out another survey in December after everyone’s seen their new higher premiums for next year. And ask the American who’s doctor told them to use some over the counter med or treatment and when they try to pay for it with the flexible spending account they are denied reimbursment. Great Plan, if your a politician. Not so much if you a simple American using Healthcare. And go ask that person with a Pre Existing Condition if they can afford a policy.

ctucker

September 28th, 2010
12:31 pm

DemLies@12:28, Your health care premiums never went up before the health care law passed, right?

Dem Lies

September 28th, 2010
12:31 pm

Hey Reality, the reality is the bill does suck and won’t reduce any costs. Yea, I’ve read it and answer this question. Name one thing the government runs well. How in the world can the Fed. Gov. run Healthcare when they can’t even figure out how to get my mail to my mailbox!

ctucker

September 28th, 2010
12:31 pm

Ah, AFret@12:27, Racial demagraphics Why do you ask that?

Peadawg

September 28th, 2010
12:32 pm

” Affordable Health Care Act.”

Affordable my azz!!!!! Have you seen how many insurance are wanting insane rate hikes in order to pay for all the new people? How is that making it more affordable?

Dem Lies

September 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

Cynthia, try reading what I wrote. For the slow liberal left, “the largest increase in premiums in one year”. The LARGEST! Typcial liberal spin. You fearless leader sold this as cost savings not the largest increase!

Bubba Bob

September 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

ctucker,

What is the insurance industries profit margin? 3.5%? So they raise prices to compensate for rising costs? So what? That’s what they should do.

The beverage industry has a 25% profit margin. Is Obama going to pass the Affordable Beer and Cola Act?

Peadawg

September 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

“Your health care premiums never went up before the health care law passed, right?”

Yes, and they will go up at a much faster rate thanks to the Affordable(my azz) Health Care Act instead of lowering them like Obama said.

pennski

September 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

Cynthia, respond to Poor boy from Alabama. Or wait, another poll that makes you look wrong would just cloud your style right?

AFret

September 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

CT, Every result in a poll depends on who you ask!

Rick Sultana

September 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

Oh, Miss Cynthia, didn’t you even read the first paragraph regarding their finds:

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — September 2010

Six months since the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and a month and a half before the midterm congressional elections, Kaiser’s September Health Tracking Poll finds the public remains divided on the new law. Public confusion over the new health law has risen to its highest point since April.

“Public confusion” about the law is rising. And you trust the numbers of this poll?

As I’ve stated before, “You are entitled to your opinions, even if you are clueless.”

Cheers,
Rick Sultana

Bubba Bob

September 28th, 2010
12:37 pm

I demand free cola! The rich should have to pay a premium on their champagne so I can have my Sam’s Choice Cola for free!

SonnyFab

September 28th, 2010
12:37 pm

Reading the AP story where CT gets her “more interesting” quotes shows one very interesting thing that Ms. Tucker forgot to copy and paste (although I’m not sure how she missed it since it’s from the paragraph immediately following ‘On the other side, about one in five say they oppose the law because they think the federal government should not be involved in health care at all.’): “Overall, 30 percent favored the legislation, while 40 percent opposed it, and another 30 percent remained neutral.” This seems to be in stark contrast to “49 percent favorable vs. 40 percent unfavorable.”

Dem Lies

September 28th, 2010
12:38 pm

If Washingto would learn simple economics. You can’t add millions to the Healthcare roles and not expect to pay for it. OK Cynthia, what was wrong with this!

1. State Healthcare plans today are a monopoly. The concervatives stated it’s clear economics. Open up the Healthcare in all states just like auto insurance. In some states you have as few as two companies to choose from. Add more competition, rates go down.

2. Put individuals into Health Co Ops. Insurance is a risk and reward business. You add one unhealthy person to 50 healthy ones in a co op and the insurance company can offer affordable rates.

3. Deal with Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

4. Deal with Tort Reform. Doctors are charging so much because they can’t afford their insurance. But Cynthia I forget, your Dems need the Trial Lawyers because the donate so much to your campaigns.

Again, Politics before commone sense!

Mike K

September 28th, 2010
12:38 pm

@ctucker
@Jimmy62@12:07, How, exactly, will the law bankrupt us? which is likely to bankrupt us first, the Affordable Health Care Act or Medicare?
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Are you suggesting that Obamacare is a fiscally responsible government program on the basis that Medicare spending is even more profligate?

Beary H

September 28th, 2010
12:40 pm

It doesn’t matter to the Pubs how many support them, its about who screams the loudest.

Jethro

September 28th, 2010
12:40 pm

Consider the source: Kaiser. I don’t think even you, Ms. Tucker, would consider them objective.

I’d say the AP poll is less biased, yes. But since we were told by Speaker Pelosi that “We would have to pass the bill in order to know what was in the bill,” that doesn’t surprise me. For how could know what we were getting when we bought it? A page straight out of the GOP handbook. Nice to know that both parties equally abuse the trust of the voters.

In a nutshell, don’t spit on my back and tell me it’s raining, Ms. Tucker. You sound like Squealer in Animal Farm, a liberal version of Sean Hannity. “You see? You see? You really want this! It’s good for you!”

Maybe so. Conservatives didn’t get to contribute to the discussion. You may say that’s by their own choice. “Democrats offered, Republicans walked away,” you’ll say (though I think Sens. Grassley and Snow mat beg to differ). You might even be saying quietly, “what’s good for the goose etc.” And in a sense, you’d be right. Neither party has cornered the market on governing badly.

This is a bad bill. It’s bad because it gives into the insurance and pharmaceutical companies, barely even offered a thumb-wrestling match against them. But hey, it passed, right? That’s all that matters. “We passed legislation!” To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t care what the bill says, so long as we pronounce it correctly.”

Dem Lies

September 28th, 2010
12:43 pm

O Mikey K’ – the king Obama somehow preached his new Healthcare bill would fix Medicare and all the fraud that goes with it. The Fed Gov fixing fraud would be like a you finding reality!

Eddie the LongShanks

September 28th, 2010
12:43 pm

Hogwash…dont believe a word of it. Polls are like holes, everyone has one.

Repeal the HCare mess.

Bill Campbell

September 28th, 2010
12:43 pm

The bill will be repealed! Most current Democrats who voted for this and the other stupid things will all be voted out soon!

Sick&Tired

September 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

Those 26% are probably the “Constitutionalists” who don’t have a problem treading on our other rights in this country. You know the ones, those that are okay with the Constitution as long as it agrees with their view.

Oh, Peadawg – my insurance has been going up for about a decade; exactly who were they trying to pay for back then? I’m just suprise they have stopped blaming their malpractice insurance premiums.

dylandawg

September 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

One thing the government does well…well there’s winning most of our wars…highway system is pretty good…FDA has kept us much safer than most…and let’s not forget why we are the ricjest country on Earth…the financial regulatory system that makes peolep the world over feel that there money is safer here than anywhere in the world…that is until we dismantled our regulatory system

Eddie the LongShanks

September 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

Send the illegals back to MexiMelt and eliminate a good percentage of the fraud.

CopyandPaste

September 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

Go to the DMV and get your license renewed. Go stand in line at the post office and send a package overseas. Go to immigration to get your spouse’s citizenship. Go to any government office run by govt employees and wait to get something important done – anything at all. Then come back and tell us you still want these clowns in charge of health care!!

btw – great job with the copy and paste, CT!

Kamchak

September 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

They just want to waive a wand and Poof. Universal health care.

I have no problem owning that sentiment.

David S

September 28th, 2010
12:45 pm

Cynthia said “Jimmy62@12:07, How, exactly, will the law bankrupt us? which is likely to bankrupt us first, the Affordable Health Care Act or Medicare?”

Nice sound argument Cynthia. Both bills were passed by Democratic presidents with democratic congresses and both are complete disasters. The only thing worse than Medicare is the Medicare Drug benefit the idiot republicans passed under a republican president.

Nobody bothers to listen to Ron Paul who has been advocating getting government COMPLETELY out of the health care business. Only through that mechanism can we ever hope to restore freedom, common sense, true choice, price reductions, cost reductions and the like to medicine.

skydog

September 28th, 2010
12:45 pm

Facts

My COBRA insurance cost $1,150 a month right now. This $1,150 extends my past United Health Care coverage. That just gets me into a co-pay which has gone up 22% a year for the last 5 years.

The United Health Care CEO made $113 million last year and 835 million the last 8 years.

There is who has YOUR country.

Socialism

September 28th, 2010
12:45 pm

Yay for more government hand outs and wealth redistribution! People like Mrs. Tucker and Jimmy Carter are trying to ruin this country.

Eddie the LongShanks

September 28th, 2010
12:46 pm

Carter Hospitalized…oh goody. Too bad he isnt the “common man” and didnt happen a little later so he could enjoy all the fruits of ObamaCare.

R. Mussen

September 28th, 2010
12:46 pm

Poor Boy from Alabama
September 28th, 2010
12:24 pm
How about the latest poll from Rasmussen that came out yesterday?

Your Rasmussen poll is of LIKELY VOTERS… Not exactly representative of all of society…

ken

September 28th, 2010
12:46 pm

Our government has a track record – they do NOTHING efficiently !!
What makes you think it is going to be affordable ?
I would rather fight with an insurance company than a government employee that DOES NOT CARE.

Sick&Tired

September 28th, 2010
12:47 pm

Exactly why wouldn’t Kaiser be considered objective? They do provide the exact same healthcare services as do United Healthcare, Blue Cross, Aetna, etc.