Most Americans oppose defunding Obamacare
Even though many view the law unfavorably, a majority have a quarrel with using the budget to cripple it.
While some conservative politicians want to defund the Affordable Care Act, they're out of step with most Americans, according to a new survey.
Even though more Americans oppose the health care overhaul than support it, a majority believe that defunding the law isn't an appropriate action, the Kaiser Family Foundation reports in its August tracking poll.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans say they disagree with the proposal to cut off funding as a way to halt Obamacare. Among those who disagree with defunding, 69% said using the budget process as a way to halt a law isn't an appropriate action, the survey found.
Tea partiers and other conservatives have floated the idea of strangling financial support for the law, on the basis of saving Americans from a "train wreck," as expressed by Brent Bozell III, chairman of the conservative group ForAmerica.
However, a sizable chunk of Republicans also disapprove of defunding Obamacare, the study found. One-third of Republicans gave a thumbs down to the plan, even though the law has found a chilly reception among conservatives.
Not surprisingly, 81% of Democrats disapproved of cutting off funding.
Obamacare, which mostly goes into effect in 2014, has caused confusion among both consumers and businesses, and it has raised concerns over potentially higher health care costs.
Shipping giant UPS (UPS) earlier this month said it would cut off some spouses of employess from its health insurance plan as a way to cope with costs from the ACA. Companies such as Regal Entertainment Group (RCG) have cut worker hours to under 30 per week as a way of avoiding paying for health insurance under the law.
About 42% of Americans have a negative view of the law, little changed during the past several months, the Kaiser Family Foundation found. Only 37% of Americans say they view Obamacare favorably. The poll surveyed 1,503 adults and has a margin of error of three points.
While conservatives such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, try to rally support for defunding the law, the poll's finding shows why many others view the effort as little more than a gimmick.
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My health insurance has risen from $41 to $76 per pay since the passage of Obamacare. My copays have doubled and my out of pocket before insurance kicks in has also doubled.
Yesterday, my company had us fill out forms so then can shop for insurance before Obamacare takes full effect in an attempt to "lock in" our rates.
We were told to expect another $15 increase in our rates per pay and possible higher deductibles.
Any further increase, and I will have to drop my coverage and take my chances with the fine Obama has decided I will have to pay.
So, just how has this helped me?
I can't be the only one in the country that this is happening to in this income bracket.
Is this just the administrations way of pushing me toward gov't funded healthcare?
I have always prided myself on making it on my own, now under this President, I find that I cannot afford to do so.
Thanks for nothing Democrats.
"If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor". . . LIE.
"If you like your healthcare plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan". . . LIE
"Most Americans oppose defunding Obamacare" . . . LIE
I took an unscientific poll on my daughters Facebook page......young, just out of college kids......and it came back that 86% wanted nothing to do with Obamacare.
I took a poll of my fellow employees at a midsize architectural firm and it cam back 92% do not want Obamacare.....
So I say their survey is a complete lie, the American people, young and old do not want the program, so repeal it and lets get back to business.
I don.t know which AMERICANS you have been talking to. Why don't
you be honest with your articles.
"Obamacare, which mostly goes into effect in 2014, has caused confusion among both consumers and businesses"
and seniors, adults, children, democrats, republicans, independents, Asians, Americans, Latinos. . .
I wondered who was polled, because I believe most Americans would support defunding Obamacare. Seriously, what is there to like....pay more & more....get less & less. Unless, of course you are a member of Congress. a CEO, or some other special interest group that received an exemption.
If this is so great, then it should be the same for all Americans in every state across the board. There is definitely something wrong here, but forget about transparency because there is none.
In addition, supposedly this is the law now, but somehow they keep changing the rules daily. Absolutely mind-boggling...only in America under Obama.
ATTENTION ALL AARP MEMBERS EVERY ONE OF US WERE LIED TO BY THE AARP BY THEM TELLING US NO DEATH PANELS AND WE CAN KEEP OUR DOCTORS AND NOMEDCARE WILL NOT BE CUT. SO LETS US ORGANIZE A CLASS ACTION LAW SUIT
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