Most Americans oppose defunding Obamacare

Even though many view the law unfavorably, a majority have a quarrel with using the budget to cripple it.

By Aimee Picchi Aug 29, 2013 3:02PM

Doctor sitting in office with patient talking and smiling (© Paul Bradbury, OJO Images, Getty Images)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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Aug 29, 2013 5:08PM
if nobamacare is so great why are the politicians and unions getting an exemptions
Aug 29, 2013 4:54PM
For those that support Obamacare, I make 24K a year, single dad raising 2 small daughters on my own.

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.

Aug 29, 2013 4:53PM

"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


Stop lying! 

Aug 29, 2013 5:24PM

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.

Aug 29, 2013 5:12PM
57% of Americans my ****. Take a real survey, and while u are at it, remember illegal's that entered this pole are NOT Americans...
Aug 29, 2013 5:32PM

I don.t know which AMERICANS you have been talking to. Why don't

 you be honest with your articles.

Aug 29, 2013 4:24PM

"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. . .

Aug 29, 2013 5:49PM
This is an outright lie.  The truth is most Americans can't stand this absurd law that will only cause hardship to all.
Aug 29, 2013 3:34PM
That is because the right thing to do is to repeal it.
Aug 29, 2013 5:35PM

I wondered who was polled, because I believe most Americans would support defunding Obamacare. Seriously, what is there to 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.

Aug 29, 2013 5:45PM
obamacare has nothing to do with medical and everything to do with control. if your for it you had better read it and don't take anyones word for what it says!!im telling you right now,read it,.and defund it scrap it whatever but do not let this become law.stop!!!
Aug 29, 2013 6:18PM
Bull $hit - The poll was conducted by the "Kaiser Family Foundation" - go to their webiste - they are pushing obamacare.
Aug 29, 2013 4:45PM
Since Obama has never gotten a budget passed since his reign started, those that don't believe that the budget is the way to do it are just as idiotic as the law itself...
Aug 29, 2013 5:47PM
defund it ... I still don't see how it passed ... it is an infringement on our personal rights as humans to buy what we think we need or even can afford ... can't afford it ?? then we will take and make you pay another way by sticking our hands in your income tax pocket ... I still do not see how this cannot be against the constitutional rights of americans ... someone enlighten me on this?? and how come these polls are never taken with EVERYONE stating their opinion ?? when America quits seeing it's citizens as numbers (and finding a way to fudge the numbers to their advantage) and relate to them as human beings then it will never become strong again.  companies would rather spend more on advertising and charity (which is actually a form of advertisement) than to pay the employees who break their backs everyday to get them their profits... then they wonder why sales go down .. we don't have the money we don't have the jobs and we don't need extra expenses forced on us ... defund defund defund !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there is my vote
Aug 29, 2013 6:09PM
Why would anyone, especially Obama himself be surprised that this bill isn't popular?  It was shoved down our throats, and Obama refused any input that was given to him at the time.  He specifically ignored all the suggestions and alternatives proposed by republicans, and now he's whining because they don't like it?  Pelosi insisted that they needed to pass the law before we could see what was in it, and now we've seen it, and we don't like it.  Nearly every promise that was made is being broken.  They said that if we are happy with our current insurance/doctor, we can keep them, but most companies are finding that it will be too costly to keep things as they are.  To avoid the high costs of this law, they either have to make changes in coverage or move employees to part time so they won't have to provide insurance.  And is it fair that all these small and medium size businesses have to comply, while the big businesses who are close to Obama are getting exemptions from it?  And speaking of exemptions, if this law is so great, why did our lawmakers go to such great lengths to be exempted from it?  And now even the enforcement wing of it, the IRS, has asked to be exempted, since they don't like it.  How is that fair?  What can individuals and small businesses do if we don't like it?  Answer:  the only thing we can do is to do everything we can to prevent the funding of obamacare.
Aug 29, 2013 6:24PM
Really?  I'd like to see another poll taken by a neutral company.  I'd rather not take the word of the Kaiser Family Foundation.  Are you kidding me...!?
Aug 29, 2013 4:41PM
What a crock this is,
Destroy the whole health care system and Tim he LIB's think its a great thing .??
Oh we'll what can you expect from a bunch of DA's.

Aug 29, 2013 6:32PM
it will be like funding the titanic. but we have to fund it before we watch it sink.


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