Most Americans still oppose Obamacare

Just months before kicking in, the health care overhaul isn't winning over people who see it as too liberal.

By Aimee Picchi May 28, 2013 10:50AM

Medical doctor (© Corbis/SuperStock)The Affordable Care Act will become reality in a little more than seven months, but it's not making much headway in winning over more Americans. 


Fifty-four percent of Americans oppose Obamacare, according to a CNN/ORC International poll. Those numbers are little changed from 2010, when President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law.


Not surprisingly, most people in opposition say they're against the law because it's too liberal, although 16% oppose Obamacare because it doesn't go far enough. 


How an American feels about the ACA is based largely on his or her political preference, with only 16% of Republicans approving of the act and 75% of Democrats supporting it. 


"A majority of younger Americans favor the new health care law; support among other age groups falls as low as 31% among senior citizens. Only a third of whites support the law, compared to six in 10 nonwhites. Obamacare also wins majority support in urban areas and in the Northeast, the bluest region of the country," CNN polling director Keating Holland told the news outlet.


The poll raises questions about whether the Obama administration will be able to sway more Americans as the deadline ticks down and enrollment starts in October. 


The government is working on an outreach and education plan, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid told MSN Money last month. As part of that effort, it hired public-relations firm Weber Shandwick to create a "strategic and tactical plan," the group said in an email.


Yet so far, that outreach appears to be falling short. Forty-two percent of Americans don't know the Affordable Care Act is still in effect, with about 12% believing Congress got rid of it, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll earlier this month. 


Many businesses are struggling with the law as the deadline approaches, with Regal Entertainment Group (RGC) stirring controversy by cutting hours for workers rather than providing health insurance under Obamacare. Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) lobbied to change the definition of a full-time worker, which under the law is only 30 hours a week.


Though most Americans oppose the law, 43% support it.


Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.


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May 28, 2013 11:15AM
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It shouldn't be too difficult to understand why America is divided along party because that reflects their individual experiences with government programs. Republican views reflect their experience with government programs which mostly consists mailing the government money and watching them waste it. The Democrat view reflects their experience with government programs which consists of walking to the mailbox to receive that wasted money. No wonder America is divided along party lines.  
May 28, 2013 11:03AM
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More will be when they realize they won't be getting it for free and have to buy it with money they now don't have to spend. If you make minimum wage you will pay, a lower cost, but you will pay! Only welfare and illegal's will get it for free.
May 28, 2013 11:11AM
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Wait a minute, I thought Obama knows what's best for everyone; albeit he and all of Congress and the Senate aren't forced into using Obamacare.
May 28, 2013 11:13AM
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Another nail in the coffin of the USofA.  Obuma will not be happy until the United States is belly up.
May 28, 2013 11:47AM
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This is called "taxation without representation."  Obama and Pelosi and Reid are nothing but tyrants.
May 28, 2013 11:14AM
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Watch...the cost numbers will double in 2014, 2015 to destructive levels - we should send this whole administration to Jail - and for what...all so the Dem's can create more welfare votes?
May 28, 2013 11:10AM
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You reap what you sew, I didn't vote for the Commie!
May 28, 2013 11:07AM
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Yeah it's cranked premiums with less coverage, doctors are retiring, it's hurting the FT job market and OH...the corrupt IRS is managing it - hope you're not a repub white guy
May 28, 2013 11:14AM
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I love the young goofballs who thought it would be cool voting for a novelty act just to be part of history.  Now they are working, not making as much as their degree should be worth and the cost of healthcare went up astronomically for the young and went down for the older employees.  Due to Obamacare, there can't be more than a 3-1 differential in the cost between the younger and older employees.  Previously, the younger employees paid very little, as they are typically healthier, now a few of my employees cost per month went UP $600, while some of the older employees cost went down several hundred.  They are not fans anymore.
May 28, 2013 11:34AM
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I oppose it because I think it's just an excuse to tax us more money.  There's no way I can afford the premium jump that's coming when I have to change from a $5,000 deductible back to $2,000.  I can afford my $250 per monht, but not the $800 that my insurance carrier says it's going to be, therefore I'm going to have to pay the tax for not having insurance that I had before Obamacare kicked in.  Remeber the "you get to keep what you already have" promise?  What a farce.
May 28, 2013 11:29AM
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Affordable Care Act!  My wife's high deductible health insurance premium increased from $325 to $396 a month.  She has not had a claim for more than five years - it has cost our insurer nothing.  My Medicare Supplemental premium just increased from $135 to $152 per month.  Affordable care is a misnomer.
May 28, 2013 11:14AM
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The Obama-Voter's were "warned" about this mess!!  They chose to remain "ignorant" and keep this radical left-wing, gay muslim, in charge!!
May 28, 2013 11:11AM
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The stupid Obama voter probably thinks obamacare means Obama will personally be their doctor for free.
May 28, 2013 11:44AM
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the good news is the younger people that supported it are going to take the biggest hit in premium increases LOL

 

The affordable care act should be renamed the unaffordable care act, nothing was done to make care  more affordable and in fact it makes it worse.

May 28, 2013 11:22AM
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Why do we even need a President, if he only represents half of the people ?
May 28, 2013 12:43PM
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If Obama wants everyone else to use the health care act then he should use it also and see that congressmen and senators use it to--If its good for us it should be for them .
May 28, 2013 11:25AM
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If 42% don't even know this is law, how accurate could this poll and resulting article be?
May 28, 2013 11:14AM
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The percentage whom oppose is much higher than that if you account for all facets of Obama care. This program will be looked back on as the straw thats broke our countries back.

Research> Multiculturalism and you will understand what and why this is happening to our nation...and it is ALL by design and its working better than they thought...so pull your head out you'll be needing it very soon. 
May 28, 2013 11:13AM
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How could 54% oppose such a great concept that obviously was well thought out and will be a benefit to everyone?  I just don't get it, Obama promised that it is a great plan.  We should just accept his word and follow blindly.
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