Obamacare Starts Next Year, Opposed by Over Half of Americans

    May 30, 2013
    Sean Patterson
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Major segments of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – known colloquially as “Obamacare” – are set to go into effect by January 1, 2014. Programs such as health insurance exchanges; insurer prohibitions against pre-existing medical condition discrimination and annual spending caps; and an expansion of medicaid eligibility are all scheduled to roll out.

Over half of Americans, however, seem wary of the changes coming to the country’s healthcare system.

A new poll conducted by CNN and ORC International earlier this month found that 54% of Americans generally oppose Obamacare. 35% of survey respondents opposed the legislation for being “too liberal,” while 16% opposed it for being “not liberal enough.”

The survey polled 923 adult Americans by telephone. Of those polled, 648 were interviewed through a landline telephone, and 275 were reached through a cell phone. 24% of respondents described themselves as Republicans, 33% described themselves as Democrats, and 43% described themselves as either independent or a member of another party.

Though Obamacare was signed into law in 2010, conservatives have since used the bill as a rallying point for their stated opposition to larger government programs. The legislation has most famously been opposed by retiring U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, who has filed multiple bills to repeal the act, and once hyperbolically stated that it should be repealed “before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.”

  • Cameron Humphries

    I have a friend in Canada, who has said I may move there. After a few years I plan to claim citizenship there if possible.

    • looney 70

      canada has socialist healthcare as well

  • http://newbizshop.com derek

    I want this obamacare to go into effect. Did the people who was polled actually read the whole healthcare bill or believe what they here on foxnews?

    Read the whole bill instead of believe family,friends and what you hear on t.v. You just might learn good things the goverment is putting into place.

  • Alex

    You know it’s going to turn out bad. For one thing, it’s made with the assumption that history is on the side of the people who support it. That you cannot fail. More importantly, it was not laid out as to how to fund this thing that wasn’t read before it was voted on.

    I can’t stress enough that it may or may not be called Obamacare. This is something for countries like North Korea, where people are made to believe their leader is a deity. I don’t worship this guy. Presidents like Clinton or Bush were much more qualified and received a comparatively reasonable criticism of their policies. He was a first term senator for crying out loud. He’s just a politician.

  • Celeste C

    It isn’t that I oppose or not oppose it…It is not written in terms were regular people can understand it. The Medicaid part of it…at first my family and I though we were sure to get it, after not having any insurance for the past 7 years simply because we couldn’t afford to pay for it, and made $11 too much each month to get Medicaid. Can someone break it down in simple numbers as to what we can make per year, and be eligible for Medicaid? We won’t abuse it…we rarely go to the doctors…

  • janet giddens

    I don’t believe that Obama should have been elected in the first place…this country is almost as bad off now as it was during the Depression mostly due to his “policies”. I really do not think the man has a clue what he is doing. If he really wanted to help the people with healthcare, he would have initiated across the board billing for ALL medical entities so that patients won’t be ripped off by master charge books, double-billing and outrageous medication pricing. Big Pharmacy runs this country..not the president!!!