Obamacare Starts Next Year, Opposed by Over Half of Americans
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Michelle Bachmann, who has filed multiple bills to repeal the act, and once hyperbolically stated that it should be repealed “before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.”