Just 1 in 10 Americans believe Obamacare has improved their health insurance situation, new study finds

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, October 28, 2013

More bad news for Obama and Co.: A mere 9 percent of Americans believe that their health care situation has improved over the past year as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study by Bankrate.com.

Bankrate.com also found that 38 percent of uninsured Americans feel more negative about the law now than they did a year ago, and that 47 percent of uninsured Americans still aren’t sure where to go for information on the Affordable Care Act. According to USA Today, one in six Americans do not currently have health insurance.

The company attributes the numbers to a lack of government outreach efforts to promote the law.

“It is discouraging that there is so much pessimism (around Obamacare),” Doug Whiteman, a Bankrate.com insurance analyst, told USA Today. “The law is over three years old and so many people aren’t getting the information.”

The results aren’t that surprising, considering that many Americans feel they have been duped by President Barack Obama, who proclaimed in 2009 that if they liked their current health care plan they could keep it. Unfortunately, the costs associated with Obamacare have resulted in many employers either completely dropping health care coverage for employees or changing employees’ status from full-time to part-time to avoid paying the hefty premiums.

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has already had a rocky start, with the Healthcare.gov website used to enroll Americans into the program crashing and many Obamacare navigators at statewide health care exchanges not being properly trained.

A similar study conducted by Rasmussen Reports last month found that just 30 percent of Americans believe Obamacare will improve the quality of health care for Americans in the United States.

Bankrate.com conducted a nationwide telephone study of 1,000 Americans from October 17-20, 2013. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3 percent.


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