Poll: Majority of Americans prefer old healthcare law over Obamacare

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, December 11, 2013

Americans would rather see a return to how healthcare in the United States operated before the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, according to the December 2013 Reason-Rupe poll.

The poll, which was released Wednesday, found that 55 percent of Americans prefer the old health care system in place before 2010 than the current law of the land. Just 34 percent of adults instead prefer Obamacare.

“It’s not going well for President Obama and his administration,” Reason-Rupe Polling Director Emily Ekins told Reason TV. “This is their signature law and right now a majority of Americans oppose the law.”

“This demonstrates that people do not see this as progress or a step forward as it was intended to be,” she added.

The past few months have been difficult for supporters of the Affordable Care Act, between the problems with the federal healthcare exchange’s website and the fact that millions of people unexpectedly lost their healthcare insurance either because their company dropped their coverage or the plan was considered “substandard.”

As a result, many Americans who were in favor of the law when it was first passed have now turned against it. The study also found that 18 percent of Americans liked the law when it was passed but dislike it now – compared to just 7 percent of Americans who have a more favorable opinion of the law today than they did two years ago.

“As you can imagine, most of the words were primarily negative, but one word that kept coming up over and over again was the word ‘disaster’,” Ekins said in reference to how people view Obamacare. “The other words that we kept seeing included the words ‘messy’ and ‘unorganized’.”

“One word that was positive that kept coming up was the word ‘good’ – but generally it was caveated with ‘Good, but needs improvement,’ or ‘Good, but needs some work’,” she continued.

The federal government’s inability to properly implement the Affordable Care Act has also affected Americans’ opinions of Washington and its ability to run the government. Just 38 percent of Americans approve of how the president is handling healthcare policy according to the poll, while another 47 percent of Americans have seen their confidence in the government’s ability to solve problems decrease as a result of Obamacare.

Reason-Rupe interviewed 1,011 adults nationwide via telephone from December 4-8, 2013. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3.7 percent at a 95 percent confidence level. 

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