Opposition to Obamacare Reform Spikes to a Record high at 55%


A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health shows that 55% of Americans have an unfavorable views of Obamacare. The opposition to Obama’s government take over of health care is up 9% since last month. As much as the Politico wants to say that Americans do not want to spend time dismantling the health care pig, that is the only way that it will make the 55% of those against Obamacare happy.  Of course, if Obama really wants to prove that he has made a change and shift right to the middle, rather than just window dressing … he would not stand in the way of a repeal of Obamacare and tell Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reaid to allow a vote to take place in the Senate.

Public opposition to the health care reform law spiked to a record high in a new poll out today — but Americans don’t necessarily want Republicans to spend time trying to dismantle it.

Fifty percent of Americans have unfavorable views of the law, according to a joint survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. Opposition to the law jumped 9 percentage points from last month and is the highest since April, when Kaiser began asking the question every month.

The new opposition to President Obama’s biggest domestic policy initiative has been driven largely by independents. Fifty-seven percent of independents had an unfavorable view of the law this month, up sharply from 41 percent in December.

What do these polls tell us … Obamacare will be an issue in the 2012 Presidential election and have a say in the US Senate elections as well.

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    8 Responses to “Opposition to Obamacare Reform Spikes to a Record high at 55%”

    1. Steve on January 26th, 2011 8:00 am

      A correction is needed: “Fifty percent of Americans have unfavorable views of the law”.


      At the same time, only 33 percent of respondents like the idea of defunding the legislation, and 62 percent disapprove.

      The poll shows stronger support — 43 percent — for straight repeal, which is virtually impossible while Democrats control the Senate and the White House. Forty-seven percent of the public wants to expand the law or keep it in place (28 percent and 19 percent, respectively).


      So the poll has mixed messages, and that is the story here. Now we will see how much Congress listens to the American people.
      SM: There is no correction needed. The GOP was swept into office in 2010 on 3 issues, the economy, govt spending and Obamacare.

      Sorry, but those are the facts and the way a poll is worded does not change that fact. A majority of Americans cannot stand Obamacare and any one that has a clue about healthcare, costs and what is in the bill knows that. Sorry, but I am in the industry and know that there has to be a change in the system; however, Obamacare is 180 degrees the wrong direction.

    2. Steve on January 26th, 2011 11:04 am

      sm – your title claims 55% and the poll states 50%; to not change this would be to remain inaccurate.

    3. brie. on January 26th, 2011 12:48 pm

      The Obamacare law sucks. Democrats voted for it because they were afraid of losing their jobs. Just like the senator Nelson from Nebraska was threated by Obama and Peloski with a flight on Air Force One to Nebraska. Obama has way, way, way to much destructive power. Rumor has it a senate aide stated that Obama threatened to pull Offutt Air Force Base on the Brac list if Nelson didn’t change his mind. Offutt is home of The 55th Wing, The Fighting Fifth-Fifth and a variety of tenant units. Every branch of the military is represented with approximately 10,000 military and federal employees. This is the major defense of the northern half of the USA. So we must conclude that Obama is willing to jeopardize our defense to get what he wants. Nelson said he still didn’t like it but Obama makes him vote for it.

      The State of the Union speech: He urged more spending on one hand and then a spending freeze on the other. The speech was somewhat inspiring, but he also lies and after that it was all downhill.

      Obama thinks he is the Messiah, the dictator, the Chosen One….he’s nothing more than a huge pile of s~~t.

    4. Steve on January 26th, 2011 1:09 pm


      Rumor has it – - – who only knows from who and how reliable this “rumor” is; or that it actually exists outside ones imagination.

      If such speculation can be used to support outrage, then The Onion needs to be scrutinized more closely.

    5. Steve on January 26th, 2011 1:30 pm

      sm(1) – “Sorry, but those are the facts“,

      I’m really not sure which facts you refer to. I prefer to look at more facts than the orig post included, and that is why I pasted more of the poll article results for a broader set of facts.

      As I said, and taken as a whole, the poll seems to have a mixed message of what the American people want (IMO). I don’t see how wording has anything to do with reaching this conclusion. I also want to see how Congress acts given what Americans think, as far as this poll is concerned. Will they take these results into account when they claim to give the people what they want?

      I do find it quite interesting that while 43% are for straight repeal, 47% are for keeping or expanding the law. This seems to be a clear message of how these Americans feel about ObamaCare.
      SM An election trumps a poll when there is differing data. Also, the top Medicare accuary had nothing good to say about Obamare today. I will be more than happy to make Obamacare an issue in 2012. More than happy indeed.

    6. Steve on January 26th, 2011 4:24 pm


      That is an interesting opinion about elections and polls; I would have thought these unlikely to be directly comparable, due to certain factors:

      * they are separated by several months; movement of opinions can easily happen in this time frame

      * additional information may be available that informs the public

      * there was no specific question or language on the ballot to gauge the voter’s reasons, either pro or con, regarding HCR; their vote could be interpreted in any number of ways, some more accurate than others (exit polling likely useful)

      I suppose time will tell how this plays out; who knows what things will be like come 2012.
      SM: I am going to be nice about this, are you really that obtuse? Here is the rule of thumb that honest thinking people use, a poll is fine as long as the demo is not skewed and the question is not leading or ambiguous. However, a recent election trumps a poll when it is obvious the reason why a party or issue won hands down. That is not to say that a poll cannot have cred after the fact depending on the trend.

      Several months?

      The new Congress that was elected in a political landslide has yet to be in office a month. Obama has not spent any time dealing with them.

      You might want to check out what the CMS actuary said today, talk about a punch in the gutt of Obamacare.

      Chief Medicare Actuary Richard Foster Told the House Budget Committee Obamacare Would not Reduce Costs or Let People Keep Their Current Healthcare … Broken Obama Promises


    7. Steve on January 26th, 2011 8:30 pm


      I guess if you think the poll is possibly skewed and had leading or ambiguous questions, that is your business. Given that perspective, I could see your (apparent) belief that my points were (potentially) invalid. However, if what you’ve mentioned is true, I wonder how it could also be useful as the entire basis for your article?

      I acknowledge your opinion (as I understand it): that the election some 11 weeks ago has greater meaning than a poll published this week. My opinion is that the two were quite different, and that the election is not as obvious as you claim. I also find the poll credible and a sound basis for analysis. I stand by my claim that, when looking at the various statistics offered by the poll, that the results are indeed mixed.

      Lastly, is it an undeniable fact, as I stated, that the poll and the election were several months apart.
      SM: I actually give up trying to reason with you. You are not following or understanding anything that I am really saying and frankly I have moer important things to do that discuss something with some one who obviously cant follow the what is being said.

      If you cannot comprehend that a poll with mixed data is not trumped by an election where millions of people voted rather than a sampling of 1000 people, then you are lost.

    8. Steve on January 26th, 2011 10:28 pm

      Final word from me here – “you are lost” if you think my opinion has to agree with your opinion.
      SM: Nope, your opinion does not have to be the same, although you must have some comprehension as to what is being said. That is why I give and you are lost.

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