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Poll: Most Americans Are Confused About How Healthcare Reform Will Affect Them

April 26, 2010 by  

Poll: Most Americans are confused about how healthcare reform will affect themWhile the nation seems to be divided in its support for the recently passed healthcare reform bill, the majority of Americans say they do not understand the specifics of the law and don’t have enough information to recognize how they will personally be affected by the new programs, insurance regulations and tax credits, a new survey has found.

According to the recently released Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, a total of 31 percent of Americans expect the bill to improve their current situation, while 33 percent believe they will be worse off under the new law. Meanwhile, nearly 56 percent of those surveyed said they are confused about its specifics, including a high percentage of those who support it.

"People are struggling to understand how the law will affect them and their families and to separate fact from political spin," said Kaiser president and CEO Drew Altman.

While most registered Republicans and Democrats who were surveyed favored their party’s view of the legislation, the majority of independents disapproved of the law. Overall, the most stringently opposed aspect of the bill is the federal mandate that Americans are required to purchase health insurance.
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  • Raggs

    No confusion… Higher taxes and further government intervention.

  • s c

    Two emotions describe this abomination. Americans should be somewhat confused, and they justified in their rage. We are supposed to believe that a psychotic piece of legislation must be good for us, REGARDLESS of the FACT that damned few, if any, of those elected bastards and bastardettes in Washington READ the damned thing, let alone UNDERSTAND IT.
    For someone like Queen Pelosi to say ‘they needed to pass the legislation so they could find out what’s in it’ is not only utterly irresponsible, it is INSANE. Queen Pelosi must think she will be untouched by this damnable healthcare abomination. If she isn’t completely detached from reality, she might as well be. This is nothing less than a sell-out of the American people by tyrants.
    For King Obummer to claim that America will benefit from this transfer-of-wealthcare scam is akin to a thief who claims that stealing a homeowner’s money and valuables will make the homeowner’s life ‘simpler,’ because other thieves won’t be motivated to try and steal things that the homeowner no longer has. This is what happens when you can’t tell the difference between a lawyer and a career criminal. In this case, the lawyer never had a conscience, and doesn’t want one.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      sc,
      If they are confused, I can clear up the confusion in two words…You’re screwed!!!

    • Fed Up Gal in NM

      sc,

      Excellent response! It seems we have [for the most part] given our elected officials free rein to create policies and likely pass unconstitutional bills affecting our lives in ways even they cannot adequately explain or project the full impact. We (including myself) have failed [at least to some degree] to ensure these officials understand they do not work for themselves or for their special interest groups; they work for us and we are currently sending out pink slips to those unable to grasp the task at hand.

    • Pat R

      Pelosi’s statement mentioned above: “we have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it”; leads me to believe that neither the House or the Senate had anything to do with writing this bill.
      Obama and his back-room czars probably concocted the whole element that was passed. Therefore; it is totally illegal since only Congress can write bills.
      I hope and pray that the Supreme Court will see this and throw the whole pile of s**t out!!

  • Raggs

    (comment removed for offensive content)

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Raggs,
      And her nose up his!!!

      • eyeswideopen

        Joe, what happened to that good Christian you protray to be?? You are just as bad as Raggs, hopping on board with his vile rantings.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          P-O-R-T-R-A-Y!!! Since you were so quick to jump on someone else for their spelling the other day!!!

    • eyeswideopen

      Raggs, are you that ignorant that you can’t voice a political opinion without graphic sexual language?? You are gross!!!

  • Jim H.

    SC already made one of the points I was going to say about having to pass the bill to see what’s in it. 1200+ pages written in legaleze. What’s the real cost? No one can really say. It’s going to cost in the trillions of dollars but we were told we needed to get the bill past even before anyone had time to read it. WHY? If we are buying something this expensive don’t you think WE should know WHAT we are getting? We are supposed to have a representative government, but when the majority of the people said NO, they said WE know better than YOU. HOW is it going to be paid for? No straight answer to that question. Before this all started people agreed that some reform was needed, I don’t think they expected this boondogle. Healthcare needed a tune-up not a trade-in. The reason people are confused is the the bill was purposely written to be confusing. SO WHY THE CONFUSION?

  • Harold Olsen

    I’m not surprised that Americans are confused about the new health care bill that our idiot lawmakers has forced down our throats. Every time I hear one of these idiot talk about it, they say something different each time, not only contradicting their colleagues but themselves as well. I don’t think any of those morons are even aware of what they voted for, nor do they care.

    • s c

      Obviously, we need ways to insure that a) people who go to Washington can READ the English language b) they have to be able to UNDERSTAND all bills they pass c) they don’t have mental problems (a common affliction with most career politicians) d) they must be bound by a contract, as they won’t feel obligated to abide by the Constitution e) they need to know they will be hounded daily if they think they’re entitled to insurance that we can’t have f) they must be reminded that they can be easily replaced g) if nothing else works, remind them that the Revolutionary War started with much less CRAP than we’re enduring NOW [taxation without representation was only ONE of the issues].

  • Claire

    Confused???? Try scared and worried.

  • s c

    Anyone (MOST people, that is) are rightly concerned with what’s going on in Insanityland [Washington]. The idea that you’re as happy as a bloated Arkansas razorback in a huge pig sty tells me that you think your god can walk on water, heal the sick and turn water into wine. He can’t. Why don’t you know that?
    He is a consummate con artist. He not only surrounds himself with social rejects, he demands that we learn to love it. This will NEVER happen.
    It’s fairly obvious that you suffer from a condition that prevents you from seeing the difference between crap and prime rib. If that’s reality in your world, then you’d better be prepared to find other health options, because you’ll need handfuls of pills when King George II’s wealthcare scam goes into effect.
    Were there no responsible adults around when you were a kid? When were you converted from an American citizen into a pc robot?
    What would you do if your ‘boss’ had no qualms about spending other people’s money? Sooner or later, part of that money would be yours, and (hopefully) you’d get damned tired of it. What would you do if your ‘boss’ told you that he’s above the law, and that you are obligated to be happy being seen as inferior?
    What you say if your ‘boss’ hated free speech, and he told you what you can say and do? Do you CARE?
    I almost feel sorry for you, but my country is at stake. Anyone who willingly sides with an in-house enemy has more problems than I’ll ever have. Most likely, my words will fall on deaf ears. I tried, and I’ll keep on trying.
    It’s enought for me to know that on this website, you are literally surrounded by people who revere common sense and freedom. How it is that you no longer appreciate common sense or freedom is utterly beyond me.
    Do you call yourself an American?

    • Claire

      sc—Are you speaking to me?

  • http://www.borncompany.com/ Paul

    Obviously, we need ways to insure that a) people who go to Washington can READ the English language b) they have to be able to UNDERSTAND all bills they pass c) they don’t have mental problems (a common affliction with most career politicians) d) they must be bound by a contract, as they won’t feel obligated to abide by the Constitution e) they need to know they will be hounded daily if they think they’re entitled to insurance that we can’t have f) they must be reminded that they can be easily replaced g) if nothing else works, remind them that the Revolutionary War started with much less CRAP than we’re enduring NOW [taxation without representation was only ONE of the issues].

  • http://www.guiltymethod.com/ Dave

    I’m not surprised that Americans are confused about the new health care bill that our idiot lawmakers has forced down our throats. Every time I hear one of these idiot talk about it, they say something different each time, not only contradicting their colleagues but themselves as well. I don’t think any of those morons are even aware of what they voted for, nor do they care.

  • 150fowl

    I think the proper answer to the

  • TIME

    I got it straight out of the box, its all about “Government CONTROL of your life,” and your lacking Control of your life anylonger.

    Its all about taking the Middle class / working Americans money and paying for yet one more program to benifit those that don’t work and don’t want to work.

    Its all about turning the US upside down. That Fundamental CHANGE we all were told about by BarryO. Taking a Free market, and turning it into a Marxist Market, run by the State for the State.

    Its about that simple.

    With the special Cap & Trade bill your freedoms to move about freely or use heat in the winter, air in the summer, and or drive your car from Ney York to LA, will come to a grinding halt if passed.

    But who cares about any of that when you have such special people that need their “Fundamental CHANGE.” And lets not forget the everything will be so “TRANSPARENT” issue’s.

    Watch your carbon FOOT PRINTS, they may get to big, and if so you will be TAXED more.
    I seem to recall a George Harrison song, called TAXMAN that about fits the bill for BarryO and his merry band of theifs in Congress.

    If you get to hot I tax the heat,
    if you take a walk I tax your feet,
    cause I am the Tax Man – Yea – yea I am the Tax Man
    And I am working for no one but ME.

    Thats the new Congress and BarryO’s them song.

    See its all so very easy.

  • 150fowl

    I think the answer to it all is career politician. I believe all of those crooks want complete control and 1 world gov. My bumper stickers on my pickup which I made up read “VOTE FOR AN INCUMBENT SHOW YOUR STUPITY” also “STEAL FROM PETER GIVE TO PAUL WILL ELIMINATE US ALL”. It is a slow but sure power grab by all of them. Both parties. I could go on for days but that says it all. Wake up coolaid drinkers.

  • http://www.dirtywhistle.com/ George

    Confused???? Try scared and worried.

  • http://google mike b.

    Hussein Obama and his minions in the democrat-ruled congress wanted to do just that; ‘confuse’ the american people. Hussein Obama has been confusing the american people ever since he decided to run for pres.. People are confused about many things this thug administration has done and as they say ‘confusion favors the crook. Confusion and deceit is whay fuels Hussein Obama and his alinski upbringing and background. Confusion and sneaky back-door dealings, the chicago thug political way of life, is how Hussein Obama is passing and indoctrinating his marxist, communist, into the american way of life. He is the worst and most radical, anti-american pres. in U.S. history!!! He will continue to confuse and decieve until the american people vote him out of office and this juvenile, criminal congress, led by Ried and Pelosi with him. In nov. and in 2012 we must clear this confusion up by voting this anti-constitution democrat party and this dictator Hussein Obama and his thug administration out of office. The common-sense, level-headed, morale majority of americans must do this for the sake of our kids and grandkids!!!!

  • http://google mike b.

    Confusion is how they passed this and other marxist bills. Hussein Obama is using confusion to radicialize america and put his communist, anti-american agenda into law. He has done so many things wrong and made so many mistakes that i do see how anybody can be anything but confused. The congress who passed this bill is still confused as they have still not read the whole thing yet. 2,200 pages of liberal crap would confuse the brightest of minds. Hussein Obama and this administration loves confusing the american people and then letting the state-run, main-stream media spin it to blame the republicans who have no power or control to stop any of this marxist govt. take-over.

  • http://google mike b.

    The dems own all 3 major branches of the federal government and will keep telling us how to live our lives and tell and order us what to do until we vote them out. The dems have practically ran this country since Pelosi and Ried took control in 2006 and Hussein Obama in 2008. They have trampled on the u.s. constitution from the first day they took over in 2006 and four years later we are headed toward total marxist, communist control. Nothing can stop Hussein Obama and this thug congress but the american people. They have took-over the auto industry, banking, wall-street, student loans and the u.s. healthcare system(1/6 of our economy) and individual businesses and rights are next. They passed Hussein Obama Care despite the will and protest of the people as all major polls showed over 50% of the people against this monstrosity and non-transparent bill shoved down the troats. Nothing will stop Hussein Obama from his radical, anti-american agenda. He will do as his pleases and the american people will juist have to accept it until they have the wisdom and guts to vote this criminal, juvenile congress out in nov. and Hussein Obama and his marxist administration out in 2012. The american people people wanted “change” and now thier gonna have to give up everything they ever worked for and ever earned and just bend over and accept this liberal, radical, chicago-political thugery beating like men.

  • http://confused Peter P.Barone

    I’m retired Navy & have medicare & Tricare for life.How would health care bill affect me & my wife?

    • Barb

      First of all, thank you for your service to your country! This so called Health care bill is going to affect you and your wife along with all the other retired vets out there tremendously, you will lose your health benefits just like the rest of us! Osama Obama couldn’t care less about the service you did and the Military will lose just as the rest of us will! Sorry, but that is the reality of all this.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Peter,
        God Bless you for your service!!!

    • Fed Up Gal in NM

      Peter,

      Thank you, for your unselfish service to this country.

      Fed Up Gal
      E7-Retired / USAF / ANG

      • Fed Up Gal in NM

        Peter,

        I’m not sure this will post correctly (copie/pasted info), but here goes: Here’s what I found in Section 59B of the Affordable Health Care Act, which states [in part]:

        ‘‘SEC. 59B. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE
        HEALTH CARE COVERAGE”
        ‘‘(a) TAX IMPOSED.—In the case of any individual
        who does not meet the requirements of subsection (d) at
        any time during the taxable year, there is hereby imposed
        a tax equal to 2.5 percent of the excess of—
        (1) the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross in
        come for the taxable year, over
        (2) the amount of gross income specified in
        section 6012(a)(1) with respect to the taxpayer.”

        In the same section, further down…it states:
        ‘‘(d) ACCEPTABLE COVERAGE REQUIREMENT.—
        (1) IN GENERAL.—The requirements of this
        subsection are met with respect to any individual for
        any period if such individual (and each qualifying
        child of such individual) is covered by acceptable
        coverage at all times during such period.
        (2) ACCEPTABLE COVERAGE.—For purposes
        of this section, the term ‘acceptable coverage’ means
        any of the following:
        (B) GRANDFATHERED HEALTH INSUR
        ANCE COVERAGE; COVERAGE UNDER GRAND
        FATHERED EMPLOYMENT-BASED HEALTH
        PLAN.—Coverage under a grandfathered health
        insurance coverage (as defined in subsection (a)
        of section 202 of the ) or under a current em
        ployment-based health plan (within the meaning
        of subsection (b) of such section).
        (E) MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES
        AND DEPENDENTS (INCLUDING TRICARE).—
        Coverage under chapter 55 of title 10, United
        States Code, including similar coverage fur
        nished under section 1781 of title 38 of such
        Code.”

        I did skip over some portions (for brevity), so I could have missed some important info. I imagine there’s more in the “Act” that may affect “grandfathered” plans, so you might want to do further review of the actual act. I just googled: HR 3962 Affordable Health Care for America Act. Hope this information helps.

    • Fed Up Gal in NM

      Peter,

      The Affordable Health Care for America Act (111th Congress) seems to state [in part]:

      “(2) ACCEPTABLE COVERAGE.—For purposes of
      this division, the term ‘‘acceptable coverage’’ means
      any of the following:

      ” B) GRANDFATHERED HEALTH INSURANCE
      COVERAGE; COVERAGE UNDER CURRENT GROUP
      HEALTH PLAN.—Coverage under a grand
      fathered health insurance coverage (as defined
      in subsection (a) of section 202) or under a
      current group health plan (described in sub
      section (b) of such section).”

      “(E) MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES
      AND DEPENDENTS (INCLUDING TRICARE).—
      Coverage under chapter 55 of title 10, United
      States Code, including similar coverage fur
      nished under section 1781 of title 38 of such
      Code.”

      Please note, I did leave out other portions trying to include info specific to your question of TriCare. There may very well be some other information in the “Act” that confirms or contradicts this info….as is with most government legal language…so you may want to just type “TriCare” in the search field of the 1,990 page googled document (HR 3962 Affordable Health Care for America Act). Hope this info at least somewhat answers your question.

      Fed Up Gal in NM

      • Fed Up Gal in NM

        Pete,

        I’d like to add, there’s also language about a 2.5% tax…aka…fine (IMO) for those not maintaining insurance coverage. I have not done much research on this and I could be wrong, but I don’t believe TriCare members who may fail to renew (timely or otherwise) their TriCare plans would be exempt from such fine….I mean tax….:-(

        • Fed Up Gal in NM

          Sorry about the duplicate/triplicate posts regarding TriCare and the Health Care Act, but when I submitted the first post, it appeared to not post (even waited a few minutes), then I reposted a shorter version and added the “tax” post that I inadvertently left out of the 2nd post. Clear as mud?

          Anyway, sorry for any confusion.

      • Independent

        There is still the question ofwhat the $500,000,000 off the top of Medicare will do to retired military coverage, since you have to have Medicare Part “B”, which you pay for, in order to get TriCare for Life.

  • Michelle

    Of course people are confused – the agencies that will determine what acceptable health care will be, what services you can and cannot get, the price you pay, etc. have not been formed yet. So NO ONE really knows how it will affect them. What we do know is everyone will be required to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty, that Medicare is being cut, Medicaid is being expanded, Medicare Advantage is being eliminated and medical fees for Medicare/Medicaid services is being cut. So how does this affect you – well the insurance you now have won’t exist in 5 years – the government will tell you what type of insurance is acceptable. If you are on Medicare/Medicaid – sorry, but good luck finding a doctor that will accept those plans. Doctors have already stopped taking new Medicare/Medicaid patients and some are even dropping those that they have because they will no longer accept that type of insurance. Look at the additional problems and lack of care the people of Massachusetts now have because of Universal Health Care. While everyone will be purchasing insurance – you will also face the lack of health care. This was about government control and not care of our health.

  • Barb

    Confusion is not the word! How can we be confused when we haven’t had the opportunity to even see what’s in this abomination? Upset, angry, scared,
    fed-up, and ready to fight may be a better way of putting it! This is not a health care bill it’s a bill to take total control over us in every aspect of our lives. No confusion here!

  • Jeep

    Confused? Why should we be? Didn’t Nancy say something about needing to pass the bill, then we would know what was in it? Well, it passed, it should be crystal clear!

  • JPW-

    Most people were confused upset angry and afraid when medicare and social security were passed. Its the fear of the unknown and I’m sure after a few years it will be as just as popular.

    • Jeep

      Gosh, you are so right JPW. What were we thinking? The Ponzi Scheme known as Social Security, what a great idea. Except we jail citizens for doing the same thing. And, Medicare! What a wonderful and broke program! Beautiful!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      JPW,
      I don’t know about when it passed, but I’ve been paying into it all my life and when I get ready to collect it, it will be flat broke from the government stealing from it any time there was more than needed for the given year!!! So yeah, I guess you could say i’m a little pissed right now!!!

  • http://MSN B. Rowland

    Well, if you watched the Glen Beck show tonight, you would have gotten the truth regarding the Goldman Sachs problem and guess who is part of the huge problem, Pres. Obama !!! He is such a “shady” character, it is sickening to think he is in the Oval Office!!! I hope and pray he is out at the end of his first term – God help the American people if he gets in for a second term !!!!!!!! Remember to vote in November – vote his followers OUT !!!!!!

  • http://www.bistrohawaii.com/ Simon

    Peter,

    The Affordable Health Care for America Act (111th Congress) seems to state [in part]:

    “(2) ACCEPTABLE COVERAGE.—For purposes of
    this division, the term ‘‘acceptable coverage’’ means
    any of the following:

    ” B) GRANDFATHERED HEALTH INSURANCE
    COVERAGE; COVERAGE UNDER CURRENT GROUP
    HEALTH PLAN.—Coverage under a grand
    fathered health insurance coverage (as defined
    in subsection (a) of section 202) or under a
    current group health plan (described in sub
    section (b) of such section).”

    “(E) MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES
    AND DEPENDENTS (INCLUDING TRICARE).—
    Coverage under chapter 55 of title 10, United
    States Code, including similar coverage fur
    nished under section 1781 of title 38 of such
    Code.”

    Please note, I did leave out other portions trying to include info specific to your question of TriCare. There may very well be some other information in the “Act” that confirms or contradicts this info….as is with most government legal language…so you may want to just type “TriCare” in the search field of the 1,990 page googled document (HR 3962 Affordable Health Care for America Act). Hope this info at least somewhat answers your question.

    Fed Up Gal in NM

  • http://www.criminalmadness.com/ Jonathan

    Well, if you watched the Glen Beck show tonight, you would have gotten the truth regarding the Goldman Sachs problem and guess who is part of the huge problem, Pres. Obama !!! He is such a “shady” character, it is sickening to think he is in the Oval Office!!! I hope and pray he is out at the end of his first term – God help the American people if he gets in for a second term !!!!!!!! Remember to vote in November – vote his followers OUT !!!!!!

  • http://www.satelliteboom.com/ Richard

    JPW,
    I don’t know about when it passed, but I’ve been paying into it all my life and when I get ready to collect it, it will be flat broke from the government stealing from it any time there was more than needed for the given year!!! So yeah, I guess you could say i’m a little pissed right now!!!

  • H. Hoeke

    We MUST get rid of the bastards in DC posthaste! Or America is finished!

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