Personal Liberty Poll
President Barack Obama has made it clear that his Administration is not willing to allow the U.S. healthcare system to return to its pre-Obamacare condition, but that’s exactly what a growing number of Americans would like to see happen.
“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.”
The results of the most recent Reason-Rupe poll indicate that 55 percent of Americans want the pre-Obamacare healthcare system back. Only 34 percent told pollsters that they prefer the healthcare system envisioned by the President.
“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 of public opinion on 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 said.
A majority of people polled by Reason indicated that they don’t feel confident that government leaders are competent enough to handle the healthcare overhaul. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they disapproved of Obama’s overall handling of healthcare, while 38 percent approve. Furthermore, a whopping 73 percent of Americans told Reason that members of Congress do not understand healthcare or how healthcare laws impact Americans.
One major complaint that respondents to Reason’s Affordable Care Act poll was that the healthcare plans simply aren’t affordable. To that end, 57 percent of people polled said that Obamacare should have included lower-cost plans with fewer benefits than the law currently allows.
Respondents also largely disapproved of Obamacare’s abuse of younger Americans. Seventy percent of respondents said that it is unfair for young people to offset older Americans’ healthcare costs.
See the full poll results here.