Sunday, December 15, 2013

AP-GFK Poll: 76 Percent Say #ObamaCare Making U.S. Healthcare Worse

I don't see BooMan Tribune posting on this, although the idiot could be taking the day off. (He keeps blabbering about how much everybody's gonna love the ObamaCare clusterf-k once enrollment numbers pick up, blah blah.)

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An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that health care remains politically charged going into next year's congressional elections. Keeping the refurbished website running smoothly is just one of Obama's challenges, maybe not the biggest.

The poll found a striking level of unease about the law among people who have health insurance and aren't looking for any more government help. Those are the 85 percent of Americans who the White House says don't have to be worried about the president's historic push to expand coverage for the uninsured.

In the survey, nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year — mostly for the worse. Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the law's passage.

Sixty-nine percent say their premiums will be going up, while 59 percent say annual deductibles or copayments are increasing.

Only 21 percent of those with private coverage said their plan is expanding to cover more types of medical care, though coverage of preventive care at no charge to the patient has been required by the law for the past couple of years.

Fourteen percent said coverage for spouses is being restricted or eliminated, and 11 percent said their plan is being discontinued.

"Rightly or wrongly, people with private insurance looking at next year are really worried about what is going to happen," said Robert Blendon, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, who tracks public opinion on health care issues. "The website is not the whole story."
It's actually 76 percent who blame ObamaCare at the survey questionnaire, "THE AP-GfK POLL: December, 2013."