New Poll Spells More Bad News for Obamacare

Obamacare will no doubt be a major issue for the 2014 midterm elections, and based on the results of a new poll, it’s not looking great.

President Barack Obama with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, and his nominee to be her replacement, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A survey found that 43 percent of respondents believe the Affordable Care Act has had a negative effect on the United States, CNBC reported. Twenty-one percent said they believe Obamacare has not had much effect on the country either way. Less than a third, at 28 percent, said they believe it has been positive.

In a separate question, 52 percent said felt their own lives have been about the same since before Obamacare was fully enacted last year. Of those who said they felt the law had had an impact on their lives, respondents said 2-1 it was negative impact.

“Despite this law moving forward, there seems to be some deeply entrenched and rather strong opposition,” insurance analyst Doug Whiteman said. “It doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of good news for the Obama administration. They still have a lot of work to [do to] win people over.”

The poll also found 23 percent with employer-based insurance are more likely to retire early or quit their jobs because Obamacare dilutes the advantage of job-linked coverage. Only 8 percent said they were less likely to leave their employer because of the job. This reflects what the Congressional Budget Office’s prediction that 2.5 million would leave the workforce by 2024 because of Obamacare.

The poll found those earning more than $50,000 are more inclined to have a negative view, while those earning $30,000 have a positive view of the law.