With the administration’s efforts to carry out ObamaCare causing confusion for states and stress on business owners, a majority of Americans agree believe that implementation is a “joke.”
The poll, which was conducted by Fox News, finds that 57% of registered voters believe that implementation of the 2010 healthcare law is a joke while 31% say it’s “going fine.”
Voters overwhelming say that ObamaCare will have a negative effect on their wallet, with 71% believing it’ll raise their taxes and 62% agreeing with the premise that it’ll increase their health insurance premiums. Another 65% believe ObamaCare will raise the federal budget deficit.
Pluralities agree with the notion that ObamaCare will reduce the quality of healthcare for themselves and all Americans.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters says that the law needs to be changed and that Congress should continue working on legislative fixes for the law. That’s up from 58% last month. Only 31% say think that Congress should move onto other issues.
The Obama Administration delayed the employer mandate last month over concerns that businesses weren’t ready to comply with the provision. This provision of the law requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to offer health insurance benefits or face a punitive tax.
Because ObamaCare defines a full-time employee as someone who works 30 or more hours a week, many employers have been scaling back hours or hiring only part-time workers. The delay conveniently and illegally pushes the the effective date of the employer mandate to the beginning of 2015, after next year’s mid-term election.
States are also experiencing trouble implementing the insurance exchanges, through which individuals will be able to purchase coverage beginning October 1st. There are reports that the administration is behind in testing data security for the exchanges, which if not properly in place could lead to identity theft.
The Fox News poll was conducted from August 3-5, using a sample 1,007 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3 points.