Voters unsure about ObamaCare, favor repeal
Despite passage of ObamaCare and the many promises by the President Barack Obama and Democrats, voters are still confused about the new health care law:
A Thomson Reuters poll of consumer confidence released on Monday shows Americans’ confidence in their ability to pay for and access healthcare has fallen by 5 percent since December 2009.
The Thomson Reuters Consumer Healthcare Sentiment Index, based on a monthly survey of 3,000 consumers, asks if they have had trouble paying for or had to postpone care in the three months prior. And it asks if they expect to in the coming three months.
On every survey question, responses were more pessimistic in July than they were in December.
“That’s a cause for concern to healthcare providers and policymakers,” Gary Pickens, chief research officer at Thomson Reuters, parent company of Reuters, said in a statement.
Pickens has seen a gradual eroding of confidence since December, despite a few notable peaks, such as in April, the month after Congress passed the Affordable Care Act.
“I doubt the average person really knows what has been implemented,” he said. “They just know there is a lot of talk and there has been a lot of negative publicity.”
As we get closer to November, one of the key issues that has been and will be on voters’ minds is ObamaCare. The latest poll from Rasmussen shows that 56% of voters want the law repealed, with another 54% believing that ObamaCare will have a negative impact on the economy.
If and when Republicans stop talking about the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” they should turn their focus to this and other economic issues, especially as Democrats begin to retreat from their rhetoric.