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Survey: ‘Obamacare’ is a Tax Hike, Most Want Repeal

Although most people polled want to repeal the law, the majority also believe they agree with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.


A national poll by Quinnipiac University finds that 55 percent of voters believe the Affordable Care Act is a tax hike, while 36 percent say otherwise. By a 49-43 margin, the poll shows the majority of voters interviewed want a repeal. 

Still, there’s a close 48-45 split with most people saying they agree with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the law.

"President Barack Obama has worked mightily to avoid the 'T' word, but most American voters say the ACA is in effect a tax hike," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a press release. "The big question is whether the Republicans can sell the idea to voters that the president's Affordable Care Act breaks his promise not to raise taxes on those who make less than $250,000. That's why what voters believe on this issue matters." 

The Supreme Court decision may have an effect this November for Obama and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney because 55 percent of American voters say a presidential candidate's position on health care is "extremely important" or "very important" to their vote.

The survey found 59 percent say the Supreme Court decision will not affect their vote, 27 percent say it will make them less likely to vote for Obama, while 12 percent say more likely. Independent voters say they are less likely to vote by 27 - 9 percent. 

From July 1-8, surveyed 2,722 registered voters with a margin of error of 1.9 percentage points. Interviewers called land lines and cell phones. 

The poll hit on a number of national issues, such as the contempt charges against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Of the two-thirds who said they knew something about the vote, 44 percent supported it, while 29 percent were opposed and 27 percent undecided. The bulk of those polled – 42 percent – said the vote was political rather than legitimate.

Interviewees were asked how they think the U.S. economy is faring, and the perception is that it’s as bad as Europe. The survey showed 86 percent of people think the U.S. economy is “not so good” or “poor.” Europe fared better, with only 81 percent saying the same. 

This story was based on a press release.

Joan July 17, 2012 at 08:03 PM
"The truth is you like what this article says and so you believe it. And, you don't like what other articles say and so you dismiss them. Is it a coincidence that you are inclined to believe only articles that best align with your position on this topic?"--Kristy Waizenegger "Here is more information that Joan probably won't read, because she worships at the altar of big government." -- MAC Excuse me, I don't think I took any personal swipes at you. Your arguments would have much more credibility if you didn't feel the need to personally attack people for stating their opinions here. Just to take one of your points--Kristy, no one is being "forced" to buy anything. If people above a certain income level who CAN afford health insurance choose not to buy it--and this may be a reasonable choice for them--then they will pay a penalty through the IRS. Why is this penalty any less enforceable than any other revenue that the IRS collects? Most Americans understand the benefits of the components of the Affordable Care Act--no denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions, coverage cannot be taken away when a person develops an illness, adult children can remain on their parents' policies for a certain number of years, etc. It's really too bad that Mitt Romney is running away from his plan, since it is a success in Massachusetts. I'd think he'd be proud of it.
Kristy Waizenegger July 17, 2012 at 08:29 PM
All of the "benefits" you listed are new regulations and mandates on insurance companies requiring them to provide additional coverages. All of these new requirements will make healthcare insurance more expensive - premiums have already gone up. Here's the thing - it's called the "Affordable Healthcare Act". Please inform me. How does the Affordable Healthcare Act make healthcare more affordable? I'm not seeing it.
Joan July 17, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I didn't name it, Kristy, so I can't answer your question. What I do know is that right now, we're all footing the bill for people who show up at emergency rooms for their healthcare because they don't have health insurance. The uninsured also don't seek preventative care, which further drives up the costs when they do get sick. The items I listed above address some of the more egregious elements of our current system. Societies are built around the concept of the common good. Clearly, having access to healthcare for all of our citizens is a benefit to all of us.
Kristy Waizenegger July 17, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I think you and I just reached some common ground Joan - we both agree that people should have access to healthcare. We just disagree on how to get there. It seems that our current system makes the cost of healthcare unbearable unless one has insurance - this in itself is a problem. Healthcare costs charged to uninsured patients are higher than the insured - in other words, the people least able to pay for healthcare services are charged the highest fees - the affordable care act does not address this. Further, the uninsured who can't afford health insurance now still won't be able to afford health insurance under the affordable care act. Insurance premiums have already gone up and will continue to go up. There are a huge number of people out there who make enough money that they don't qualify for medicaid but still can't afford to purchase health insurance. I think is the point that most either don't get or don't want to get. I'm amazed at how the most staunch supporters of this act cannot articulate one example of how it will make healthcare more affordable. And if that gets interpreted as a personal swipe well so be it.
Frederick Klein July 17, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Well stated, Joan. Don't give in to people whose best attempt to win you over to their view is to (i) insult you, (ii) accuse you of being a socialist or a worshipper of Big Government or Obama, (iii) use lots of capital letters and exclamation points.

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