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.

MAC July 16, 2012 at 09:56 PM
"Obamacare is all about government CONTROL"!!! We want REPEAL, and no way is OBAMATAX "affordable care"!! ..."Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced their updated analysis is to be released the week of July 23."... Re "initial estimates on compliance with the individual mandate. At first, CBO said just 4 million a year would pay the 'penalty.' ...[The] rewrite of the mandate as a 'tax' introduces a very different dynamic: ... while persons might be fearful of incurring a 'penalty' for unlawful behavior... they may respond differently to an optional 'tax.' They simply decide whether they want the government- approved insurance and its taxpayer subsidies or whether they would rather pay the 'tax.' "Urban Institute analysts estimate that about 33 percent of Americans are 'exempt' from the 'tax,' mostly because of their low income. ...^^ Employers can always drop workers’ coverage, and will have powerful new incentives to do so. The newly dumped workers will get taxpayer subsidies for insurance in the government exchange, thus hiking the law’s cost.^^ If they don’t like the 'mandatory' insurance, they could pay the minimal 'tax,' and save thousands of dollars per year in insurance costs. They could always rely upon the emergency room, or just buy coverage when they get sick and drop it again when they get well."... http://www.nationalreview.com/critical-condition/309404/updating-obamacare-s-damage-estimates-robert-moffit
Joan July 16, 2012 at 10:23 PM
The concept that Obama's health care plan amounts to "government control" of healthcare is a complete falsehood that has been disseminated by the GOP in their efforts to scare the public. Unfortunately for them, people are waking up to the truth about the Affordable Care Act. Here is a good explanation of the various misrepresentations that the GOP has perpetrated on the public and a comparison to the actual facts. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/opinion/keller-five-obamacare-myths.html
Kristy Waizenegger July 16, 2012 at 11:47 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?
Joan July 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Kristy, facts are facts. That's what I'm inclined to believe. I've listened to the scare tactics on the one side, and I've informed myself about what the law actually does. Some of the things the GOP has been saying (death panels, anyone?) are so egregious that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to recognize the distortions for what they are, if one makes the effort to become informed.
MAC July 17, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Here is more information that Joan probably won't read, because she worships at the altar of big government. http://thehill.com/polls/236627-hill-poll-majority-feel-obama-has-changed-country-for-worse Steven wrote on Newtown Patch: "Ha, what makes you think this removes transfer risk from the uninsured to the insured? Obamacare increases it...for a tax. This tax will hit one segment of people, those to make too little to buy health insurance and those you make too much to be eligible for Medicaid. These people in this group will just pay the tax, because it will be cheaper than buying health insurance. When they do get sick, that is when they buy insurance since they cannot be denied coverage. When they get their knee fixed, broken arm set, etc.. they will just jump off and pay the tax again. This will increase costs for everyone who buys insurance over the long term. All this does is transfer the costs from the hospitals (who in turn transferred the cost to the insurance companies buy increasing prices), to a transfer directly to the insurance companies. Since this tax will affect the "working poor" it would be politically unimaginable to make the tax high enough to really influence their decisions to buy insurance to avoid the tax. Since the tax will be low, it will not be enough to subsidize the uninsured. So they will just increase taxes on everyone else... "Silly Rabbit, tricks are for kids" - The adults in the room see right through this joke of a law."
Kristy Waizenegger July 17, 2012 at 02:20 AM
You are correct - facts are facts. Obama's solution to the extremely complex health care problem is to force those who can't afford health insurance to buy it and tax them if they can't or if they refuse to buy it. Insuring people does not solve the problem. I haven't heard a great solution from anyone but in order to solve a problem we have to first identify the cause and that most certainly has not occurred. Not government control? The government is forcing individuals to buy something - how is this not government control? And let's not forget that only some people are subject to the new requirements - how many did Obama exempt from the new law? Just how does the affordable care act make care more affordable? Healthcare providers will be charging the same exact amounts they charge now for services. If an MRI costs $1200 today, it will still cost $1200 when the "affordable care act" is up and running. While covering pre-existing conditions is certainly a good thing for many, healthcare insurance premiums have already gone up significantly to adjust for this additional coverage - so the affordable healthcare act has already made healthcare insurance more expensive. What exactly is more affordable?
MAC July 17, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Excellent question, Kristy! "The law is now set to collapse."...

"Why buy insurance when you're healthy if you can get it for the same price later when you get sick?"...

 "Younger and healthier Americans would have very strong incentives to remain uninsured until they started to incur major medical expenses. Why buy insurance when you're healthy if you can get it for the same price later when you get sick? But of course, if healthy people don't buy coverage, insurers won't have the funds to pay benefits for the sick. They would have to raise premiums, which would only drive more healthy people out of the system, and a vicious cycle would emerge."...

 "In the wake of the Roberts decision, participation in Obamacare's insurance scheme is optional. Rather than a requirement to buy coverage backed with a penalty for violators, the law now offers Americans two equally lawful and legitimate options: buy expensive insurance (which Obamacare will make all the more expensive), or pay a modest (and still largely unenforceable) tax and just buy insurance for the same price later if you need it. 

"Presented as a choice, not a command, this provision will invite a straightforward comparison, and for many Americans the choice it would pose would be a very easy one.

"Obamacare was always going to lead to a disastrous meltdown of America's health-insurance system."... 

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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