The YG Policy Center conducted a national poll of registered voters last week regarding health care reform.
The poll indicated that registered voters are confident that the Affordable Care Act will raise taxes, the federal deficit, and the cost of health care, while few think that Obamacare will increase the quality of the care they receive.
No group polled believed that plan would lower the average household’s health insurance premiums by $2,500 per year, as President Obama promised and as Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius has recently reiterated—overall, 21 percent of respondents still believe the claim; 67 percent believe it is false. Among Democrats polled, the split was 36 percent to 47 percent. Independents overwhelmingly believe that the promise of savings is false, with 68 percent doubting the claim.
Fully 69 percent of all those polled believe the federal government “does not have the authority to require every American to buy health care insurance or pay a fine.” Fifty-three percent of respondents “think Congress should … repeal and replace the health care reform law passed in 2010,” including 56 percent of Independents and 82 percent of Republicans polled.
Obamacare will play a role in voters’ decisions come November: Republicans said they were 66 percent “more likely” to “vote for a candidate for Congress who supported repealing and replacing the 2010 health care reform law.” Thirty-eight percent of Independents agreed.
The Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments over the constitutionality of Obamacare and its individual mandate early next week.