Poll: Seniors Disapprove of Obamacare

AP

A majority of seniors disapprove of Obamacare and fear it will negatively impact Medicare, according to a new poll released Monday.

Fifty-seven percent of seniors polled said they disapproved of Obamacare, according the YG Network poll. This includes the 44 percent of respondents who said they "strongly disapproved" the health care reform law.

Eighty-five percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their Medicare plan and 55 percent were worried Obamacare would negatively impact the program.

A majority of seniors disapprove of Obamacare —57% of seniors disapprove of the president’s signature law, with 44% strongly disapproving. Just 36% approve and only 20% strongly approve of the law. The notable two-to-one disparity in intensity is a strong indicator that Obamacare disapproval among seniors has motivational potential. […]

And, a majority of seniors believe Obamacare will ultimately hurt Medicare – 55% believe the healthcare law will negatively impact Medicare, with 34% believing it will make Medicare "much worse." Just 28% believe Obamacare will have a positive impact on Medicare (just 11% believe it will make Medicare "much better"). A plurality of seniors expect Obamacare to decrease access to providers practicing in their Medicare and Medicare Advantage networks.

The Obama administration announced Monday that it will drop proposed changes to Medicare Part D.

The poll's respondents were made up of 4,455 likely voters 65 years and older in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, and North Carolina.