Does This Latest Obamacare Poll Surprise You?

With just two days left before we click over to a new year and the actionable component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, goes into effect, questions involving how Obamacare will affect individual citizens couldn't be of higher interest.

Obamacare itself is a major overhaul of our health-care system, and any overhaul is bound to have its kinks and gray areas that need to be worked out. Throughout the first three months since the Obamacare state and federally run health exchanges opened for business, most of that time span has been filled with IT-based technical glitches that drastically slowed enrollments.

Although the latest Obamacare enrollment figures would suggest that we're well beyond 1 million cumulative enrollments, roughly two-thirds of those enrollments came over just the past three weeks as the coverage cutoff for Jan. 1 (which was Dec. 24) rapidly approached. U.S. citizens are creatures of habit, and few of us like to pay our bills early; thus, the affinity for consumers to wait until the last possible moment to sign up for health insurance.

Does this latest poll shock you?
What's of particular interest, and concern, is the latest research poll (link opens a PDF) conducted by CNN/ORC International between Dec. 16 and Dec. 19 (i.e., right before the coverage cutoff deadline) that demonstrated a significant deterioration in public opinion toward Obamacare.

According to CNN/ORC International's poll, the percentage of people who favor Obamacare is at a two-and-a-half year low of 35%, while opposition to the law is at an all-time high at 62%. Perhaps even more disconcerting, the number of people surveyed who responded in the affirmative that they'd be able to keep their doctor fell by four percentage points to 61% from the 2009 survey, while the number of respondents who believe Obamacare will increase their health-care costs rose a whopping 16% to 63% between September 2009 and December 2013, with those expecting a decrease falling to just 7%. 

Here's why these figures are worrisome
The findings of this poll are particularly interesting for two reasons.

First, it's a bit odd to see opposition to Obamacare building now that Healthcare.gov has finally been fixed and is usable by the majority of citizens in the 36 state network that it covers. Previous polls had demonstrated that favorability toward the law had stabilized and had even improved slightly heading into the tech surge, so this sudden reversal could be a bad sign when it comes to meeting the 7 million sign-ups that the Department of Health and Human Services is targeting.

The second notable factor here is that this drop-off in support follows the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services admission that Obamacare will not reduce costs for everyone and that millions of Americans could lose their health insurance coverage on Jan. 1 as previously acceptable insurance plans don't meet the beefed-up requirements inherent in the PPACA. According to Forbes' estimates, some 6 million people could be set to lose their policies in just two days, creating an opening for those citizens to claim a hardship that'll potentially land them outside the scope of the individual mandate.

This last point is particularly important, because the HHS is counting on the perception and forecast of lower health-care costs as a driver to aid in their efforts to sign young adults up for health insurance. Young adults are the plain-as-day ingredient needed to make Obamacare a success, and they're the key component insurers need to help lower their short-term insurance costs. Adverse selection would suggest that the sickest and most in need of care are going to sign up first, so if we want insurers to keep their premium costs reasonable next year, we had better hope that a significant number of young adults sign up for health insurance.

Source: National Institutes of Health, Wikimedia Commons.

What does this mean for you as a consumer and investor?
While this ultimately is just a poll and we should really allow the actual data to speak for itself, there are a few implications here for consumers and investors.

From a consumer perspective, growing opposition to the law leaves the possibility open that considerably more people than anticipated will choose not to purchase health insurance and will instead pay the individual-mandate penalty. While the fees collected from this penalty are expected to help expand Medicaid around the country, a lack of healthy young enrollees will almost assuredly push premiums higher when open enrollment kicks off for 2015 on Nov. 15, 2014.

As an investor, negative sentiment as we're seeing here could portend bad news for insurers, hospitals, and medical-device makers, but it creates an intriguing opportunity for private insurance platforms and health-care IT-infrastructure companies.

As opposition to Obamacare grows, the most obvious losers if fewer people were to sign up would be national insurers such as UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH  ) and hospital operators such as Tenet Healthcare (NYSE: THC  ) .

Insurers would lose out based on our discussion of adverse selection noted earlier, while hospital operators such as Tenet would be treating fewer insured patients than expected, reducing its doubtful revenue accounts by a smaller figure than projected. In turn, this extra revenue collected by hospital operators is expected to fuel investments in the latest medical device technology. If that revenue isn't there, a medical-device maker such as Accuray (NASDAQ: ARAY  ) could face a double-whammy. It would be required to pay the 2.3% medical-device excise tax as mandated by the PPACA, and it could see sales slump, as hospitals simply don't have the extra revenue to purchase the latest in radiation therapy devices such as Accuray's TomoTherapy system, which costs in excess of $3 million.

On the flipside, private platform insurers such as eHealth (NASDAQ: EHTH  ) and IT-infrastructure application providers like Cerner (NASDAQ: CERN  ) could be big beneficiaries.

Let's be clear that most consumers desire to have health insurance and are in favor of universal health-care reform -- it's just that most aren't in favor of Obamacare for varying reasons. What eHealth provides is an alternative platform to Healthcare.gov for consumers to compare health plans. While it all leads toward the same goal of signing up people for health insurance, eHealth's perceived separation from the state and government-run exchanges is propelling its membership rapidly higher.

Cerner, on the other hand, will benefit as health-care facilities prepare for weaker-than-expected Obamacare enrollments and look to cut costs by improving their operational efficiency. Lately, cost-cutting has been a big driver of bottom-line growth, so look for Cerner to continue to play an important role in this effort moving forward.

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  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 2:33 PM, remoke wrote:

    The more people learn about Obamacare, the LESS they're going to like it.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 2:47 PM, flea1989 wrote:

    Wait until the employer mandate kicks in, more will dislike it when employers drop insurance they liked for more expensive insurance with higher deductibles. "You can keep your insurance if you like it" LOL yeah right!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 2:51 PM, onmtntime wrote:

    OK I went into the "Affordable care" website to see what it was going to cost my daughter for health insurance. She is 22 still in college and works 8 months out of the year at minimum wage. Her health care lowest amount was 160.00 a month. It goes to show that those with money have no idea what is affordable to others. There is no way she can afford this. This man needs to be impeached. Perhaps I would feel respectful if he would have followed through with this for our young people.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 2:55 PM, Carrot1530 wrote:

    Obama Care (ACA) and Obama are both unaffordable....we need to get ride of both..

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 2:58 PM, KitchyKoo wrote:

    I checked out the costs for me and my wife. The costs are ridiculous.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 2:59 PM, Deedee wrote:

    There is nothing affordable under the A.C.A. premiums are high the deductibles are even higher. For what the government spent to roll out this disastrous program they could have provided health care for the CITIZENS who didn't health coverage. It makes more sense for the young and healthy to pay the fines then to pay for something they won't use. Not many 20-30 year old adults have such significant health problems that they will spend $5000.00 out of pocket before their insurance kicks in. This was not well thought out by the Obama Administration - it will be the destruction of our health care system not an improvement. I truly feel for those who were misled into believing they would receive health insurance for free - they obviously believed the President and that was their mistake. Now they'll pay for their ignorance.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:00 PM, Butters wrote:

    To mtntime educate yourself before you speak please..

    If a plan covers children, they can be added or kept on the health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.

    Children can join or remain on a plan even if they are:

    married

    not living with their parents

    attending school

    not financially dependent on their parents

    eligible to enroll in their employer’s plan

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:00 PM, 85percent wrote:

    Let's do some math...before the Affordable Care Act AKA: OblamerCare 85% of the country had insurance and 15% lacked insurance.

    So it only make Liberal sense to screw up the lives, cost and coverage of the 85% so the 15% can get free coverage. Why address the 15% problem if you can really screw with 85% of the happy campers.

    So in affect...100% of the country is now "infected" by Oblamercare!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:06 PM, metou wrote:

    it might be better for people to pay the fine , i head its 95 bucks

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:07 PM, scammed wrote:

    wow the article sounds interesting but when you read it and at the end it is brought to you by a seller for health insurance who will tell you it 14k and sell you a plated plan you can now feel scammed this article bought and paid for by the folks who want you to sign up Obamacare get the American peoples money company

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:07 PM, Becker570 wrote:

    ObamaDoomCare manipulating your lives while changes are constant and premiums will be altered.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:08 PM, JereK wrote:

    I love the fact that this article states that the website is now "usable by the majority of citizens in the 36 state network". Based on the fact that 1 Million people have signed up?? That seems to be a rather meager sampling, based on the number of people that were expected to sign up did not represent a majority of families in those states.

    If everyone signs up that the government hoped would, still leaves approximately 30 miliion without insurance coverage.

    The federal government should have left it to the states to decide their own solutions. Notwithstanding the Supreme Court's decision holding the law constitutional as a tax, it should still be considered a violation of states rights/powers. The federal government has overreached its limitations again. Murphy's Law prevails.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:09 PM, PaulPhoenix wrote:

    I'm cool with the ACA.

    America, and by America i mean the hardworking citizens of this country who don't live off the government dole have been abused for too long.

    When they at the very least have to pay more for worse healthcare or lose their healthcare all together, when they have to pay higher taxes, and have their hours cut or lose their jobs, perhaps then people will rise up and say no more! No more politicians becoming millionaires while in office while they raise taxes, spend, spend, spend us into oblivion. The ACA will hopefully be the poison pill that kills the old America so the new one can be better and stronger and leech free.

    Cruz/Paul 2016 for a new America!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:11 PM, pirxthepilot wrote:

    I don't say this lightly but have become convinced that the only way to get this execrable law off the books is for the public to engage in mass civil disobedience. You know, what if they threw a party and nobody came? Everyone should just refuse to register for this nonsense until they yank it and rework it to make it truly affordable. Ultimately the mass non-participation will force Congress to rewrite it.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:15 PM, Pakirk53 wrote:

    I once thought motly fool provided investment advice for the common man now I see it is just a progressive propaganda machine. I rent 3 properties and have yet to find 3 people who pay their montly rent consistently past the first month and Sean Williams writes as if its a foregone conclusion that the first million will pay their monthly premiums like clock work.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:16 PM, peacefulvalley59 wrote:

    The low polling numbers in favor of Obamacare is absolutely no surprise whatsoever. In fact, they speak very highly of America as a free nation. Even if the ill-fated healthcare law had been thoroughly and thoughtfully planned, the very notion of federal control over one's healthcare options is antithetical to a freedom loving nation. I suspect the polling numbers will dip much further as the intricate details of the plan are borne out by horror stories of rationed care, exorbitant premiums and high deductibles. Sadly, for a very small fraction of the cost of Obamacare and with absence of upsetting the apple cart for all those who were perfectly happy with their existing healthcare plans, we could have simply bought policies for the truly needy.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:19 PM, Gotlift wrote:

    The more you know about it the less you like it. Where did you think the money was going to come from?

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:19 PM, johnestromjr wrote:

    Sean, you seem to live in a Fool's Paradise. ObamaCare is a disaster. A disaster that was foisted upon the American people by a lying president and lying Democrats. It was 'sold' to the gullible who believed Obama when he said, "If you LIKE your health care plan you can keep it. If you LIKE your doctor you can keep your doctor". He also advised that the average SAVINGS per person would be $2500. He was lying and he KNEW they couldn't keep their plan since virtually NO plan had coverage for mental health issues, drug dependency and a host of other things liberals wanted covered so as to "spread the misery" to a bigger flock of idiots. Over 70% of ALL Americans were happy with what they had - but HE - Barack Hussein Obama is smarter than all of us and knew what was best for ALL of us. So now we have a stupid, non-functioning health care where many can't sign up, most don't want to sign up and if they were able they still can't pay for it. Stupid IS as stupid DOES.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:22 PM, comosichiam wrote:

    The only thing that continues to perplex me is the medias constant circling the wagons around this incompetent Marxist fool remember you in the media you are all responsible for this idiot being here and when the time comes to pay your dues you then will be sorry for your stupid support of this idiot and the damage he has wreaked on this nation may God have mercy on your souls.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:28 PM, gotroyah wrote:

    Who conducted this poll? Is it Fox News? What plan the Republican have to offer.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:30 PM, Chiara2 wrote:

    Welcome to U-DØPE -IA!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:31 PM, NoWindows8LockIn wrote:

    Hard to be believe that there are so many dumb people writing comments. Normally, Fool readers are sophisticated.

    Look:

    I knew this situation was going to come about even before Obama took office for the first time. The reason is simple: The insurance companies are gaming the system in the short-term because it is to their great benefit to do so. Here are the reasons they are holding or even raising rates now:

    1. If Obamacare actually opens up competition in health-care (which it will eventually), then it is better to rake in the $$$ now before market forces drive rates down.

    2. Since no one can be refused for pre-existing medical conditions, it is better to jack up rates now in anticipation of massive influx of chronically-ill that will no be on the roster.

    3. There are a HUGE number of players in the medical industry who are getting paid more than stock-brokers by gaming the system. Everyone from the company that makes a stethoscope for $350 (when China can make the same quality device for $8) to the "specialist" who racks up extra $5000 for unnecessary medical tests using his fancy $80,000 machine, then citing "precaution against litigation" as a an excuse....all these people are getting paid. And some of them, especially hospitals, do NOT want real competition in the health-care industry. What's the best way to keep the status quo? Jack-up everyone's rates...make them angry...kill Obamacare, and it's back-to-business.

    Obama is not dumb. The people who work for him, from elite universities in the USA, are not dumb. They knew this was going to happen.

    They have an ace-in-the-hole, however, and strangely, that ace has already been played:

    Once it becomes law that everyone has to have insurance, the REAL game begins: the cheating is going to start to come undone.

    These small insurance providers are going to start under-cutting Aetna, Blue-Cross-Blue-Shield....lessor known HMO's are going to start killing the racket by dropping rates.

    Then all the B.S. will go out the window.

    Just remember. I told you so.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:32 PM, SAMSON1943 wrote:

    If this is a CNN poll I can only imagine what the REAL numbers are. 62 vs 35% is a pretty big spread. So when do the protests and marches begin?

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:33 PM, thecarnivore123 wrote:

    Dumb article. The problem was never about the website. The problem is with the law itself. As more people understand it, the less they will like it. That goes for everyone, rich and poor. This law was built to fail, that's what we have been screaming for nearly four years and only now is the media starting to figure that out for themselves.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:37 PM, GaryDMN wrote:

    The party of blame is choosing to blame the website, too funny.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:37 PM, TimCO wrote:

    Single-payer health care along with some entitlement reform is the only way to control healthcare costs in the long run. We just don't yet have the political courage to get these things done. Think where we'd be taking care of the elderly if we'd left them at the mercy of private health insurance and hospital chargemasters for the past 45 years. Hoo-wee.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:37 PM, hobo21 wrote:

    a million signed up for obama care and 900,000 of those sign ups were from medicaid receipients that don't have jobs and expect the working and healthy young to pay their premiums. sounds like a good deal for welfare receipients which this plan was set up for to begin with and in addition there was 600 million dollars that was spent to michelle obama's friend in canada that was paid to set up a failed web site. wonder how much michelle received for that contract.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:41 PM, PonderingItAll wrote:

    onmtntime: Not only could your college-age daughter be part of your family plan (coming under your 12,600 maximum out-of-pocket), but if her income is under $10,000/year as you described then she qualifies for Medicaid and would get full coverage for $0/year!

    ACA is terrific for young people earning low incomes because of the Medicaid expansion that is part of the package.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:43 PM, john1962 wrote:

    First, let me say that anyone who thinks that the Healthcare.gov sight is fixed you're wrong. Let's wait and see how many of those people who went through the application process were successful actually paying for their premiums. My guess is that part of the site still doesn't work.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:44 PM, reeve1 wrote:

    Maybe its not as acceptable now because people are realizing they can't afford it, Obama lied about keeping existing (cheaper) policies, and he violated all of our rights to ram it down our throats. In what world can someone force you to buy something and penalize you if you don't? Ohh, its this world! The most honorable thing Obama could do is resign his position.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:47 PM, monza1 wrote:

    The writer of this article is clearly ignorant of Obamacare. How can The Motley Fool rely on people like him to write about Obamacare is beyond me.

    The writer says that "it is odd the now the the website works people are still against Obamacare"

    Hello! The web site was a non-issue. Now that the web site is working people are seeing what Obamacare really is. 85% of the people will pay more to solve problems of 15%. There was no need to destroy health insurance of the great majority to fix problems of a few. Other solutions existed. Obamacare is not a solution; it is a government takeover.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:48 PM, IamFedUp wrote:

    Obama,California and Nancy Pelosi are screwing the AMERICAN LEGAL CITIZEN -Big Time !

    Interesting that the LA times did this.. Lou Dobbs reported this on CNN and it cost him his job. The only network we would see this on would be FOX.. All the others are staying away from it.Whether you are a Democrat or Republican this is of great interest to you!

    Just One State - be sure and read the last part..

    This is only one State.................If this doesn't open eyes, nothing will!

    From the L. A. Times

    1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes.

    This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.

    2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

    3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

    4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

    5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.

    6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.

    7... The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

    8 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.

    9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.

    10. In L.. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.. (There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County .)

    (All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times)

    Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States ' annual population growth(and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens .

    We are fools for letting this continue .

    HOW CAN YOU HELP ?

    Send copies of this letter to at least two other people. 100 would be even better.

    This is only one State...............

    If this doesn't open your eyes nothing will, and you wonder why Nancy Pelosi wants them to become voters!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:50 PM, IamFedUp wrote:

    Obama,California and Nancy Pelosi are screwing the AMERICAN LEGAL CITIZEN -Big Time !

    Obama administration tells nothing but Lies-

    Interesting that the LA times did this.. Lou Dobbs reported this on CNN and it cost him his job. The only network we would see this on would be FOX.. All the others are staying away from it. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican this is of great interest to you!

    Just One State - be sure and read the last part..

    This is only one State.................If this doesn't open eyes, nothing will!

    From the L. A. Times

    1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes.

    This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.

    2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.

    3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.

    4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

    5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.

    6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.

    7... The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.

    8 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.

    9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.

    10. In L.. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.. (There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County .)

    (All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times)

    Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States ' annual population growth(and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens .

    We are fools for letting this continue .

    HOW CAN YOU HELP ?

    Send copies of this letter to at least two other people. 100 would be even better.

    This is only one State...............

    If this doesn't open your eyes nothing will, and you wonder why Nancy Pelosi wants them to become voters!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:50 PM, Arnold wrote:

    In 1994, my family and I were out walking, tending our farm animals in a rural area of Illinois. It was early in the morning and there was a chill in the air. All of a sudden, a brisk wind started to swirl, faster and faster, becoming very intense. It began whisking items on the ground and flinging them in the air. In a brief moment the chickens were gone. The wind shook the trees violently. It picked up BO our donkey and carried him airborne. Years later we saw him on TV being sworn in as president. Now we visit him and Michelle often to discuss how things used to be.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:51 PM, monza1 wrote:

    One more thing: from the comments on this site people clearly do not realize that Medicaid is not free. Old people on Medicaid will have their property possessed once they die; young people on Medicaid will .......never mind. Just get informed before letting your sons and daughters go on Medicaid.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:53 PM, PonderingItAll wrote:

    What most ACA-haters don't understand is that even if you have the cheapest exchange policy, you may have a $6300 deductible but until you reach that you pay the amounts the insurance company has negotiated with the provider. Cash customers pay the amounts from the hospital's "charge register", which can be vastly higher. (Sometimes 10 or 20 times higher for the very same procedure of item.) This could easily save you $6300 over the cash customer by the time you do hit your deductible.

    Ten there's the other fact most don't understand: That $6300 is actually your maximum out-of-pocket per year. That means you are 100% covered for any amount above that. Considering that a broken leg can cost you $35,000 these days, even the lowest-tier coverage is terrific.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 3:53 PM, StevenA wrote:

    The poll results do not surprise me. Initially those who felt negatively about it based their feelings on the simple fact they knew it was economically impossible to add millions to the insurance rolls, provide coverage to children until they we 26 years of age and demand that insurance companies cover pre-existing illnesses all while saving $2500 per family. Now a greater number have become negative on it for the plain and simple fact that Obama and his minions lied to us. No matter how Obamacare turns out the greatest damage to Obama is people no longer trust him.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 4:05 PM, DarkSaiyan wrote:

    @Butters: Did it ever occur to you that they might not be able to afford to keep their daughter on their plan? Maybe he is disabled and on SSA, and has no other insurance. Maybe his daughter does not want to leech off her parents. Maybe you and other like you should shut up and stop telling everyone how uneducated they are until you know all the facts.

    @gotroyah: "...the latest research poll (link opens a PDF) conducted by CNN/ORC International..." Try again jackass. The Republicans were in favor of leaving it the hell alone so the 85% would still have their coverage. You seem unable to understand that the cost of HEALTH INSURANCE is not the issue. The cost of HEALTH CARE is the issue, lower the costs of hospital and doctor visits and the cost of insurance will fall on it's own.

    @TimCO: You should read up on the problems of a single payer system before championing it. I would rather not have to wait between 4 weeks and three months to see a specialist if there was a chance I had cancer, and then that long again if a surgery was needed. When my daughter needed surgery they made the appointment for the next week. She waited 6 days and was in. Lets not forget that our "flawed" system has a higher preventable death rate than all the single payer countries.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 4:13 PM, jmason900 wrote:

    Not surprisingly, our elected government continues to establish new lows in negative impacts on the middle class. The media overly focused on the Web site issues which are all short-term. While full impacts occur over several years, we can already see the real impacts:

    Positives:

    * lower health care costs for a minority

    * more coverage for a minority

    Negatives:

    * higher taxes to pay for the subsidies on plans

    * higher health care costs for the majority

    * less coverage for many through cancellation of current plans

    * more people losing coverage than signing up for Obamacare

    * confusion by the Federal government on how to fix the problems they created with Obamacare

    Did the majority of US citizens vote for these impacts? No. How did this happen? Our elected representatives put in as much effort as they were willing ( most did not read the full 900 page act ) to analyze potential impacts. The administration and Congressional leaders led the campaign of misinformation to the public.

    In hindsight, not the best work done by an elected government. If truth in advertising rules applied, we might rename ACA - the Not Affordable Care Act or Obama Don't Care.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 4:16 PM, Meathead1941 wrote:

    No surprise with any aspects of Ovomitcare. The program was designed to fail in order to bring in a "One Payer" system - the government being the "One Payer". Total control over healthcare and one-sixth of the economy is the ultimate goal.

    Ovomit stated several times that he DID NOT want a one-payer system. It's not really hard to figure Ovomit out. Understand that whatever this narcissistic pathological liar says, he is going to do the opposite.

    Thanks to the low-intellect voters who put the fully unqualified Ovomit into office and then voted to keep him there. If you haven't regretted your dumb vote yet, you soon will. Especially when he becomes "El Presidente-for-Life".

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 4:45 PM, Gertrude wrote:

    Obama urinal targets available on line now, show your true feelings about Obamacare! Fill his ears for bonus points!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 5:08 PM, PSTTUSA7 wrote:

    To my surprise 46% should be 30%. From all President s before WWII to now, we had a mind bagging President. Its the big fault of those voted for Obama the second term. We are closed to finding the missing 666 in revelation. Here we go

    Democrat, Hilary will step up for Obama missing

    puzzlesssssssss.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 5:18 PM, leelee10 wrote:

    I never thought yahoo was so raciest until I began reading the reviews. Are all of you from the red states or are you all just fools

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 5:20 PM, Veritas177 wrote:

    I am not surprised, no. Even after a big run, the Administration is touting a million enrollments, but the goal was seven million. No matter how they try to spin it, December was terrible, and it would have been a surprise if that wasn't showing in the polls.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 5:20 PM, nonavailable wrote:

    Here is the BIG LIE about the AFA. OBlamer says that the richest country in the world should be able to afford Health Care for all it's citizens. That may be true, but the last time I heard we were the most indebted country in the world.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 5:25 PM, thenicklemansbro wrote:

    What Obama's people and supporters of the ACA don't tell you is that is when you lose your coverage you can go to your agent and get a policy without going to the healthcare Gov site. Usually it will be cheaper . The only people that should be going to the gov site are those that are getting welfare in some way be it medicade or a subsidity to pay for your insurance

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 5:28 PM, leelee10 wrote:

    You know what, its snowing up north,I bet its Obama fault. There was a suicide booming in Russia, you know what, I bet its Obama fault. The PO is raising there rates, I bet its Obama fault. You people sound like you watch Fox New 24/7. Get a life and maybe you all will get a clue.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 5:32 PM, Veritas177 wrote:

    If you think that polling looks bad now, wait until people start to file their taxes and see the penalty. It will get much much worse before it gets better.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 5:45 PM, xcxcxcer45 wrote:

    Obamacare makes up more than 200 of the items on this list: Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 504 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc. http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-25...

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 5:52 PM, Dentdog wrote:

    Sean, sorry but people were lied to. Very sad to see a financial website I have followed since it's inception become a political mouthpiece, for any agenda.

    I kind of a middle of the roader here, want health care for all, don't want government control of it.

    This healthcare model will punish 120 million. Help maybe 20 million. Such an unbalanced benefit for our society.

    I've signed up at various times for subscriptions for the Fool. I'm gone.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 5:58 PM, IMFEEDUPISALIER wrote:

    "From the L. A. Times"

    "(All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times)"

    When will you learn that just because you repeat a lie, it does not make it true.

    Source

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/taxes.asp

    See how easy that was.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 6:09 PM, JamesM wrote:

    The same bipartisan group of traitors dedicated to the NWO / world gov't that "fixed" our economy by sending 49% of our mfg to Mexico and Communist China via FREE TRADE, "fixed" the Middle East by sending 7,000 soldiers to die in that endless, decade-long unConstitutional conflict, voted the U.S. into an irreversible, staggering bankruptcy of $18 trill, bailed out the bankers for $10 trill and allowed the non-Fed no-Reserve System to destroy our currency are the same ones who have "fixed" our health care system. TREASON is the reason America is collapsing. PURE TREASON!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 6:14 PM, funkstuf wrote:

    why would this poll surprise us? People are now learning something that many of us knew all along: The cost of insured for the middle class (most of us) is going to skyrocket worse than it was before. What's new? Those people are now regretting having supported it but we already told them that was going to happen.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 6:23 PM, rloechel wrote:

    The president is a liar, i.e. doctor, health plan. Is there any wonder that the majority of Americans don't trust him, much of anything he says or does or any program/plan he supports?

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 6:24 PM, Leftshot wrote:

    PonderingItAll needs to ponder a little more. There was a lot of misinformation in their post.

    1. Deductible and out-of-pocket maximums are not the same thing. Typically, (but not always) the out-of-pocket maximum is about twice the deductible amount. In between you have co-insurance. So in a typical plan structure you pay 100% for most things up to the deductible limit, then you pay for the amount not covered by co-insurance (typically you'll pay 20-70%) until you reach the out-of-pocket maximum. Then AND ONLY THEN are you 100% insured AND THEN only through the end of that year at which time you start from zero having to pay the deductible again.

    2.While it is true the insured pay the contract rate for services, it is not true that "Cash customers pay the amounts from the hospital's 'charge register'". Cash customer can and do negotiate their bills all the time and it is not unusual for cash customers to pay LESS THAN the insured contract rates. For example, it's not unusual for a provider to accept 10, 20, even 30% LESS than the contract rates for an immediate cash settlement.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 6:36 PM, rw93003 wrote:

    Most people don't view getting a system that forces you to pay more, for worse insurance, with a higher deductible to be a favorable thing

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 6:43 PM, bc3b wrote:

    Question: what percentage of the 1+ million that have enrolled are Medicaid (receiving major subsidies so their monthly fees are minimal)?

    If Sean were a better reporter, he would have told us (provided the Obama regime was willing to share that information).

    ObamaCare is all about the transfer of wealth, with the middle class paying for healthcare for the poor.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 6:46 PM, oceanbryan wrote:

    Ok, I am one of those uninsured, but looking at Obamacare, I am disappointed. Even if I am subsidized by government( ie: taxpayers), still the deductibles are way too high that it doesn't make sense. Prior to Obamacare, I could have bought this same plan with low premium without subsidizes and with lower deductibles. In other word: Obamacare sucks, it did not really help the uninsured. Only this time, we are forced to buy something that unworkable. Seriously, who will pay for the deductibles?

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 6:48 PM, greyhound44 wrote:

    Any one who pays taxes is as insane as Insane Hussein and and HER entire Ship of Fools!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 6:52 PM, skipgainer61 wrote:

    Only a fool would believe any numbers or statements coming from this administration or anyone associated with the democrats and a lot of republicans!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 7:04 PM, ISHKANOTA wrote:

    a couple yrs ago i was paying 47.00 and change every 2 week check for good coverage, all of our plans got canceled because it didnt have all the obama minumum coverage. but nobody ever had a problem getting any medical care from all kinds of illness from about 500 people insured. anyway now a plan that is similar is 637.00 a month which is a gold plan a bronze plan which sucks and has high deductible of 5000. is 230.00 which is about double what i was paying 2 yrs ago.

    obama is a liar and the timing could not of been worse.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 7:09 PM, Helmetbreaker wrote:

    why would anyone be surprised about the low poll number? It is now real clear through loss of insurance, sticker shock, the government website mess, and the numerous broken promises by the Administration and Democrats in Congress and elsewhere that the ACA is probably even worse than Republicans have been contending! In 2014 the taxes on insurance provided by employers and various other taxes, the loss of insurance from employers, and the unknown will further alienate the public! The lack of healthy young people signing up will be the final sword that will kill ObamaCare and none too soon!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 7:30 PM, KateB83 wrote:

    I'm one of the long term uninsured young adults. I didn't buy it before the ACA because of cost, I'm certainly not going to buy it now that it costs even more. I know I'm not invincible, but I haven't been sick enough to see a doctor in nine years. Going to take a lot more to convince people like me to part with our money.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 7:58 PM, spc8769 wrote:

    ObamaCare has always been based on lies and deception. The way Obama constantly tried, and to a degree succeeded, to drill "15%" into everyone's head for example.

    He would always say something like "85% of Americans either have health insurance or have access to it through their employers". Well what about those millions of people who work at a place that offers health insurance but cannot afford it so don't buy it?

    Not only is Obama purposely not counting them as not having health insurance, they are actually being lumped in to the group that does!

    Anyway, the number of people without health insurance is MUCH higher than 15%.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 8:29 PM, trubolt wrote:

    Does This Latest Obamacare Poll Surprise You?

    actually, no. all the rest of them have been bs, so why should this one be any different? articles like this are nothing more than disinformation and distortions in attempt to get the readers to believe their message. do you remember all the vets breaking down barriers to get to their memorial during the gov shutdown? not a word from the mainstream media. remember the million biker ride on 911 in Washington that clogged the roads for mile after mile after mile? not one word from the mainstream media. in fact, the public access traffic cams showed recordings of little or no traffic whatsoever, not to mention SNOW!! are you kidding me?,snow? in September? in Washington? if that was the case, then why wasn't it on the news? or how about the million trucker drive in October? again, not one word! yet we are supposed to believe the disaster that is Obamacare is working and doing what this article says it is? think people, think!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 8:43 PM, hbk72777 wrote:

    "questions involving how Obamacare will effect individual citizens "

    affect

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 9:04 PM, BigBob19 wrote:

    It does surprise me that there is 35% polled that still like it! Myself would have a clue as to why they would! Denial runs deep in this country in my opinion. Obamacare is a great name because Affordable care is just one of the countless lies that has come out of his and others in the white house mouths! Nothing affordable about the total crap in the law called Obamacare!! Cant wait until he is gone!!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 9:39 PM, Mark60657 wrote:

    80-85% of Americans have health insurance. So, our brilliant government dismantled a program with an 85% coverage rate to provide coverage to 15% of uninsured. Why didn’t our government address the problem of the 15% uninsured and fix the issues in the program with the 85% success rate?

    The U.S. Government has never and will never have a 85% success rate in anything.

    I can’t wait to hear from the Obamacare defenders.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 9:49 PM, skypilot2005 wrote:

    The BIG lie:

    If you like your plan, you can keep it. If you like your Doctor, you can keep them.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 9:55 PM, rbreau1 wrote:

    Most of the people that support the ACA are liberals that will support anything the nitwit in the WH does.

    Many Americans care for their freedom and want less government in their lives.

    Most of the poor adult people that were born in this country are lazy. They were lazy in school and did not apply themselves.

    Legal immigrants come to this country and five years later many are doing much better than those born here.

    Those that stay poor depend on the government and in my opinion are too well off which is one of the reasons they stay on government assistance all their lives.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 10:01 PM, francie wrote:

    It would appear the do nothing Republicans are actually doing something. They are poisoning the minds of Amercans - they are embolding people like those who troll to put down the President -- and they are creating a fascist-like foundation that will allow the corporations to completely take over our nation, people, and livlihoods.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 10:09 PM, cstom wrote:

    Thanks to the costs of ObamaCare I got kicked off my wife's insurance at work and now have to get it on my own. Now it's going to cost our family an additional $300.00+ per month ($3600.00+ per year) for my health care. Another case of these rich a**holes trying to destroy the middle-class by making us pay for the Healthcare version of Welfare. They won't be happy until there is nothing but the rich and poor in this country as they pursue their Socialist Agenda and the ignorant citizens who keep voting these worthless liberals into office because they think it is fair to destroy families who work hard just to survive and force them to pay for the lazy a**es out there who want everything given to them! This country is going down quickly and most people are too dumb to see it!

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 10:14 PM, Cardinals2525 wrote:

    NoWindows8lockln

    As I'm sure you know, The ACA is 2,000 pages of law and 15,000 pages of regulations, creates thousands on new Federal Bureaucratic jobs, that is millions of dollars of new government wages, benefits and pensions...also, instead of companies spending money to reinvest in their businesses and create jobs, there will be millions of dollars paid to attorneys to "try" to comply with this law and regulations. When the IRS comes in to audit compliance with the ACA, businesses will pay millions to "lawyer-up" and litigate their positions on interpretations of the law and regulations...who do you think will ultimately pay for this??? How is the ACA cheaper than not having it at all?? Wouldn't competition increase to drive down costs with a 1 paragraph law that allows insurance companies to sell across state lines???

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 10:15 PM, moiraacleary wrote:

    Here comes the ObamaCare tax avalanche

    Here comes the ObamaCare tax avalanche

    By: John Hayward

    12/27/2013 09:29 AM

    At its core, ObamaCare is three things: a massive expansion of Medicaid; a set of complex mandates to control both insurance providers and customers; and the largest tax increase in a generation, much of it levied against the middle class. Because it is politically vital to hide tax increases from the Sainted Middle Class, much of this burden is hidden as pass-through taxation – you think your premiums are increasing, but it’s really an income redistribution scheme with the tax burden laid on insurance providers, who pass it along to you. This has the enormous political benefit of diverting public anger over increased premiums against the insurance providers, rather than the government, which is something the former should have considered more carefully before hopping into bed with the latter, visions of mandatory commerce dancing in their heads.

    ObamaCare also includes quite a few explicit tax increases, which were delayed until they would not jeopardize Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. The most obvious of these taxes is the individual mandate – certified as a 100 percent bona fide tax by the Supreme Court, in the decision that allowed ObamaCare to exist at all. President Obama has seized the extraordinary new power to selectively delay this tax for certain people – a precedent that will prove interesting if the next President also wishes to waive taxes by executive fiat. Perhaps we should add a fourth core component of ObamaCare: it rewrote the Constitution, in the manner of a computer virus corrupting an operating system.

    But some people certainly are going to pay that individual mandate tax next year, and it’s far from the only tax hike coming our way in 2014. The New York Post runs them down, and reports that at least one insurance provider has decided not to keep them safely hidden:

    Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes that are added on to premiums, opting instead to discretely pass them on to customers while quietly lobbying lawmakers for a break.

    But one insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, laid bare the taxes on its bills with a separate line item for “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes.”

    The new taxes on one customer’s bill added up to $23.14 a month, or $277.68 annually, according to Kaiser Health News. It boosted the monthly premium from $322.26 to $345.40 for that individual.

    You remember Obama telling you that your tax bill would shoot up by over $275 a year under his plan, don’t you? No? You remember the exact opposite - passionate, repeated vows that taxes on the Sainted Middle Class wouldn’t be raised by a dime? Call it Obama’s Third Big Lie, after “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” and “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

    What’s in that hearty salad of new taxes, New York Post?

    The new taxes and fees include a 2 percent levy on every health plan, which is expected to net about $8 billion for the government in 2014 and increase to $14.3 billion in 2018.

    There’s also a $2 fee per policy that goes into a new medical-research trust fund called the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

    Insurers pay a 3.5 percent user fee to sell medical plans on the HealthCare.gov Web site.

    But wait, there’s more!

    Americans also will pay hidden taxes, such as the 2.3 percent medical-device tax that will inflate the cost of items such as pacemakers, stents and prosthetic limbs.

    Those with high out-of-pocket medical expenses also will get smaller income-tax deductions.

    Americans are currently allowed to deduct expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of their annual income. The threshold jumps to 10 percent under ObamaCare, costing taxpayers about $15 billion over 10 years.

    High out-of-pocket expenses, you say? Hey, wait a second… don’t those newfangled “Affordable” Care Act plans feature enormous deductibles? Why, I’ll bet a whole lot of Sainted Middle Class folks are going to get stuck with a bigger tax bill next year because of that. Shucks, you’d almost think it was a deliberate deception to hide yet another tax increase from them.

    And of course, ObamaCare includes a tax leveled specifically at “millionaires,” a term redefined by the Democrat Party to mean people who earn $200,000 a year or more:

    Under ObamaCare, individual tax filers earning more than $200,000 and families earning more than $250,000 will pay an added 0.9 percent Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1.45 percent Medicare payroll tax. They’ll also pay an extra 3.8 percent Medicare tax on unearned income, such as investment dividends, rental income and capital gains.

    A new tax on capital gains smuggled into the “health care” bill… that’s just what a weak economy struggling to emerge from the endless Obama non-recovery needed.

    Instead of ruining so many people’s lives with poorly written mandates and blowing billions of dollars on bug-riddled federal and state exchange websites, Obama could have been honest in 2009 and simply proposed a huge Medicaid expansion, plus the tax increases needed to fund it. But that level of honesty is anathema to socialists. Their schemes always have to be dressed up as technocratic masterworks, brilliant plans that will not only fix the problems they love to exaggerate – in this case, the number of Americans who were involuntarily uninsured – but restructure and improve everyone’s life, at no cost to the Sainted Middle Class.

    Obama’s Big Lies were designed to fool voters into thinking ObamaCare would be essentially voluntary – you’d be able to keep everything the way it was if you wanted to. You probably wouldn’t want to, because ObamaCare would be so super-awesome that its plans would go flying off the virtual shelves, but if you weren’t sold on entering the system, you could keep your old plan and your preferred health care providers.

    In reality, none of that is true, and you wont’ be able to escape the ObamaCare tax avalanche, either. This is just the beginning, too. Wait until insurance companies caught in the death spiral of expensive, older, sicker customers buying Affordable Care Act policies, while the young and healthy take a pass on their planned shakedown, causes the industry to come looking for a bailout… which will probably be financed with deficit dollars… which will turn into irresistible demands for tax increases in a couple of years. Wait until the federal government pulls the Medicaid rug out from beneath your state, obliging the state government to soak you for more tax revenue. Wait until an army of desperate low-income ObamaCare policy holders begins crying out for relief from their huge deductibles, shaken at last from the delusion that Obama was going to give them “free medicine.”

    Every fountain of government benefits is also a siphon into taxpayer wallets. In 2014, the ObamaCare siphon will begin rumbling to life. In the years to follow, you’ll be amazed at how hard it can suck.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 10:16 PM, tonyatn wrote:

    Obama has been GOOD all along. The Republicans pay the media to bash Obama from time to time.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 10:21 PM, Cardinals2525 wrote:

    Our President entered politics with no money and will leave office a multi, multi, multi, multi millionaire. Al Gore and his "Global Warming"...I'm sorry is it now called "Climate Change" scheme is now worth over $200 million. There are simple solutions to our problems, but if Americans are doing well, people like our President and Al Gore can't make millions off of us.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 11:03 PM, Roko wrote:

    I was a promoter of Obamacare to everyone I knew and especially to ultra conservatives from church and my neighborhood. I am a very liberal Democrat. My goal was to see the poor get insurance and to see that group just above Medical to get covered. I did not know that for this to happen I would have to lose my insurance and consequently find I did not qualify for Obamacare. I also do not qualify for insurance. The insurance whether through the Covered California site or directly from the insurance companies is more than 3x what my, current to be cancelled on Dec.31st, insurance costs. The deductable is $6,000 (I have 0 deductable now) which is 6x more and some of the insurance companies do not cover medication and also I hear that they will not cover cancer in many cases if I get it. So my husband, who is in the same circumstances as me, are not going to have insurance any longer as of Tues. Dec.31. I and my husband have chronic blood diseases which will cause us to most likely die in one year without treatment. We have no recourse and hope we don't get sick for the next ten years till medicare kicks in. If we die we will send our funeral bills to the President.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 11:26 PM, rkjr wrote:

    I'm happy to see the "Journalist" Joke, who wrote this article LEFT his political bias at home.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2013, at 11:37 PM, elvisbythesea wrote:

    Whoa! Just because the computer/signup situation is finally working, sure as ship doesn't mean that Obama didn't lie when he promised, time after time, that we could "keep our old insurance" or when he said that it would be "affordable" to all Americans.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 12:55 AM, ck63 wrote:

    Liberal Media propaganda!

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 1:11 AM, borninkenyafools wrote:

    The author of this article must think we are indeed all fools . 2 million may have signed up but 5 million lost their health insurance ,so if you take your shoes off and use you toes to count ,the wonderful Obama care plan has left 3 million LESS people with health insurance . Hello how !@$%^ stupid are we . In mid 2014 85 million work related policies will be up for renewal and as such will be cancelled ! Should we be happy? should we be cheering ? What a moron

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 1:26 AM, greyhound44 wrote:

    Only a total FOOL like Insane Hussein would ever sign on for this GARBAGE!!

    NO physicians I know will ever see you idiot Obamamama NON CARE and medicaid TRASH!!!

    Maybe a Muslim??????????????????????

    Retired expat (10.3 + years) MD: NBME; ABIM; ABNM; ABR w/spec comp NR

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 3:06 AM, FLRF wrote:

    ACA is wealth redistribution pure and simple.The majority are seriously overcharged to pay for the "poor" that will pay nothing, but in addition it provides for another huge government bureaucracy to be built and staffed (just as the TSA was) The Democrat party is a lost hope for America. Their mantra is keep spending big time and spread the largess to their friends, starting with the financiers of the Party itself.

    The average US citizen is being fleeced by the sharks in office, and its getting more blatant each year.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 5:50 AM, PumpkinApple wrote:

    It's kind of a double edged sword to hear from former Obama supporters who have only now realized why conservatives have been so twisted in the knickers all this time. I'm so glad you / they can see this unsavory charismatic fool for what he is, but it's taken a national train wreck to get here and lots of unnecessary suffering....

    We do have a chance to upend and reform via the 2014 elections.... I sure would love and welcome any democrat, past or present, to jump on the conservative train ( even temporarily ) just to restore some of the liberties that socialism attempts to dismantle, and cohesively find some better alternatives to health care reform and entitlement reform than what we now cringe at before us.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 6:41 AM, JeffreyPtr wrote:

    I'm more surprised that so many thought the website was the problem. It was an annoyance but not the real problem. The main problem is price and always will be. You can't add all those with preexisting conditions and not have costs go up. As people get hit with the reality that costs must go up support for the ACA diminishes.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 6:47 AM, silverdragon8448 wrote:

    I just have one thing-I told you so. Just put every one on Medicare.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 7:13 AM, JibberJabberJoe wrote:

    Like the words transparent, affordable, glitch, and subsidy before it, the obama regime changed the meaning of the word "enrolled" to mean something other than having purchased and paid for a policy in order to juice the numbers. Even the, there is a net loss of 3 million insured due to cancellations caused by 0bamacare. Smart people are onto it.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 8:23 AM, ron2cu wrote:

    What is so surprising? We have to deal with biased, lying media trying to keep this lying president, his "landmark" health care reform and his goons above water. We have had bad legislation forced on us, broken promises, higher health care insurance costs that were promised to be lower and a president that changes laws on a whim with executive orders.

    Those people who are getting a subsidy: Next year that money will be added to your gross income for the year, putting you in a higher tax bracket. So, if you look forward to a little bit of your tax money back in the form of a refund every year, better forget it.

    This is not affordable. It's not health care. It is insurance. They should have concentrated on frivolous lawsuits, They should have reigned in the insurance companies for not insuring people (car insurance has a pool) and telling them they could not purchase a particular drug or changing a drug from being covered which is happening more now.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 8:34 AM, chrisxasos wrote:

    SILENCE! All hail King Hussein.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 8:38 AM, erini wrote:

    Romneycare does not work? I wonder why it worked in Massachusetts and does not work for the whole country? Why Congress turned down Obama's first choice, European style universal health insurance but allowed for Romneycare?

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 8:38 AM, Dahun wrote:

    6 million have lost their insurance and 1 million pick a plan. What cabout the 5 million added to the uninsured?

    Of the 1 million that have 'picked a plan' how many have signed up?

    Of the 1 million that have 'picked a plan' how many are on Medicaid, elderly or sick?

    Until these questions are answered honestly why would anyone trust an administration that has consistently lied about Obamacre?

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 8:57 AM, oldpapajerry wrote:

    I am not sure if Mr. Williams or the Yahoo Editors, placed the blurb under the title to the article for this article, "With Obamacare enrollments surging over the past week and Healthcare.gov working for a majority of Americans,"

    I read the article twice and may have missed that part. The closest I could find was

    "Let's be clear that most consumers desire to have health insurance and are in favor of universal health-care reform -- it's just that most aren't in favor of Obamacare for varying reasons".

    Now, does that seem like the majority, over 150 million Americans are finding Obama-Care is working for ?

    When you consider less than 1 million have signed up (though it is not sure whether or not they have paid up, or just entered some information) it is a far cry from the majority of Americans who find the ACA working for them.

    Why not just be honest, parts of the program will assist some (few) Americans, while adding an unnecessary burden on Hundreds of Millions more.

    No one, except the Obama Administration has stated the costs will go down for most Americans.

    No one except the Obama Administration has stated the level of care will rise for all Americans, nor that access to your current doctor or hospital or that all of the medications would be covered by Medicare, Medicade or the ACA, in whole or in part.

    Now, that the Democrats and Obama have pushed this monstrosity through (without a single Republican vote) and as Nancy Pelosi so remarkably said " you have to pass it to find out what is in it", we Americans are finding out what is in it, and 70% DON'T LIKE IT !.

    Mr. Williams may be a fine prognosticator of stock and equity values, but should be as exact when preparing an editorial article, and leave the Pro-Obama Bias at home.

    I do understand why anyone who operates in the market, loves Obama and the FED, they have taken over one trillion dollars of taxpayer money each of the last five years and funneled it into the market, allowing for the amazing rise in stock prices, BUT...

    What will happen when the "free lunch ends", will the value of the stocks retreat to pre-Obama levels?

    Some say there will be a series of "corrections" as the FED slowly ends the infusion of capital into the market at the taxpayer's expense, others say it will collapse like a house of cards, again I believe if asked, Obama would say "you won't know what will happen until the FED stops printing", and by then I'll be out of office.

    These kind of articles only diminish the high opinion held of the Fools.

    OPJ

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 9:27 AM, Lovenia wrote:

    I spent 3 months registering with the VA.6 months waiting on an appointment with a doctor who spent 30 minutes telling me what we'd do in 4 months at my next appointment.Totally useless is the Veterans Hospital.

    Obama sent me a letter saying I'm covered by the VA healthcare so I'm EXEMPT from Obamacare.

    With politicians NOTHING from NOTHING is adequate coverage.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 9:38 AM, dahlmarye wrote:

    "9i)t's a bit odd to see opposition to Obamacare increase how that health.gov has been finally fixed.? Are you kidding? Just because the Web site works (if it does), doesn't mean people are going to like the results. They are paying more and getting less. And this is the government that wants to take over all aspects of our lives. This writer needs a reality check.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 10:24 AM, takeoutdog wrote:

    Odd he says.

    1 A forced law - epic fail

    2 lied out right about the entire thing - epic fail

    3 people can expect MUCH high costs and less care- epic fail

    4 No privacy- infact your exposing yourself to fraud if you sign up and says it in code you cannot see when signing the sign up application- EPIC FAIL

    5 the part1 to the "mark of the beast" - a few executive orders and we will be there - EPIC FAIL

    Dont sign up for this. We can make a difference- dont sign up find a way or something unrelated to obamacare. MAKE SURE. You sign up then you deserve what ever you get- you been warned!

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 11:33 AM, FightUSTaliban wrote:

    I like it, there's a lot that needs to be improved upon but let's take it and change those few areas that could be better. As for Polls, I remember 71% of the US disapproved of us being in Iraq, the administration waitied until 3 days after signing a Multi Billion Dollar deal for US Companies t gain access to Oil Services Contracts, THEN Cheney and Bush decided it was time to pull US Troops out of Iraq. They went against the Polls, 4500 Americans died, but look at all the good it did for us as a country? No need to look at what the country wants, just don't kill us in the process and pretend it's for something it isn't.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 11:49 AM, CharlesG wrote:

    Note to self: 2014 resolution, don't read Motley Fool tripe like this.

    As others have pointed out, it's not about the site. It's about the law. The law has been misrepresented, we've been lied to, and our elected class have exempted themselves.

    No, I am NOT an Obama supporter - I didn't like Bush either. With that said, I am a small business owner. I pay my own premiums. Last year, my premiums for $17K for a decent family plan, and that is with a 2k/2k deductible/copay.

    Next year, I will need to buy an ACA compliant plan that will likely cost me $24K, higher deductibles and higher copays. Where is my $2500/year savings?

    Those are real numbers. Don't lose your credibility by defending this pile of crap.

    MF - more articles like this, and I'll be cancelling.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 11:54 AM, TiredOfObamaBS wrote:

    Anyone notice they neglect to report the tens of millions who have or will lose their insurance?

    They're counting everyone who just goes on the site to see if it works, not necessarily to buy. They're also counting what goes into the shopping carts. Guess what - doesn't prove anything.

    Not only is the law an epic failure - this "idiot-in-chief" is an epic failure.

    Such an embarrassment.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 12:24 PM, ajohnson2u wrote:

    Another Biased Liberal journalist. You really find it surprising that Americans don't want this? Premiums, Deductibles, Co-pays.....all going thru the roof for those of us who have/had the coverage we already wanted/liked/are using. They're forcing people to buy something they don't want, or cannot afford. This has been a trainwreck from the get go. 5X more people have lost coverage than have signed up for it, yet they think it's a success now just because the site is working better. Forget about the stupid website. Just look at the numbers. 1.1 million have signed up. Over 5 million have lost coverage. The 5 million were paying customers of health insurance. Of the 1.1 million signing up, you can bet a very high percentage of those were for Medicaid(you know, the FREE stuff that would be paid for by paying customers). Now, tell me again how that is a success.....Progressive Liberal Socialists are the absolute most unintelligent breed of humans on the planet. It's absolutely insane how their thought process even works.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 12:48 PM, warpig6558 wrote:

    ". U.S. citizens are creatures of habit, and few of us like to pay our bills early"

    The question still remains...

    1.How many of the so-called million people that enrolled have actually paid?

    2.How many enrolled in Medicaid?

    3.How many have lower premiums & deductible?

    4. How many people are able to keep their doctors & hospitals?

    Just a afterthought, if a million people did in fact sign up, does that mean only 5 out of the 6 million people who lost their coverage are still uninsured? and what about the 30 million uninsured people the ACA was suppose to help?

    I realise I just have a high school diploma from back in the days before the "new math". Seems to me it would have been much cheaper and less of a strain on the healthcare system just to provide insurance for the 30 million people that didn't have insurance. JMHO

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 1:58 PM, TosaNomad wrote:

    This is not surprising.

    Two years ago I was temporarily unemployed and signed up for insurance for a high deductible plan for my entire family. It was inexpensive with a monthly cost of less than 240 dollars a month. It would pay for everything after 7500 dollars. So my max cost would be just over 10,000 a year but my actual cost was just over three thousand. This plan is now illegal if you want to sign up for it fresh. Obama is arrogant and insists he knows best and he takes away my freedom to choose this type of plan in the future.

    It scares me to death if I have to sign up for a plan if I get laid off in the future. The plans are vastly more expensive (several thousand in premiums) and with a higher potential out of pocket cost. The only things I see superior is that members get the added benefit of not paying for a yearly checkup and a percentage (not nearly all) of other early visits. And birth control is covered (never was on any plan I was a member of--great that is 10 a month at Walmart--surely does make up for thousands.

    Why cannot people choose a high deductible plan anymore that pays for nothing until a few thousand are spent out of pocket? For most people this was the least expensive way to go. Let me put some money in an interest bearing account if you think I would be what Obama calls a freeloader to cover the few thousand. Why cannot people be left to make what for them is a rational decision?

    I was all for helping indigent people with health care but taking away peoples freedom to choose what is best for them is terrible and unforgivable. It is a horrible system and must be replaced.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 3:32 PM, Katie wrote:

    Obamacare is the Democrats self inflicted wound.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 3:55 PM, citizenderek wrote:

    I lived under a national health system and saw my father at 63 die waiting for an operation - I chose to move here in 1971 and live the way Americans did - Hard work, limited government compared with the UK and a country where the citizens did not bow to the elected officials but expected the politicians to work for them - I became a citizen and lived the American dream. Now it goes away because we were not racists and elected a black president - ignoring the fact he believed in socialism. Some of us still believe in free enterprise and limited welfare and we must fight for it or we are doomed to become a pathetic nation of people that want what others have instead of earning it!

    We were paying for those without insurance - although not perfect we could have expanded it as a service in the hospitals and separated from the ER. We didn't have to allow many to loose their coverage with which we were happy. We could have allowed Doctors etc to bill patients directly which would have cost less as they would need fewer back office staff whereas Insurers need to charge the cost plus their profit - then we could have simply bought catastrophe coverage - presently everyone's cost is about $6000- $8000 plus the deductible which is about $5000- 8000. Hopefully most people will not use up the deductible - that is why the HC SAVINGS PLAN made a lot of sense but then government would not be making as much from us!!

    My wife lost her insurance and we were able to buy hers through Humana at a little more than before - their website took about 20 minutes to complete the transaction and pay the first months premium - however we lose the tax saving of a savings account!

    Our health system was the best in the world and it took just a one sided group of politicians to approve something they never read and make it bad and we have seen nothing yet !!

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 5:05 PM, Vergudo wrote:

    Get ready to be blindsided by a barrage of new taxes. $1 trillion worth...

    They'll be coming courtesy of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

    And they won't just be affecting those who make over $250,000. The bulk of these taxes will be passed on directly to the middle class.

    That's because while a majority of these "stealth taxes" were designed to be taxes on businesses, they're actually transferred directly to ordinary citizens.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 6:01 PM, chesica wrote:

    Don't buy Obamacare unit Rep control the white house.

  • Report this Comment On December 31, 2013, at 7:56 PM, rdmcdonald48 wrote:

    Signing up for something is one thing - actually getting a policy in your hand is something else entirely.

    In addition to making the first installment payment on the premium, can these low income people that are taking advantage of the "bronze" coverage, going to be able to sustain that premium until the get their subsidy "credit".

    Remember, the subsidy is not cash in hand, so they still have to be able to meet the premium monthly, or the IRS will take it from them regardless of their other monthly obligations. I wonder how many people actually understand that is how this is going to work?

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 12:40 AM, AnitaDrink wrote:

    The only thing shocking about all of this is that it took the liberals so f'n long to figure out Obama is a lyin', criminal, alien SOB.

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 3:33 AM, shineridge wrote:

    The majority of Americans did NOT want OBIMBO Care. And, not ONE Republican in Congress voted for it. ONLY those COMMUNIST DemoCRAPS did. Obammy Care is COMMUNISM. Its TOTALITARIANISM !!!!!! Think about it. If you don't buy a health insurance plan, the IRS (Gestapo !!) will FINE you !!! This is pure NAZI GERMANY !!!!! HILE Obimbo !!!! Obimbo Care needs to be repealed and Obimbo needs to be IMPEACHED, and EVERY DAMNED DemoSH*T needs to be VOTED OUT in Nov !!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On January 01, 2014, at 7:31 PM, PesoBob wrote:

    Fully enjoyed reading through all the comments here.

  • Report this Comment On January 02, 2014, at 6:55 PM, 092326 wrote:

    I do not believe that Morgan Housel and some of the other writers for the Motley Fool are always objective in their presentations.

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