57% of Americans Support Repeal of Obamacare

May 08, 2011

A new survey by Rasmussen shows that Americans remain overwhelmingly in favor of repealing the President's takeover of healthcare, which became law last year.

The telephone survey shows that 57% of likely U.S. voters support repealing the 2000 page bill. Only 36% oppose repealing it. This is the largest bump in support of the repeal effort since the President signed the bill in March of 2010.

Currently, 87% of Republicans support repeal, as well as 56% of unaffiliated voters. Even 40% of Democrats want it repealed!

Large portions of the law have not even taken effect yet. Most portions of the bill that are vehemently opposed by voters - especially forcing people to buy coverage or face a penalty - don't take effect until 2014, conveniently after the President's re-election campaign.

One big hurdle for Obamacare is that most Americans are happy with their current health insurance. That same Rasmussen survey shows that 77% who have health insurance would rate it good or excellent. The only thing that has changed since Obamacare became law was the rise in premium costs. Current healthcare recipients have not seen significant changes to their actual plan.

As more and more Americans discover what is actually in the bill, the less they like it.

It was rushed through legislation, but the most obvious and detrimental effects of the bill won't be felt until President Obama gets a chance at re-election.

In 2014: subsidies will be provided for people making up to $88,000 a year to purchase health insurance; employers will be forced to provide health insurance for their employees or pay a fine and; Americans will be forced to find health insurance or pay a fine. All of that adds up to increased costs.

In 2018: A 40% excise tax will be imposed on high-end or "Cadillac" health insurance plans.

Rasmussen reports that only once has the survey shown less than half of likely voters opposing repeal (and that instance was probably nothing more than a statistical anomaly). This is yet another clear sign to Congress that they should continue to push for full repeal.