Like a cancer, Obamacare, the President’s signature legislation, has been metastasizing throughout Americas healthcare system ever since it was passed in March 2013. As it intrudes into our lifestyle, this bill strangles every promise made to help it pass. The promise transferred to the political mortuary is that healthcare will be more affordable. According to a new CBS News poll, more Americans feel burdened by their healthcare costs than ever before.
Fifty-two percent of Americans say they find basic medical care affordable, but that’s down from 61 percent last December. Today, for 46 percent of Americans, paying for medical care is a hardship, up 10 points.
Similarly, just over half of Americans are at least somewhat satisfied with their health care costs, while 43 percent are dissatisfied.
Americans are feeling the cost of their health care. Fifty-two percent say the amount of money they pay for out-of-pocket health care costs — those not covered by insurance — has gone up over the past few years, including a third who say those costs have gone up a lot.
To be fair most of the people believe that costs are going up because they believe they are getting more expensive treatment as opposed to inflation, however unless they knew the price of the treatment before, they really have no idea whether or not it’s true.
Americans’ satisfaction with their healthcare is deteriorating. In Dec. 2013 just before their new Obamacare plans kicked in 81% of of the country were very or somewhat satisfied with the quality of their healthcare a year later that number fell to 69%. Today over a quarter of Americans (27%) are somewhat or very dissatisfied with the quality of their healthcare a jump of 13% from last year’s number.
As far as the Obamacare bill itself, although the bill remains unpopular, more Americans approve of the bill today than did last November, although the approval has has declined significantly in the past three months.
In 2009 and 2010 the progressives told America that the Affordable Care Act would reduce their healthcare financial burden and increase the quality of their care. According to this poll Americans aren’t feeling those promises are being kept.
Cross-posted at The Lid.