Obamacare is opposed by 53 percent of Americans who lack health insurance, the very group that stands to benefit most from President Barack Obama's signature domestic initiative, according to a new New York Times/CBS News poll.
The survey shows that skepticism and confusion about the Affordable Care Act still exists among the public despite the improvements in the official Web site where people can sign up for health insurance plans, and 53 percent of both insured and uninsured people think the ACA needs to be changed, while 37 percent are asking for it to be repealed.
The figures in the poll - which is based on telephone interviews with 1,000 adults on Dec. 5-8, 2013, and with 702 uninsured adults between Dec. 4-15 - come as the White House plans to release a report on the advances in health care reform and the cost of the possible repeal of the ACA Republicans are demanding.
The Obama administration has been redoubling its efforts over the past few weeks to convince Americans of the advantages of the law, to which White House press secretary Jay Carney has been devoting his initial comments at his daily press conferences.
However, the figures in the survey are not promising: less than 25 percent of the people who do not have health insurance feel that Obamacare will improve their medical care and 30 percent claim that their health care will be worse in quality.
The survey highlights that both the general lack of understanding about the new law and the technical problems the insurance plan sign-up Web page has experienced since its rollout on Oct. 1 are the causes of the skepticism among the uninsured. EFE