MORE BAD OBAMACARE POLL NEWS FOR THE DEMOCRATS
MORE BAD OBAMACARE POLL NEWS FOR THE DEMOCRATS: AP-GfK poll: Health law seen as eroding coverage.
1. Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly.
An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that health care remains politically charged going into next year’s congressional elections. Keeping the refurbished HealthCare.gov website running smoothly is just one of Obama’s challenges, maybe not the biggest.
The poll found a striking level of unease about the law among people who have health insurance and aren’t looking for any more government help. Those are the 85 percent of Americans who the White House says don’t have to be worried about the president’s historic push to expand coverage for the uninsured.
In the survey, nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year — mostly for the worse. Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act. . . . Disapproval of Obama’s handling of health care topped 60 percent in the poll.
The collective “gulp” you just heard came from the Democratic Caucus. . . . And remember, ObamaCare isn’t even popular with the uninsured.
2. TRAIN WRECK UPDATE: ObamaCare: Connecticut’s Epic Fail. “More than 2,400 Connecticut customers who bought health plans on Access Health CT were given incorrect information about their insurance plans, in one case underestimating the maximum out-of-pocket by at least $4,000.”
3. GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE: Public Confidence in Britain’s NHS At Record Low. “Three damning reports last night laid bare the crisis in NHS hospitals, maternity units and GP surgeries. One investigation revealed that a quarter of new mothers were abandoned by their midwives during labour, with some left to give birth on the floor or in corridors. The second found that mistakes deemed so serious they should never happen are being made in hospitals five times a week. And the third survey said thousands of patients have all but given up trying to secure appointments with their family doctor.”