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Support for Obamacare dips to record low as deadline looms

English.news.cn   2013-12-24 03:12:29            

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Support for U.S. President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul slid further in the past month to an all-time low, as the enrollment deadline looms, showed a CNN/ORC International survey released on Monday.

The latest national poll found that now just 35 percent of Americans say they support the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, 5 percentage points down from less than a month ago, while 62 percent of the polled say they oppose the healthcare overhaul, 4 percentage points up from late November.

Nearly all the newfound opposition to Obamacare comes from women, which rises from 54 percent in late November to 60 percent now, while opposition remained almost unchanged among men, the poll indicated.

"That's bad news for an administration that is reaching out to moms across the country in an effort to make Obama care a success, " said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Sixty-three percent of the public say they believe the healthcare law will increase their spending for medical care, while 42 percent believe they will be personally worse off under Obamacare.

The record-low support also indicates the implementation of the healthcare law could continue to be troubling to the Obama administration in the upcoming year of 2014.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International on Dec. 16- 19, with 1,035 adults nationwide questioned by phone.

The results of the poll were released almost three months following a disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website.

The Healthcare.gov, the federal on-line marketplace serving consumers in 36 states, is key to the healthcare law aiming to get more uninsured Americans coverage.

However, the website has been plagued with technical glitches since it was launched on Oct. 1. Many consumers have reported difficulties of signing up and getting enrolled. The Obama administration said on Dec. 1 that the technical team had already met its self-imposed deadline on Nov. 30 to make sure the website can handle "the vast majority of users."

Speaking at the year-end press conference on Friday, the president stressed that the enrollment number of the healthcare website has picked up pace in the past month, which brought the total number under Obamacare to more than 1 million.

Editor: yan
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