11/12/2013

American voters say 52 – 44 percent that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, but they don't think that Obama knowingly deceived them on keeping their insurance plans

For the first time, the Quinnipiac Poll finds that most Americans don't view Obama as honest.  The surprising thing to me is that most people view Obama as dishonest, but they don't believe him as being deceptive about whether people could keep their health insurance if they are happy with it.  I don't understand why most people don't believe that Obama was deceiving them on keeping their insurance.  For example, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer has acknowledged:
"We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage."
Here is something from CNBC:
Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, "40 to 67 percent" of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, "the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range."  
That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.
Yet President Obama, who had promised in 2009, "if you like your health plan, you will be able to keep your health plan," was still saying in 2012, "If [you] already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.". . .
Megan Kelly has a very powerful discussion available here.

So is it only that Americans haven't followed the evidence here?  From Quinnipiac University Poll (November 12, 2013):
For the first time today, American voters say 52 – 44 percent that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. His previous lowest marks on honesty were May 30, when 49 percent of voters said he was honest and 47 percent said he wasn’t. . . .
Only 19 percent of American voters say the quality of care they and their families receive will improve in the next year because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while 43 percent say it will get worse and 33 percent say ACA won’t affect their health care.  
Voters oppose the ACA 55 – 39 percent, with men opposed 59 – 37 percent and women opposed 51 – 41 percent.  
American voters are divided 46 – 47 percent on whether Obama “knowingly deceived” the public when he said people could keep their existing health insurance plans if they wished.  
Voters also support 73 – 20 percent extending the March 31, 2014 deadline for signing up for coverage without facing a penalty.  
“President Obama’s misstatement, ‘If you like your health plan, you can keep it,’ left a bad taste with a lot of people. Nearly half of the voters, 46 percent, think he knowingly deceived them,” Malloy said. . . .


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