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Californians Fearful of Obamacare's Cost, Economic Damage

By    |   Sunday, 10 Nov 2013 09:18 AM

Fifty percent of Californians support the Affordable Care Act – a larger proportion than the country at large – compared to 42 percent of state residents who oppose it, the Los Angeles Times reported.

But Drew Lieberman, of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, the Democratic firm that co-conducted the poll, said: "Fundamentally, Californians are viewing the Affordable Care Act as a mixed bag. They harbor real concerns about the potential negative impact on costs and the economy."

Ninety percent told pollsters they had been satisfied with the healthcare system as is. Sixty-seven percent expressed optimism that the law would prove beneficial to the state's seven million uninsured residents.

Forty-two percent said they didn't know enough about Obamacare. The figure was 50 percent among Latinos who comprise about half of the state's uninsured population.

Latinos supported Obamacare by a 2-1 margin while 44 percent of whites were in favor. Seventy-seven percent of Democrats backed the plan while 80 percent of Republicans opposed it.

Sixty-four percent anticipated longer waits to see doctors under the law. Sixty-seven percent believed more people would have access to healthcare. A majority worried the law will raise healthcare costs and that some people would be unable to afford the mandated coverage.

California is one of 14 states running its own insurance exchange.

The state has had a "pretty good rollout on its exchange compared to the national one but people here are still feeling the negative repercussions of higher costs and lost policies," according to David Kanevsky of American Viewpoint, the Republican firm that helped co-conduct the survey.

Some 1 million Californians have received cancellation notices from their insurers and will be required to purchase new policies.

According to Dan Schnur, who helped direct the poll, "Even Californians who are very strongly supportive of health care reform are very measured in their expectations of what its impact is going to be. If deep blue California is this lukewarm about the Affordable Care Act, that suggests very heavy sweater weather at the national level."

Related stories:

Reuters Poll: 56 Percent of Uninsured Oppose Obamacare
Gallup Poll: Obamacare Approval Rating Inches Up

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