Gallup: 60 Percent of Americans Say Obamacare Will Make Things Worse for Taxpayers, Businesses

By Pete Winn | July 16, 2012 | 1:48pm EDT

Supporters of health care reform rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, as the court heard arguments on the health care law.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( - A new survey from Gallup finds that 60 percent of Americans say Obamacare will actually make things worse for taxpayers.

Another 57 percent say it will make things worse for businesses by increasing costs and adding bureaucracy.

Nearly half of all Americans also told Gallup they believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will make things worse for doctors (51 percent), for people who already have health insurance (46 percent) and for hospitals (45 percent).

In fact, 42 percent said the health-reform law will make things worse for themselves (“for you, personally”) – while only 38 percent predicted it will make things better.

Only 30 percent said that the health-care law will help taxpayers – with 3 percent expecting there to be no change because of the health-care reform law and 8 percent expressing no opinion.

Similarly, only 37 percent think doctors will be better off under Obamacare and just 33 percent said the Affordable Care Act will make things better for businesses – while only 36 percent think it will make things better for people with health insurance.

Meanwhile, 45 percent thought hospitals would be better off, 55 percent said it would make things better for “people who get sick,” and 59 percent said they thought the law would make things better for “people who do not already have health insurance.”

The results of the Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted July 9-12,  with a random sample of 1,004 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Based on the total sample of national adults, the sampling error was plus-or-minus 4 percentage points with 95 percent confidence, according to Gallup.

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