Today we are announcing the results of our debut SheByShe survey, “What Women Think About Obamacare.” A majority of women across the country, 68 percent, do not think Obamacare is good for the country. There are numerous reasons cited, but the dominant issue is the insurance purchase mandate. Thirty percent of women said the single, biggest problem with Obamacare is that the government is infringing on individual rights by forcing the purchase of health insurance. Eighteen percent believe Obamacare is costing the country too much money and will further hurt the economy, and 15 percent say it is increasing the cost of health care for too many people.
One respondent said about Obamacare, “I don't believe in forcing people to purchase something they do not necessarily need. I think that’s the root of all the problems that go along with Obamacare. It's simply unconstitutional.” Another said, “This will not fix a broken healthcare system. It will break America.”
Not All Women Are Negative
According to the survey, 25 percent of women don’t see any significant problems that make Obamacare bad for the country. A supporter said, “Health care should be a right not a privilege. Everyone should have equal access,” and another commented, “Too many people without health insurance. Over time it will bring healthcare costs down.”
Twenty percent of respondents said the leading benefit is providing insurance coverage to those with pre-existing conditions while 19 percent think the number one benefit is that it provides coverage to those who have not been able to afford it.
There are many more interesting survey findings and you can find them all here. And, we collected hundreds of comments from survey participants. Many are personal anecdotes, expressed with colorful emotion and passion. All can be found at here, here and here.
The Obamacare survey was conducted in November 2013 and elicited responses from 602 U.S. women age 25 and over, at a 95% confidence level, ± 4%.