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Yes, but it does not do enough. While its a closer step to a more fair form of healthcare, there needs to be universal healthcare, prices of medications need to come down, and there needs to be a better urging of support for those who may need psychological care for it is still highly stigmatized. 1yr ago from a Green in San Ysidro, CA.
I believe the health care system is in need of reform, but the Affordable Care Act puts the insurance business and the federal beurocracy in front of the patient/doctor relationship. There must be something done regarding coverage for pre existing conditions, and an affordable policy for the poor, but the current plan is neither affordable nor efficient. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Coyote, CA.
Yes and No - no one should be denied coverage due to pre-existing condition, but there should be a limit to how much an insurance company can charge based on the condition. Kids staying on parents insurance until 26 is good. Being able to sign-up across state lines is also good. The mandatory aspect will put people in financial hardship. Forcing companies to cover all employees will lead to lay offs. Keep the pieces i mentioned, drop the rest. Also, all gov't employees including congressmen/women and senators, president, etc should be required to be on same plans as the rest of us and not have some premo plan that the rest of us can't get. Any mandatory plan should have no exceptions including as mentioned, gov't employees all the way to the president have to be on same one. That is fair and equal. 1yr ago from a Republican in Glendora, CA.
The government needs to step in and force hospitals to stop gouging consumers, if the hospital wasnt so overpriced no one would really need good insurance. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Santa Barbara, CA.
Get the damn Insurance companies out of the MEDICAL Business. Let the Govmnt run it period this is why Medical is so high. Each state and each Ins Company has EXEC in each state and pay them big Bucks MILLIONS per year that is why Med INS and Medical coat are so high and expensive in the U S A>!!!! This is not a Corp area of business... this is human lives!!!. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Camarillo, CA.
Obamacare has been an abject failure foisted upon a bewildered public. However, changes to health insurance, and the healthcare industry are necessary for the good of the republic. Is Obamacare shameful exercise in incompetence, and graft on a massive scale? Yes. Do we need some of the changes it has made? Yes. Is it an unfixable mess? Maybe. 1yr ago from a Republican in Pleasant Hill, CA.
No, I think we need to allow the free market to decide this. I also think that we shouldn't allow insurers to cover anything other than catastrophic care and prescription drugs, let the actual hospitals and other providers of medical goods decide the pricing and such. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Apple Valley, CA.
Eliminate the insurance companies! One does not mandate one into a broken system. Reform first. We've all seen the callous actions of those at the top of the pyramid in terms of lack of empathy and compassion for those that they serve, patients, not share holders. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Fort Bragg, CA.
I don't support health care, I think humans should let their own natural immune systems fight colds and viruses, with the help of some MINOR over the counter medications or natural remedies. If their immune system fails and they die, they should just accept their death as a natural occurrence. Also, doctors in America are pure capitalists, if you are truly concerned about your health stay far away from American medicine because it is a for profit industry. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Laguna Hills, CA.
No. Healthcare worked in the past and became screwed-up proportional to government involvement. In the end, the ACA will become a federal Medicaid serving the bottom with free care while the rest of us pay for it. 1yr ago from a Republican in La Puente, CA.
No, but I also don't support Medicare and Medicaid which drives up costs. However, the government should provide basic "life or death emergency only" insurance coverage to everyone- which could be paid for in a similar manner as Obamacare is being paid for. All coverage above basic "life or death emergency only" coverage should be the responsibility of the individual. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Carlsbad, CA.
Universal healthcare would have been better, but I support the ACA for the most part since it was all that would pass. It could be improved. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Piedmont, CA.
Universal Health Care is a mark of a civilized nation and practiced worldwide. Health Care should be a right not a luxury. Insurance companies should be removed from the equation. 1yr ago from a Green in Brisbane, CA.
No, government should not be managing the market. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Yorba Linda, CA.
I think some of the things they did were good but you cannot have standardized healthcare until you actually regulate the healthcare industry itself including standardizing pricing across the country. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Yucaipa, CA.
No, open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and drive down costs, I support parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 1yr ago from a Republican in Concord, CA.
No Mr. Obama did not make it affordable. It is way over priced for that a person / family gets. Health care cost are out of control in this country; I don't have the answer but I am sure that the Affordavle Care act is also not the answer. 1yr ago from a Republican in Sacramento, CA.
Universal healthcare is preferable, but I appreciate a lot of the change Obamacare has done. 1yr ago from a Green in Signal Hill, CA.
The bill has taken steps in the right direction but will do more harm than good as it is currently written. 1yr ago from a Republican in Santee, CA.
I support the ACA only because there currently is no alternative. Would like to see a Single Payer system implemented. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Auburn, CA.
More closer to MA under Romney. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Los Altos, CA.
Everyone should have health insurance but Obamacare was not well-thought out. Maybe we should model our healthcare coverage after UK or Germany's. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Eureka, CA.
I believe it's a good idea, but the Act is worded poorly and needs to fully realize its implications. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Norco, CA.
Not entirely, instead, legislation should be enacted so that prices of heath care are very affordable, but the medical profession will be compensated by receiving free healthcare for them and their families. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Santa Maria, CA.
No, I support a socialized, universal single-payer system. 1yr ago from a Green in La Jolla, CA.
I'm a bit conflicted -- on one hand, it would be nice to try free markets, but on the other hand we haven't had a free medical industry in this country for over a hundred years. We've had a century of intense government regulations distorting the industry, and trying to roll it all back would introduce too change for most people to handle. By comparison, the ACA is a minor tweak on top of the existing system, and might actually improve the situation for many citizens. We won't know until it's run for a while, and I'm willing to let it run and see where things go. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Sebastopol, CA.
Economists and medical professionals have repeatedly reported that while the U.S. healthcare system is comparable in quality to other industrialized nations, we are not getting more for the money we pay. Additionally, we have reduced access. In a nutshell, we are one of the only (if not the only) industrialized nation(s) to not provide universal healthcare, yet we are on average 2-3 times more expensive. The closest nation by expenditures per capita is Norway, at 2/3 of our cost (and again, a universal provider). I love the idea of Obamacare, but is inherently flawed. We need a universal healthcare system, but this is not it. by the way: the idea of a federally managed healthcare system has been around since the 1960s (V. Fuchs). 1yr ago from a Democrat in Modesto, CA.
I fully support the Affordable Care Act. For myself, I will finally have good affordable insurance as opposed to the poor policy I had that provided virtually nothing, but caused my bills to skyrocket. There needs to be improvements to the law. I would suggest having a cost control mechanism in place. Also, so-called "Cadillac plans" should not be phased out. I would raise the subsidy levels because many people in the $50K salary range will have a difficult time paying for the premiums. Personally, I would support a single-payer system, similar to what is available in France. Canada's system would be a good first step. In any event, no American should ever have their financial well-being threatened by healthcare bills, and this could also be prevented by creating a "medical bankruptcy" law that allows people to discharge in any given year all of their medical bills without it ever affecting their credit rating. 1yr ago from a Green in La Mesa, CA.
Yes, I support a majority of the plan but not all aspects. There absolutely needs to be insurance reform in conjunction with it. Individuals should pay a MODEST flat fee annually, based upon age, for basic, required coverage. Insurance companies should NOT be allowed to make a profit on these plans. Insurance companies may then be allowed to offer supplemental plans on which they may profit. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Galt, CA.
HC industry needs a major overhaul including tort reform. Fix the individual insurance market so individuals have access to the same insurance coverage/costs that employees in groups enjoy. No exemptions - everyone s/b subject to the same HC laws, policies and costs. 1yr ago from a Republican in San Diego, CA.
I feel like the insurance companies ARE the problem. Go after them and hold THEM accountable for the inadequacies in the health care system. There is no reason for medical care to cost so much. The FDA position of raising the cost of prescription pain meds and making them MORE difficult for people who really need them to get them to allegedly stop pain pill abuse penalizes the wrong people. Drug abusers already break the law to get them. Most old or handicapped people are accountable for every pill they are prescribed and take. It is bad enough to just bad enough to need them. Now they are unaffordable and more difficult for us who need them to get them, and tho make us feel like dope addicts too. ridiculous. And it isn't about control AT all. It is about money. as always. 1yr ago from a Republican in Galt, CA.
No, the entire thing is a joke. Shoving ridiculous insurance requirements down the public's throat. If we are required to pay for it then all of congress and politician's should be required to pay as well. 1yr ago from a Republican in Palmdale, CA.
No, institute a mandatory single payer system that covers preventive and treatment of problems while allowing private plans to cover optional/selective and cosmetic options. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Foster City, CA.
I support of of the laws requirement such as allowing people with pre-exisiting conditions to sing-up for health care, I think having exchanges allows people more choices, allowing families if needed to keep their children on their plans is a good thing. We have lost a big part of the middle after the past recession and they need he;lp with health care. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Brisbane, CA.
A single payer option is best. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Universal City, CA.
Yes, and demand stricter, longer-term vetting of pharmaceutical studies. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Sunnyvale, CA.
I support the ideal that everyone should have healthcare but you have to be lacking in intelligence to not see that the consequence of this legislature has had a negative impact on the monthly bills for a lot of middle class up families as individual providers have raised their prices significantly for healthy subscribers. That said, those previous locked out should be allowed in but don't call it "affordable" when it made healthcare more expensive for so many people. It should be up to the individual to determine what is affordable. 1yr ago from a Green in Cardiff By The Sea, CA.
The ACA is a flawed plan. The reason is because it was watered down by its opponents so much so, that it cannot do nearly as much for people as it could have. Regardless, I support it and hope in the future the pathetic health care system we have can be improved. 1yr ago from a Green in Palo Alto, CA.
Yes as long as those who did not come to this country legally do not benefit. Scandinavia, etc could not have their programs with a large load of benefactors who do not contribute to the system. 1yr ago from a Republican in San Francisco, CA.
No. Repeal the entire law. Do tort reform. Make medical insurance available across state lines. Encourage research and development of medicines and medical devices. 1yr ago from a Republican in Los Alamitos, CA.
There are many good things in the law, but I fear it will end up being much less effective and efficient than promised. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Los Angeles, CA.
No, states should regulate patient/consumer protection for all insurances mandating required expenses paid back to consumer. 1yr ago from a Republican in Palm Springs, CA.
The plan doesn't do anything to address costs, and the plan as is is only a boon to big pharma and insurance companies. I would be surprised if premiums fall under current plan. Single payer would be a better way to go. 1yr ago from a Green in Emeryville, CA.
If the government REALLY wants to reform health care in the country, it should follow the example of countries like the U.K. by taking complete controll of the health system -- removing insurance companies and pharmicutical companies from the equation all together. 1yr ago from a Green in Coronado, CA.
No, open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and drive down costs, help fund medical school for doctors who stay in primary care for at least 10 years, and make anyone receiving government medical care pay a 10% copay on routine visits and medications. 1yr ago from a Republican in Paradise, CA.
No. Replace with a system that removes the government and taxes from medical care, but regulates medical providers and health insurance companies. Create an efficient system that insures all Americans, using competition. 1yr ago from a Republican in Grand Terrace, CA.
No. I support a single payer system like Canada or the UK. Obamacare is written in the interest of insurance companies. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Casmalia, CA.
It's a very confusing program that seems to cost more with less benefits. A big financial burden on the poor and middle class. 2yr ago from a Republican in Santa Barbara, CA.