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Behind The Mic With Joe Mathieu: People Who Don’t Need Obamacare Fear Impact

By Joe Mathieu, WBZ NewsRadio 1030
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BOSTON (CBS) – There has been no shortage of health care polls this year but the latest from the Associated Press-GFK is making news because of who it asked and when it asked them.

It specifically looks at people who have health coverage and are not looking to change it. And the survey was conducted in early December, after the initial uproar over tech glitches at HealthCare.gov.

The poll finds three in four of these people think the rollout of Obamacare has gone poorly.

And nearly half of those who get insurance through their job or have other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year – and changing for the worse.

Four out of five blame those changes on the Affordable Care Act. Even in cases where it may not be the cause.

Remember these are the people who are supposed to be unaffected by health care reform, reminding us that even if President Obama does not have a policy problem he still has a perception problem.

And that could become a much bigger deal in 2014. Mid-term races will get underway in earnest next month and this issue will loom large.

Shades of 2010 when the health care debate helped to send Scott Brown to Washington?

That’s the great fear among Democratic strategists.

However, this poll shows that Democrats still have a ten-percentage point lead on Republicans when it comes to who the public trusts to handle health care.

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