ITUP’s Summary of The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Findings
|April 21, 2015||Posted by Lucien Wulsin under Blog||
- About 43% like the ACA and 42% dislike it. 75% of Republicans dislike it and 70% of Democrats like it. Independents are evenly split.
- Only 8% knew the ACA is costing less than projected.
- 19% say the law has helped them and 22% say it hurt them.
- 29% say the law should be repealed; 46% say it should be expanded or implemented as is, and 12% say it should be scaled back,
- Priorities for the President and Congress
- Making high cost drugs for chronic conditions more affordable (76%)
- Reduce the costs of prescription drugs (60%)
- Protecting people from high provider prices (56%)
- Assuring sufficient provider networks (55%)
- Transparency of provider prices (54%)
- Transparency of provider quality (54%)
- Improving eligibility rules so more people can be helped (50%)
- Requiring all states to expand their Medicaid programs (50%)
- Repealing the employer mandate (39%)
- Repealing the individual mandate (37%)
- Repealing the entire law (36%)
- Reducing the number of people who get help (28%)
- Only about 30% reported seeing any information comparing plan and provider prices and only 20% have seen this information on plan and provider quality
- 2/3rds say it is difficult to find out what medical care will cost
- Most (73%) of the uninsured do not believe they can pay for usual medical costs and nearly all (92%) do not believe they can pay for the costs of a major illness
- A third of the insured say it is difficult to pay their deductible, 28% say it is difficult to pay their premiums and a quarter say it is difficult to pay their copays
- A quarter of the insured believe health costs have gone up a lot, and 60-70% believe their premiums and out of pocket have held steady or gone up a little.
Post-ACA, public opinion continues to be divided.