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ITUP’s Summary of The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Findings

Today the Kaiser Family Foundation released its Kaiser Health Tracking Poll on public views of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Some of the findings include:

    • 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    • 29% say the law should be repealed; 46% say it should be expanded or implemented as is, and 12% say it should be scaled back,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.

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