Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Future Directions for the ACA and Medicaid

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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Future Directions for the ACA and Medicaid

Post by Brian on Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:37 am

Feb 24, 2017 | Ashley Kirzinger, Elise Sugarman, and Mollyann Brodie


  • The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds attitudes towards the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have shifted with a larger share reporting a favorable opinion towards the law (48 percent) than reporting an unfavorable opinion (42 percent). This is the highest level of favorability of the ACA measured in more than 60 Kaiser Health Tracking Polls since 2010 and is largely driven by a change in the views of independents, among which 50 percent now view the law favorably.
  • Despite this shift in overall favorability, the public remains divided on what they would like lawmakers to do when it comes to the 2010 health care law with 47 percent wanting lawmakers to vote to repeal the law compared to 48 percent who say they should not vote to repeal it. Of those who want to see Congress vote to repeal the law, a larger share say they want lawmakers to wait to vote to repeal the law until the details of a replacement plan have been announced (28 percent) than say Congress should vote to repeal the law immediately and work out the details of a replacement plan later (18 percent).
  • Republican lawmakers have also discussed possible changes to Medicaid – to either a per capita allotment program or to giving states the option to receive federal Medicaid funding in the form of a block grant. When examining these two proposed changes to Medicaid, more Americans (65 percent) would prefer to see Medicaid continue as it is today than either of the offered alternatives to the current federal funding structure.
  • The vast majority of Americans say it is either “very important” (55 percent) or “somewhat important” (29 percent) for ACA replacement plans to ensure that states that have received federal funds to expand Medicaid continue to receive those funds, with majorities of Democrats (95 percent), independents (84 percent), and Republicans (69 percent) saying it is important.

This study has a large amount of information. Read more at Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Future Directions for the ACA and Medicaid


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