Despite the recent passage of health care reform, discontent with the American health care system remains widespread, a new study finds.
Since health reform was enacted in March, and implementing regulations have yet to be fully issued, the impact of the law–the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA)–has yet to be felt, notes the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI), Washington, which commissioned the study by Mathew Greenwald & Associates.
Confidence in today’s health care system is not high but has neither fallen nor increased as a result of the passage of health reform, EBRI found in its 2010 Health Confidence Survey.
The survey found fewer individuals confident that employment-based health coverage will be available to them in the future, a sign that availability may be affected by passage of health reform. The survey also found most Americans do not know when the legislation takes full effect.
Most Americans give the health care system low grades, with 27% describing it as poor and 31% as fair, the study found.