Many people who say they support repeal of the Affordable Care Act seem to like a majority of the act’s provisions.
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, Calif., found evidence of a disconnect between what people think they think about the act and what they really think from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, when it organized a poll of 1,502 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, including 1,017 adults who said they had voted in the mid-term elections.
Only 17% of the mid-term voters said health care was the most important factor they considered when they voted. Jobs and the economy, party preference and the candidates’ views all ranked higher than health care, Kaiser says.
When Kaiser looked at the 17% of voters who identified health care as the top voting factor, it found that 59% chose a Republican candidate for Congress, and 56% said they had a “very unfavorable” view of the health system change law.
About 40% of all voters Kaiser polled want to see the law expanded or left as is; 25% want two parts of the law repealed; and 24% said they want to have the entire law repealed.
But Kaiser also asked survey participants about 6 specific provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the legislative package that includes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) – and it found that even a majority of mid-term voters who said they want the entire package repealed support 4 of the
The 6 provisions tested included a small business health insurance tax credit; elimination of the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan “donut hole” benefits gap; a health insurance purchase subsidy for low-income people; a ban on insurers denying health coverage based on health status; an increase in the Medicare payroll tax for high-income Americans; and a requirement that individuals buy health insurance.
Democrats who said they like the Affordable Care Act, survey participants who want to repeal parts of the bill, and participants who said they want the whole bill repealed all said they like the small business tax credit, the donut hole elimination provision, the ban on use of health status information in considering health insurance applications, and the health insurance purchase subsidies.
Survey participants in all 3 groups said they hate the individual health insurance ownership mandates.
Participants who like the Affordable Care Act and participants who said they want parts repealed are willing to accept the increase in the Medicare payroll tax for high-income Americans; participants who want the entire bill repealed object to that provision, Kaiser says.