U.S. residents think the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will do much more to help the uninsured than to encourage people to take better care of themselves.

Analysts at the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Washington, have reported that attitude in a summary of results from a Web-based survey of about 4,000 U.S. adults that was conducted in April.

Just 4% of the survey participants predicted that PPACA would encourage consumers to live healthier lives, and only 31% said they expect the law to simplify health care industry paperwork.

But 42% expect the law to reduce the cost of health insurance, and 56% said the law will increase access to coverage for people who are now uninsured.

In related survey news, eHealth Inc., Mountain View, Calif., polled users of its eHealthInsurance.com service and found that the 2,104 users who responded from September 2010 to February 2011 are a little less likely to have employer-sponsored coverage than users it polled a year earlier.

The percentage with employer-sponsored coverage fell to about 18% from 20%, and the percentage with private individual coverage or other private, non-employer-sponsored coverage increased 1.5 percentage points, to more than 30%.

- Allison Bell

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