Analysts at the Commonwealth Fund commissioned a polling firm to interview 4,881 U.S. adults ages 19 to 64 earlier this spring, then compared the results with results from a second survey conducted from April 2014 to June 2014, after the end of the first PPACA open enrollment period, and a third survey conducted from July 2013 to September 2013, before the first open enrollment began.
The fund analysts use the latest survey results to make the case that working-age adults who have Medicaid coverage or public exchange qualified health plan (QHP) coverage as a result of PPACA generally like their coverage and are getting access to care comparable to what other working-age adults have.
The survey results themselves have no party labels or opinions about PPACA. Whether you love the exchange or live to destroy it, you may be able to use the survey data to support your own health insurance or health-related marketing efforts.
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For a taste of the information in the survey report, read on.
1. The need for health insurance (often) transcends politics.
Few consumers have the financial means and determination to tie major financial decisions to politics.
Even many Americans who feel terror about the state of the U.S. entitlement programs, they may continue to pay Medicare and Social Security payroll taxes, sign up for benefits when the time comes, and hope for the best.
The same is true in the health insurance benefits industry.
Republicans are a little less likely than other Americans to have exchange QHP coverage, but not that much less likely.
Adults who identified themselves as Republicans made up 18 percent of the survey sample, and 14 percent of the survey participants who had exchange QHP coverage.
2. Higher income consumers may be having more trouble in PPACA World than lower-income consumers.
Earlier surveys have found signs that the kinds of consumers who make obvious prospects for agents and consumers — higher-income consumers — are getting less help from the PPACA system with paying for health coverage than lower-income consumers are, and the Commonwealth Fund survey supports that conclusion.