Americans Want to Improve, Not Repeal, Obamacare

The Kaiser Family Foundation 2/25/16 Newsletter reports on the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, which finds the “public as divided as the remaining presidential candidates over their vision for the future of the nation’s health care system.”

“When asked to choose among four broad approaches for changing the health care system currently being discussed, the largest share (36%) say lawmakers should build on the Affordable Care Act to improve affordability and access to care, while fewer choose establishing guaranteed coverage through a single government plan (24%), repealing the ACA and not replacing it (16%), or repealing the law and replacing it with a Republican alternative (13%).”

Figure 2: Views of the Future of the U.S. Health Care System

“The survey also finds that the words to describe such a plan clearly affect how people view it … When asked directly about “guaranteed health insurance coverage in which all Americans would get their insurance through a single government health plan,” the poll finds half (50%) in favor and 43 percent opposed. Majorities of Democrats (70%) and independents (54%) support the concept, while few Republicans (20%) do.”

“The poll also finds the public’s view of the ACA largely stable so far this year, with 46 percent holding an unfavorable view of the law and 41 percent holding a favorable view.”

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