Survey Says….

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is more popular than ever and health care costs are a hot topic for voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Those two bits of news come from a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.

From the Washington Examiner:

Obamacare has the support of 54 percent of the public, the highest percentage ever reported from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll has been conducted more than 80 times since 2010, when Obamacare formally went into effect. It measures public attitudes toward the law and last month found support was at 50 percent. The highest unfavorable rating was of 53 percent, a measure reported in July 2014, shortly after the healthcare.gov site faced a troubled rollout.

According to the Washington Times, “Independents are increasingly coming around to the law, boosting its number and joining Democrats who have always been fairly enthusiastic. Republicans remain generally opposed. The findings underscore the potential peril facing Obamacare’s detractors in the midterm elections.”
However, TheHill.com pointed out, “Nearly eight in ten Republicans still have an unfavorable view of the law.”
Newsmax.com added several of the key findings in the recent survey including:
  • 22 percent say the cost of healthcare is the top healthcare related issue voters want to hear candidates discuss as the midterm elections approach.
  • 74 percent have a favorable view of Medicaid, compared to 21 percent who do not.
  • 52 percent say Medicaid is working well for most low-income people, compared to 32 percent who disagree.
  • 66 percent say Medicaid should be available to low-income people for as long as they qualify, while 33 percent should it should be available for a limited amount of time.

TalkingPointsMemo.com wrote

Furthermore, the survey found, health care is a top issue for voters headed into the 2018 midterm elections—particularly the rising cost of health care. Among registered voters in battlegrounds states, far more people said they wanted to hear candidates talk about health care costs than further attempts to repeal the ACA.

The findings are likely to motivate the health care advocacy groups planning to target Republican lawmakers in 2018 races for their vote to repeal the ACA’s mandate, which is set to raise health insurance premiums nearly 20 percent per year for people in Obamacare’s individual market.

Share your thoughts on this new poll and whether you believe health and health care will be at the center of many debates as we head into the heart of the upcoming midterm elections. We’d also love to hear why you believe the favorable rating for the ACA is at its highest level since the law was enacted in 2010. Generating meaningful conversations around the health issues making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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