Poll: Only about 1 in 4 wants Trump to re­peal health law

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Only about 1 in 4 peo­ple in the United States wants Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump to en­tirely re­peal his pre­de­ces­sor’s health care law that ex­tended cov­er­age to mil­lions, ac­cord­ing to a poll.

The post­elec­tion sur­vey re­leased Thurs­day by the non­par­ti­san Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion also found hints of a prag­matic shift among some Repub­li­can foes of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s law.

While 52 per­cent of Repub­li­cans say they want the law com­pletely re­pealed, that share is down from 69 per­cent just last month, be­fore the elec­tion. More Repub­li­cans now say they want the law “scaled back” un­der Trump and the Repub­li­can-con­trolled, with that share more than dou­bling from 11 per­cent be­fore the Nov. 8 elec­tion to 24 per­cent af­ter.

Kaiser CEO Drew Alt­man said the foun­da­tion’s polling ex­perts aren’t quite sure what to make of that find­ing. The or­ga­ni­za­tion is a clear­ing­house for in­for­ma­tion and anal­y­sis about the health care sys­tem.

It could be that some Repub­li­cans “got a protest vote off their chests, and they’re done with that,” Alt­man said. “They now have a more moder­ate po­si­tion.”

Trump called the Af­ford­able Care Act a “dis­as­ter” dur­ing an elec­tion cam­paign that saw big pre­mium in­creases an­nounced in its clos­ing days. Af­ter the vote, Trump has been say­ing he’d like to keep parts of the law.

With open en­roll­ment un­der­way, no changes are ex­pected next year for the more than 10 mil­lion peo­ple cur­rently cov­ered through Health­Care.gov and state mar­kets that of­fer sub­si­dized pri­vate in­surance. An ad­di­tional es­ti­mated 9 mil­lion low­in­come peo­ple cov­ered by Med­i­caid in states that ex­panded the pro­gram are also safe for now.

Health­Care.gov sign-ups are run­ning a lit­tle higher than last year - 2.1 mil­lion through last Satur­day, as com­pared with about 2 mil­lion. But the share of new cus­tomers is down, 24 per­cent this year ver­sus 35 per­cent last year at about the same time. The mar­kets need an in­flux of younger, health­ier con­sumers to help keep pre­mi­ums in check.

On Capi­tol Hill, Repub­li­can lead­ers want to quickly re­peal the law be­fore an in­ter­lude and segue to a re­place­ment. That ap­proach car­ries politi­cal risk be­cause the re­place­ment leg­is­la­tion could bog down and there’s no guar­an­tee of suc­cess. The un­cer­tainty could dis­rupt cov­er­age for mil­lions by desta­bi­liz­ing frag­ile in­surance mar­kets.

The poll found some skep­ti­cism about that ap­proach. Forty-two per­cent of those who want the 2010 law re­pealed said law­mak­ers should wait un­til they fig­ure out the de­tails of a re­place­ment plan be­fore do­ing so.

Over­all, 30 per­cent said the new pres­i­dent and Congress should ex­pand what the law does, and 19 per­cent said it should be im­ple­mented as is. On the other side, 26 per­cent said the law should be en­tirely re­pealed and 17 per­cent called for it to be scaled back.

Among Trump vot­ers, 8 in 10 viewed the health care law un­fa­vor­ably, and half wanted it en­tirely re­pealed.

As Repub­li­cans start to make changes in health care, po­ten­tially re­vamp­ing Medi­care and Med­i­caid as well, the pol­i­tics of the is­sue could turn against them, Alt­man said. “They are go­ing to go from cast­ing stones to own­ing the prob­lem,” he said.

The poll found ma­jori­ties across party lines sup­port many of the health care law’s pro­vi­sions, but not its re­quire­ment that in­di­vid­u­als have cov­er­age or risk fines, and its man­date that medium-to-large em­ploy­ers pay fines if they don’t of­fer health in­surance.

Among the pro­vi­sions with sup­port across party lines:

• Al­low­ing young adults to stay on a par­ent’s in­surance un­til age 26.

• No co­pay­ments for many pre­ven­tive ser­vices.

• Clos­ing the Medi­care pre­scrip­tion drug cov­er­age gap known as the “dough­nut hole.”

• Fi­nan­cial help for low- and mod­er­atein­come peo­ple to pay their in­surance pre­mi­ums.

• A state op­tion to ex­pand Med­i­caid to cover more low-income adults.

• Bar­ring in­surance com­pa­nies from deny­ing cov­er­age be­cause of a per­son’s med­i­cal his­tory.

• In­creased Medi­care pay­roll taxes for up­per-income earn­ers.

The tele­phone poll was con­ducted from Nov. 15-21 among a na­tion­ally rep­re­sen­ta­tive ran­dom digit dial sam­ple of 1,202 adults, in­clud­ing peo­ple reached by land­lines and cell­phones. The mar­gin of sam­pling er­ror is plus or mi­nus 3 per­cent­age points for the full sam­ple. For sub­groups, the mar­gin of sam­pling er­ror may be higher.

— AP

WASH­ING­TON: In this Oct 24, 2016, file photo, the Health­Care.gov 2017 web site home page.

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