Kaiser poll: 51% of adults have un­fa­vor­able view of re­form law

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Pub­lic sup­port for the health­care re­form law is de­clin­ing, ac­cord­ing to a Kaiser Fam­ily Foun­da­tion poll. About half (51%) of the peo­ple sur­veyed had an un­fa­vor­able view of the statute, com­pared with a third (34%) hav­ing a fa­vor­able view—a low point in Kaiser polls since the law passed last year. The drop on fa­vor­a­bil­ity was “largely driven by wan­ing Demo­cratic en­thu­si­asm,” ac­cord­ing to a summary of the re­sults. Just 18% of re­spon­dents be­lieved they and their fam­i­lies would be bet­ter off un­der the law (down from 27% in Septem­ber), and 44% said the law won’t make much dif­fer­ence for them (up from 35% last month). The poll also tracked pub­lic opinion of the Mas­sachusetts health­care re­form law, which was signed by lead­ing Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mitt Rom­ney when he was the state’s gov­er­nor. Over­all, 74% of those sur­veyed said they did not know enough about the Mas­sachusetts law to form an opinion on it, while 11% held a fa­vor­able view and 12% took an un­fa­vor­able view of it. Seven in 10 re­ported they were un­able to say if the law is dif­fer­ent from the Af­ford­able Care Act. Kaiser con­ducted the sur­vey Oct. 13-18 among a na­tion­ally rep­re­sen­ta­tive ran­dom sam­ple of 1,223 adults ages 18 and older. re­duc­tion in one-day ad­mis­sions through the emer­gency room, ac­cord­ing to Com­mu­nity. Tenet’s law­suit, which is pend­ing in U.S. District Court in Dal­las, al­leges that Com­mu­nity’s ad­mis­sions cri­te­ria im­prop­erly boost ad­mis­sions for cases that should be out­pa­tient ob­ser­va­tion vis­its. The law­suit, re­lated lit­i­ga­tion and govern­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tions cost the com­pany $6.1 mil­lion in the quar­ter, be­fore taxes. The largest fac­tor in the ad­mis­sions de­cline, at 1.6 per­cent­age points, was the shift of sur­gi­cal cases from in­pa­tient to out­pa­tient. Other fac­tors in­clude weather, ser­vice clo­sures, fewer flu and ob­stet­ric cases and in­creased com­pe­ti­tion from neigh­bor­ing fa­cil­i­ties. De­spite the big drop in ad­mis­sions, Com­mu­nity re­ported a small in­crease in prof­its for the quar­ter, with net in­come of $74.3 mil­lion vs. $70.4 mil­lion in net in­come for the third quar­ter of 2011.

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