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