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Sunday, July 30, 2017

ObamaCare: For Those Who Care




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If you are like the majority of Americans, you have a position on the Affordable Care Act (AKA ObamaCare) and that position is most likely based on your personal experience. Of course, you may have lived to a point in life where you are covered via Medicare, or maybe covered via Medicaid. If you are covered by Medicare, and harbor major ill will or wish to appeal for the Obamacare, you are probably a high-end Baby Boomer conservative. 

In either case, you know one thing about the ObamaCare. It offers 30 million Americans opportunity for health care comprehensive health care. Health care where none existed unless employed in a job with medical coverage as an employee benefit. The law also places humane restrictions on how insurance companies administer plans: coverage for children up to age 26, pre-existing conditions coverage, and premium subsidies in cases of low-income families. All items the common conservatives don't give one damn about; especially if the conservative has to assist in any way with the availability of the law (eg. taxes and higher premiums).  To be fair since the inception of the ACA, millions who call themselves conservatives and are not yet Medicare eligible have come to realize their quality of life has improved via the ACA; that means it is now integral to their lives until age sixty-five.

Kaiser Family poll, 2013

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Kaiser Family poll 2016
Table 1: Voters’ Attitudes Towards the ACA
As you may know, a health reform bill was signed into law in 2010. Given what you know about the health reform law, do you have a generally favorable or generally unfavorable opinion of it?All votersTrump votersClinton voters
Favorable (NET)45%15%79%
          Very favorable20540
          Somewhat favorable251039
Unfavorable (NET)508118
          Very unfavorable33635
          Somewhat unfavorable171813
Don’t know/Refused544

While Trump supporters overwhelmingly want the law repealed, conservative (GOP) support in aggregate is a far different reality.
Figure 8: Among the 26 Percent Who Want the ACA Repealed, Some Attitudes Are Malleable
Let's cherry-pick things a bit Kaiser found a few of the ACA provisions appealing to most poll takers with one provision standing out like a whacked out president making inappropriate remarks at a Boy Scout Jamboree.

Table 2: Americans’ Opinions of ACA Provisions
Percent who say they have a FAVORABLE opinion of each of the following provisions of the law:TotalDemocratsIndependentsRepublicans
Allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 2685%90%85%82%
Eliminates out-of-pocket costs for many preventive services83898377
Closes the Medicare prescription drug “doughnut hole” so people on Medicare will no longer be required to pay the full cost of their medications81868969
Creates health insurance exchanges where small businesses and people can shop for insurance and compare prices and benefits80908072
Provides financial help to low- and moderate-income Americans who don’t get insurance through their jobs to help them purchase coverage80918167
Gives states the option of expanding their existing Medicaid program to cover more low-income, uninsured adults80907967
Prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage because of a person’s medical history69756563
Increases the Medicare payroll tax on earnings for upper-income Americans69826363
Requires employers with 50 or more employees to pay a fine if they don’t offer health insurance60836045
Requires nearly all Americans to have health insurance or else pay a fine35573021
Note: Some items asked of half samples. Question wording abbreviated. See topline for full question wording.
For example, large shares of Americans – including at least eight in ten overall and at least eight in ten Democrats, Republicans, and independents – have a favorable view of the fact that the law allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans up to age 26.

So much for polling  data.  Charles Gaba, an authority on the ACA, offers two video with all you need to know about the ACA and its impact on the nation.  The video is in two parts. 


Part 1


Part 2



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