Perception of Healthcare Reform Improves Among Americans
HONEOYE FALLS, N.Y., Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest wave of KJT Group's LightSource Poll reveals that more American adults have a positive opinion of the Trump administration's plans to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), compared with three months ago. Thirty-nine percent of Americans felt "somewhat" or "extremely positive" about the plans now, compared with 32% in August.
At the same time, however, the results reveal no changes in the perceptions of how critical respondents (all respondents) felt about seven tenets of the Trump administration's original health reform plan.
Although changes in opinion of the Trump administration's plans were similar across political parties, there were key differences in perceptions of support for two tenets. More registered Republicans reported feeling it is "very" or "extremely critical" to allow full tax deductions for health insurance premiums for those not receiving insurance through an employer as compared to the last wave (55% vs. 45%), and more registered Democrats reported that it is "very" or "extremely critical" to provide Medicaid funds to states via block grants, allowing states discretion in how funds are used (42% vs. 32%).
According to American adults polled in October, more than 8 in 10 had heard of a healthcare policy change proposed by the Trump Administration in the past two weeks (81%). Many fewer had heard of Executive Orders by President Trump allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines (57%) and eliminating subsidies to health insurance companies to offset the cost of insurance for low-income people (68%).
Knowledge of specific details of recent healthcare policy changes may be less important to Americans' perceptions of the Trump administrations' plans to replace the ACA than the fact that any action at all is being taken on this high-profile issue.
The LightSource Poll was conducted among 1,000 United States residents (18 years or older) between October 19 and October 25, 2017 and August 2 and August 7, 2017. These were non-probability, stratified samples, collected via web-based interviews. As such, margin of error cannot be accurately estimated. The LightSource employs stratified sampling, focusing on key factors such as age, gender, household income, and U.S. geographic region to help ensure national representation.
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