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Approval rating on healthcare policy rises slightly in October

The LightSource Poll found 8 in 10 Americans were aware of proposed policy changes by the Trump administration.

Jeff Lagasse, Associate Editor

More Americans have a positive opinion of the Trump administration's plans to replace the Affordable Care Act compared with three months ago, according to the KJT Group's new LightSource Poll. Thirty-nine percent of Americans felt "somewhat" or "extremely positive" about the plans now, compared with 32 percent in August.

At the same time, the results reveal no changes in how the respondents felt about the tenets of the administration's original health reform plan.

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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 percent vs. 45 percent), 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 percent vs. 32 percent). 

According to 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. Much fewer had heard of executive orders allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines (57 percent) and eliminating subsidies to health insurance companies to offset the cost of insurance for low-income people (68 percent). 

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The poll was conducted among 1,000 United States residents aged 18 or older between Oct. 19 and Oct. 25, and Aug. 2 and Aug. 7. They were non-probability, stratified samples, collected via web-based interviews, and as such, the margin of error could not be accurately estimated.

Twitter: @JELagasse
Email the writer: jeff.lagasse@himssmedia.com

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