The U.S. Supreme Court will soon make its decision about the Affordable Care Act. Health reform will once again be top of mind for many Americans, and the Kaiser Family Foundation held a poll to gauge public opinion on ACA. View these slides from Kaiser to see some of the results. Click on the images to enlarge.
When asked which groups will benefit from ACA, 55 percent of respondents said the uninsured will be better off. States and middle class Americans were said to be worse off under the law.
Source: The Kaiser Family Foundation, Kaiser Fast Facts
Most respondents still do not understand how the law will impact their lives. As illustrated in the previous slide, many respondents see the primary function of the ACA as improving care for the uninsured and low-income individuals. Most people perceive the law to primarily benefit uninsured and low-income individuals. How the average American benefits from ACA is unclear.
Forty-four percent of respondents have an unfavorable opinion on ACA. As the graph above illustrates, public opinion has swung from positive to negative throughout the law’s lifetime. When the law was signed into law in April 2010, 46 percent had a favorable opinion of ACA, whereas in May 2012, only 37 percent have a favorable opinion.
Individual Mandate Unfavorable
Following what seems to be the consensus about the individual mandate, 47 percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable opinion of that part of ACA. Most of the other provisions of the law garnered more positive response.
ACA’s Effect on Healthcare
Since April 2010, there has been little change in how Americans expect the law to affect their healthcare.
Positive Effect of Law
While the majority of respondents said they have not benefitted from the law, the 15 percent that said they have indicate that they have experienced better access to care as a result of ACA.
Negative Effect of Law
Only 18 percent of respondents said they have been negatively affected by ACA. The most common negative effect is cost.