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Support Of Health Law Rebounds A Bit

By Jordan Rau

November 30th, 2011, 12:05 AM

It’s up. It’s down. Americans’ views about the health care law are, well, fluid.

The latest Kaiser Family Foundation monthly poll shows that the law’s popularity rose a bit after hitting a new low last month. (Kaiser Health News is a program of the foundation.) Still, more people don’t like the law than do: 44 percent to 37 percent.  That was a small improvement from October, when 51 percent panned the law, but the law’s popularity remains below where it has been.

Democrats, whose gloominess about the law was responsible for bringing it down in October, got a bit more positive about the law in November, with 62 percent giving it a thumbs up, a 10 percentage point increase.

Pollsters found that when they asked people about elements of the law, many got it wrong. The poll found 56 percent think the law includes a government-run insurance plan as an option for consumers, which it doesn’t. Thirty-five percent of people said the law permits a government-run panel to make decisions about end-of-life care, even though such “death panels” were widely dubunked during the debate over the law.

The poll also found many people didn’t know some details of the law, including such benefits as a requirement that health insurers explain what they cover in clear, simple language.

The survey was conducted Nov. 10 through Nov. 15 among 1,209 adults. Its margin of error was +/- 3 percentage points.

jrau@kff.org

3 Responses to “Support Of Health Law Rebounds A Bit”

  1. David says:

    RE: Support Of Health Law Rebounds A Bit

    Americans have listened to the GOP Presidential candidates in their many debates and one thing comes across very clearly. All of these characters want to repeal Obamacare but they have nothing as a replacement. When they are asked, “What is your replacement plan?” Each GOP hopeful gets very quiet. Doesn’t that tell you something? They are completely happy with 50 million plus Americans uninsured and another 25 million plus that are underinsured. These GOP hopefuls are happy that hospitals pay for the uninsured and the underinsured and pass those costs off to their paying customers in the form of higher fees and premiums. Face it America, the GOP does not have any ideas about fixing our health care system and are happy that we currently pay 18 percent of GDP on our health care system while every other nation in the world pays much less. The next most expensive country in terms of the cost of health care spends only 12 percent of GDP. Meanwhile, our health care system ranks 37th in the world. Cuba has a much better health care system at a much lower cost. Republicans don’t want you to know that!

  2. Robert says:

    Funny of you to attack GOP candidates to shift focus away from the fact that most people intuitively know that the healthcare law is a raw deal all around. It is a move toward socialist medicine and it doesn’t address the rising healthcare costs. As far as Cuba having “a much better healthcare system”, let me tell you that I came from Cuba and I remember the days when i had my teeth pulled without anesthesia because there was no anesthesia available. Given my firsthand experience, I don’t know how you can conclude that Cuba’s system is superior to ours nor the source and politics behind the statistic you cited.

  3. W Khalifa says:

    Did you leave Cuba to the US for the better health care?

    While David’s comparison to Cuba might not be a good example (there are plenty of “poorer” countries with objectively better health care systems than the US, see countries in Europe and Asia), the idea of “socialist” medicine is better than no medicine right? And it does address the rising health care costs, although it will take years to see big changes. So what do you want, slow change or no change?

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