Only Half of Americans Know Health Care Reform Is Still Law

Only Half of Americans Know Health Care Reform Is Still Law

Nearly half the country either believes that the healthcare reform law has been repealed and is no longer law (22 percent) or doesn’t know enough to say whether it is still law (26 percent), according to a new poll.

Published February 25, 2011

Nearly half the country either believes that the health care reform law has been repealed and is no longer law (22 percent) or doesn’t know enough to say whether it is still law (26 percent), according to a new poll.

Troublingly, just a little over half of all Americans (52 percent) report that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law of the land.

Views on repeal of the law are mixed. Four in 10 queried by the Kaiser Family Foundation backed repeal (and half of those hoped the law will be replaced with a Republican alternative), three in 10 backed an expansion of the law, and two in 10 hoped to see it implemented as is.

A slim majority of the public (51 percent) see the law as improving the health care situation of lower-income Americans.

While people are divided over whether to keep or repeal the legislation, if they could pick and choose, the large majority (roughly eight in 10 Americans) would keep the provisions providing tax credits to small business, and upwards of seven in 10 would keep the provisions that provide coverage subsidies to those of low and moderate income. About 67 percent would support repeal of the individual mandate.

 

Image:  Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

Written by Deborah Creighton Skinner

COMMENTS

Latest in news