Americans more concerned about healthcare costs than ACA: 8 findings

The Affordable Care Act takes a back seat to other issues American voters consider important in the 2016 presidential election, according the January Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.

The poll was designed and analyzed by public opinion researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation and was conducted from Jan. 13-19 among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,204.

Here are eight findings from the poll.

1. The poll found terrorism (38 percent) and the economy/jobs (34 percent) are the top two issues for voters at this point in the 2016 presidential election.

2. Comparatively, 23 percent of poll respondents said the ACA will be extremely important to their vote, ranking eighth among other issues.

3. Twenty-eight percent of poll respondents described the personal cost of healthcare and health insurance as extremely important to their vote.

4. Only 4 percent of poll respondents chose the ACA as the single most important issue to their vote, ranking behind the economy (12 percent) and terrorism (10 percent), dissatisfaction with government (9 percent), gun control (7 percent), the cost of their healthcare (6 percent), climate change (5 percent), and tied with immigration (4 percent) and the federal budget deficit (4 percent).

5. Thirty-nine percent of the public was aware of President Barack Obama's veto of legislation to repeal the ACA, the poll found.

6. This month's poll found 44 percent of the public have an unfavorable view of the ACA and 41 percent have a favorable view, according to this month's poll.

7. A majority (87 percent) of poll respondents are "very" or "somewhat" satisfied with the choice of physicians in their health plan's network and 4 percent are "very dissatisfied."

8. Most people without health insurance overage under the ACA have not been contacted about signing up for coverage (67 percent) or have not tried to get more information on their own (57 percent).


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