Public divided on ACA repeal: 4 survey findings

Most Americans either want legislators to leave the ACA intact or wait to repeal the law until the replacement plan's details are known, the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds.

The national survey was conducted Dec. 13-19, 2016, among 1,204 adults ages 18 and older.

Here are four survey findings.

1. The survey reveals the discord in public opinion regarding the ACA. Forty-nine percent of Americans want the next Congress to vote to repeal the law while 47 percent believe they should not vote to repeal it.

2. A larger share of those who want to see Congress vote to repeal the ACA want lawmakers to wait to vote to repeal the law until the details of a replacement plan have been announced (28 percent) than want Congress to vote to repeal the law immediately and work out the details of a replacement plan later (20 percent).

3. Healthcare is among the top issues Americans want President-elect Donald Trump and the next Congress to address in 2017. Within healthcare, repealing the ACA falls behind other priorities including lowering the amount individuals pay for healthcare, lowering drug prices and addressing with the opioid addiction epidemic.

4. The majority of Americans — 62 percent — prefer "guaranteeing a certain level of health coverage and financial help for seniors and lower-income Americans, even if it means more federal health spending and a larger role for the federal government" while 31 percent prefer the approach of "limiting federal health spending, decreasing the federal government's role, and giving state governments and individuals more control over health insurance, even if this means some seniors and lower-income Americans would get less financial help than they do today," the survey found.


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