Americans worry ACA repeal will cost many their health insurance, poll finds

Many Americans want to see some changes to the ACA, but few support repealing the health law in its entirety, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The poll was conducted Jan. 12-16 using the AmeriSpeak Panel, the probability-based panel of NORC at the University of Chicago. More than 1,000 adults were surveyed in the poll.

Here are six poll findings.

1. More than half (53 percent) of poll respondents want the ACA kept, while 46 percent want it repealed, the poll found. However, 40 percent of poll respondents said changes are needed to make the ACA work better, and 31 percent want the law in place until a replacement is ready.

2. The most popular provisions of the ACA are eliminating charges for some preventive procedures, allowing young adults to remain on their parents' insurance until they are 26 years old and preventing the denial of insurance to Americans with pre-existing conditions.  

3. Nearly half (46 percent) of poll respondents have not been personally affected by the ACA, while 27 percent said the health law has made their lives better, and 26 percent said it has had a detrimental effect, according to the poll.

4. Fifty-six percent of Americans are "extremely or very concerned" that eliminating the ACA will cost many people their health insurance, 27 percent are "somewhat concerned," and 17 percent are "not very or not at all concerned," the poll found.

5. The poll also found a majority of Democrats are concerned about Americans losing health insurance if the ACA is repealed, while many Republicans disagreed. Overall, eight in 10 Democrats express concern many Americans will lose their health insurance if the ACA is repealed, while most Republicans said they are just "somewhat concerned" or "not at all concerned" about this possibility.

6. A majority of Republicans said most Americans will be better off if the ACA is repealed while more than three-quarters of Democrats said Americans will be worse off, according to the poll.

Read the full poll results here.  


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