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Americans like certain aspects of the ACA


Even those who want to repeal the ACA favor keeping some aspects of the law, according to a poll by the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Take the prohibition on denying coverage for those with pre-existing conditions: about three in five who oppose the ACA want that provision to continue in whatever emerges out of repeal and replace. The survey also shows that a majority of those who support repeal favor allowing children to stay on a parent’s health plan until age 26 and the elimination of out-of-pocket costs for preventive services. The survey was conducted January 12 and January 16 and included 1,036 adults, ages 18 and older.

Popularity of some aspects of the ACA among ACA defenders and opponents

Fifty percent of Americans say they support the law while 35% want it repealed and 15% are neutral. Providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and making sure the poor have better coverage resonates with ACA supporters. Concerns about increased costs to beneficiaries and worries over the government’s intrusion into health care resonates with opponents.

What motivates supporters, opponents of the ACA
Why support the law? Why oppose the law?
Helps low-income families and the poor 92% Increased out-of-pocket health care costs for some individuals 91%
Prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage because of a person’s medical history 90% Gives the government too big a role in the health care system 80%
Makes health insurance more affordable 90% Requires that nearly all Americans have health insurance or pay a fine 71%
Decreases the number of Americans without health insurance 88% The government is spending too much on health care 64%
Allows adult children to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26 71% Doesn’t go far enough in expanding coverage 43%
Source: Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, “Many Want Changes to the Health Care Law but Few Support Its Immediate Repeal,” January 2017

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