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.
Fifty percent of Americans say they support the law while 35% want it repealed and 15% are neutral.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|