Most Want Some Parts of Obamacare to Stay, Survey Finds
By Ashley Hayes
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD
Dec. 15, 2016 — Despite the unpopularity of the Affordable Care Act, a brand new WebMD/Medscape survey finds broad help for holding elements of the regulation intact — even amongst those that say they need it repealed.
The survey’s findings come as leaders within the Republican-controlled Congress make plans to repeal the regulation, also called Obamacare, when President-elect Donald Trump takes workplace subsequent month.
The survey discovered nearly no help for preserving the regulation as is. But almost four in 5 WebMD readers and docs on Medscape, WebMD’s website for health care professionals, need at the least some elements of it preserved, whether or not as half of the present regulation or in a brand new one.
The survey was carried out in late November and consists of responses from 835 WebMD readers and 687 docs on Medscape. Of these:
- Nearly half (49%) of WebMD readers and 43% of docs consider the regulation ought to be stored, however enhancements must be made.
- 31% of readers and 36% of docs consider the regulation ought to be repealed, however some features of it must be utilized in a alternative regulation.
- 19% of readers and 18% of docs consider the regulation ought to be repealed and changed with a brand new one.
- Only 2% of WebMD readers and three% of docs consider Obamacare ought to be stored as is.
The discovering is in keeping with different current polls which have discovered much less enthusiasm for a complete repeal of the regulation. A Kaiser Health Tracking Poll launched on Dec. 1 discovered that 1 in four Americans needed a full repeal. It additionally famous that the quantity of Republicans who need the regulation repealed had dropped from 69% to 52%. A HealthDay/Harris ballot discovered that 28% of Americans supported a full repeal.
“I think we’re in a different moment,” says Sabrina Corlette, a analysis professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms.
“In the previous, when individuals may need been requested in the event that they have been for or towards the ACA, it was virtually a free cross; with President Obama within the White House, there was no means it was going away. Now, the place there is a very actual menace it is going to be repealed, individuals are saying, ‘Hey, wait a minute. What are we dropping within the course of?’ “
The WebMD/Medscape survey additionally discovered broad help for particular features of Obamacare that readers and docs say ought to be required of all health care plans. They embrace:
- Coverage of mental health providers: 95% of WebMD readers, 91% of docs
- Coverage of preventive providers, akin to mammograms and colonoscopies, with no co-payment: 92% of shoppers, 78% of docs
- Women’s health protection, resembling birth control and maternity advantages: 87% of shoppers, 80% of docs
- Coverage for younger adults up to age 26 beneath a father or mother’s plan: 82% of WebMD readers, 88% of docs
- No lifetime most advantages on health insurance coverage protection: 82% of shoppers, 82% of docs
Lisa Zamosky, a health care journalist and writer of “Healthcare, Insurance, and You,” famous the excessive degree of help for women’s health protection. Zamosky additionally writes for WebMD.
“In the law’s earlier days, many complaints were lodged about the requirement to buy insurance that covered services people wouldn’t themselves use and that drive up the cost of premiums,” she says. “Maternity was almost always at the top of the list of benefits people resented paying for. These results seem to mark somewhat of a reversal.”
Asked whether or not the federal authorities ought to present an choice permitting individuals to buy government-administered health protection, also referred to as a “public option,” 77% of each WebMD readers and docs say sure.
Corlette stated she was stunned by the excessive quantity of docs supporting the general public choice. In Washington, D.C., the place she is situated, she says the docs’ group has been “pretty strongly opposed” to it.
Even among the many WebMD readers who say they help a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, an awesome majority nonetheless help some of its provisions:
- 89% consider all health care plans ought to present protection of psychological health providers.
- 85% consider all health plans ought to cowl preventive providers with no co-payment.
- 77% consider health plans should not have any lifetime most advantages on protection.
- 76% consider all health plans ought to present women’s health protection.
In addition, 66% of these supporting a repeal say they consider it is necessary to have reasonably priced health care protection for everybody, and 63% help a “public option.”
While polls have all the time proven excessive opposition to Obamacare, that opposition got here from each side of the political spectrum, Corlette says. “A significant proportion of people who say they don’t like the ACA have actually felt that it didn’t go far enough in its reforms.”
If Obamacare is absolutely repealed, WebMD readers and docs paint a special image of what they consider will occur.
- 45% say they consider their prices will keep the identical.
- 58% consider their advantages will stay the identical.
- 47% consider their sufferers’ prices will improve.
- 57% consider their sufferers’ advantages will lower.
“There are so many unknowns at this point about how things will play out,” Zamosky says. “But these results could suggest that many people will be in for a surprise by the impact of repeal on their costs and the benefits they get for their money.”
Asked about their largest health care precedence for the subsequent president and Congress, shoppers and docs have been cut up.
Consumers listed their priorities as:
- Universal health care protection (34%)
- Cuts in health care premiums (34%)
- Lower drug costs (24%)
Doctors, nevertheless, had a unique prime precedence:
- Cuts in health care premiums (41%)
- Universal health care protection (31%)
- Lower drug costs (21%)
SOURCES: WebMD/Medscape ACA Repeal or Reform Survey: WebMD Survey: Nov. 18-Nov. 29, 2016; Medscape survey Nov. 21-Dec. 1, 2016. Lisa Zamosky, health care journalist and writer. Sabrina Corlette, analysis professor, Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University. Kaiser Family Foundation. HealthDay/Harris ballot.
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