WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new poll released today by the YG Network reveals that Americans like the health care that they currently have, want to keep it, and would like the Supreme Court to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). The poll shows that if the Supreme Court repeals ObamaCare, Americans would prefer Congress to wait until after the election before replacing portions of it, rather than acting immediately. It also reveals a widely held belief that Americans under 40 will have worse health care than their parents had.
“An overwhelming majority of Americans like the health care that they have and want to keep it,” said Brad Dayspring, Senior Advisor to the YG Network. “Should the Supreme Court repeal ObamaCare, men and women across the country prefer that Congress take a step-by-step approach to make health care more patient centered, simple, and affordable after the November elections.”
ON THE SUPREME COURT & OBAMACARE:
- 59% want some form of repeal: (38.1% complete repeal, 19.9% individual mandate repealed)
- 49% will be upset if Supreme Court leaves the law as is.
- If the law is left as is, people believe it will hurt the poor, small businesses, and seniors most.
- 45.9% ofAmericans believe it would be good for them personally if SCOTUS repeals the law, compared to 25.6% who say it would be bad.
- If the law is left as is, the biggest fears are socialized medicine, government interference, and higher costs.
PEOPLE LIKE THE HEALTH CARE THAT THEY HAVE:
- 92.3% are satisfied with their health care coverage, including 62% who are “very satisfied.”
- 84.3% have positive feelings about their health insurance provider, and cite good coverage and low costs as the top reasons.
- Since the passage of ObamaCare, 90.1% say their health care costs have gone up or stayed the same compared to only 4% who say costs have decreased.
WHAT SHOULD CONGRESS DO?
- 57.2% say Congress should wait until after the election to replace portions of ObamaCare if it is repealed, compared to only 35.5% who say Congress should act immediately.
- If Congress could do one thing for health care, the top responses were to end fraud/abuse (30.1%), make it more affordable (21.9%) and to save Medicare (10.9). Only 4.8% said to insure more people.
- People prefer that Congress take an incremental rather than comprehensive approach to reform.
- If Congress were to write a new health care law, 53.3% prefer that members of Congress who are also doctors and nurses write it.
HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA
- 56.7 believe doctors face too many restrictions from the government.
- People strongly believe the first goal of health care reform should be to make it more affordable, followed by making the system simpler and more controlled by doctors and patients.
- 51.7% believe that Americans under 40 will have worse health care than their parents had,compared to only 31% who say they will have better.
- When asked if health care should more closely resemble the system in either Canada or Europe, 65% of Americans preferred neither.
- 63.8% do not believe that health care entitlements like Medicare and Medicaid are the biggest drivers of America’s debt.
- 38.3% said problems in the current system hurt women most, compared to only 5.9% who said men.
- 46% believed problems in the current system hurt the elderly, compared to 29.6% who said the younger generation.
CONSERVATIVE VS LIBERAL APPROACH
- Given a choice of the two different health worldviews, people identified with the conservative approach by a 63-32% margin
- CONSERVATIVE: “It’s important that we don’t overreach again and instead take a step-by-step approach to make health care more simple, affordable and accessible.
- LIBERAL:“Healthcare is a right, and the government should ensure that is made available to all Americans with those who can afford it, paying for it.”
- When citing the biggest problems in the current system, 59.3% said either that it was: “too expensive,” “too much government,” “too much red tape,” or “too complex.” Only 13.7% said that not enough people were insured.