Jun 23, 2017

The ACA is more popular than the GOP health care bill

We knew the Republican health care effort wasn't polling well, but a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll out this morning puts a finer point on it: It's way less popular than the Affordable Care Act that it's supposed to replace.

Data: Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll; Chart: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Just 30% of the public likes the American Health Care Act, the House health care bill. (The poll was done before the Senate bill came out.) Meanwhile, the ACA, which has never been loved, is slowly becoming more accepted. It's now favored by 51% of the public — the first time it's topped 51% since Kaiser started polling on it in 2010.

Other highlights:

  • Republicans still support the AHCA, but their support has gotten softer. It's down to 56% (was 67% last month).
  • Nearly three-fourths of the public have favorable views of Medicaid — but 70% say states should be able to impose work requirements for non-disabled adults, as Republicans want.
  • Good news for Republicans and Democrats: the public doesn't blame either of you for insurers pulling out of the ACA markets. It blames the insurance companies — four in 10 Americans say the insurers are withdrawing because of profit-driven decisions.

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The health care debate we ought to be having

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Americans worry a lot about how to get and pay for good health care, but the 2020 presidential candidates are barely talking about what's at the root of these problems: Almost every incentive in the U.S. health care system is broken.

Why it matters: President Trump and most of the Democratic field are minimizing the hard conversations with voters about why health care eats up so much of each paycheck and what it would really take to change things.

Government funding bill deal will repeal key ACA taxes

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Congress is expected to soon announce a deal to repeal the Affordable Care Act's health insurance, medical device and "Cadillac" employer health plan taxes — and to raise the smoking age to 21, according to a senior House Democratic aide familiar with talks.

Why it matters: The decision is a colossal win for the health care industry.

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Medicare for All's missing mental health discussion

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America's mental health care system is in dire need of an overhaul, but the any real specifics are largely missing from the 2020 debate about health care.

Why it matters: Suicide and drug overdose rates continue to rise, and the U.S. faces a shortage of mental health providers and a lack of access to treatment.

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