A new survey released today shows that the majority of likely voters in five key battleground states – Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania – believe the Affordable Care Act is here to stay (64%) and that elected officials should work to improve the law rather than repeal it (71%).
The survey, which was released by Community Catalyst and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), found that likely voters prefer a candidate who will work to improve the law over one who would repeal it (55% vs. 40%). Most agreed elected officials should “stop wasting time” trying to repeal the law (58%) and instead focus on a variety of improvements to lower the cost of care.
“These research findings confirm what we continue to hear over and over across Pennsylvania. People are frustrated with repeated efforts to repeal the ACA. It’s time to recognize that the law is here to stay,” said Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network.” We need to move forward and find ways to continue to lower health care costs for people and address issues such as surprise billing, high copayments and escalating drug costs.”
“Voters understand that the law has led to some important outcomes such as guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing health conditions. The research shows that they now want their elected officials to work together to make improvements that favor patients over insurance and pharmaceutical companies. As a nurse, I am excited to continue working to improve the law so that our patients can get the highest quality care at the lowest cost,” said Starr Romano, a registered nurse from Altoona and a member of SEIU Healthcare PA.
The survey showed strong support across party lines for improvements that are being considered to lower health care costs, including:
- Require hospitals and other health care providers to be transparent about their prices so people understand what the cost of services will be before they use them (75% strongly support)
- Prevent insurance companies from charging high copayments for medications that are necessary for people with cancer and other serious illnesses (70% strongly support)
- Change the way insurance companies pay doctors and hospitals to create incentives to keep people healthy rather than paying providers based on the number of tests and procedures they give (64% strongly support)
- Give Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices (63% strongly support)
- Give state insurance commissioners more authority to push back on insurance companies that want to hike up insurance premiums (57% strongly support)
The survey also showed strong support (80%) for Governor Wolf’s decision expand Medicaid to close the coverage gap in Pennsylvania.
The survey was conducted by PerryUndem Research/Communication September 15-19, 2015; 1,005 adults who said they were likely to vote in the 2016 elections and have a history of voting in the 2012 or 2008 elections responded. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points.
For more information, visit www.communitycatalyst.org.