A recent study found that most people, regardless of political allegiance, like the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In a Kaiser Health News Report, Shefali S. Kulkarni filed a report analyzing a nationwide survey by a Stanford University professor in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GfK and the Associated Press.
The survey, which was conducted in 2010 and in 2012, involved showing more than 2,000 participants 18 different statements about the Affordable Care Act. Twelve statements in the survey were correct and six were false.
Jon Krosnick, a social psychologist and a professor of communication and political science at Stanford University and a co-author of the report on the survey, said no one identified all 18 statements correctly on either the 2010 or the 2012 survey. Still, in 2012, the survey responses contained fairly high numbers of correct responses. For instance, 80 percent of respondents knew that the Affordable Care Act allowed adult children to stay on their parents’ health care plans and that companies with more than 50 employees are required to provide health insurance coverage to their employees.
The report also shows that participants’ correct responses fell along their political party lines. Democrats were more knowledgeable about the health care law than Independents, who were more knowledgeable than Republicans. Also, older respondents were able to answer more accurately than younger respondents.
Krosnick said that one of the most striking findings from the survey was that respondents liked the provisions of the health care law regardless of political allegiance.
“When you say: should families be allowed to keep children on their health insurance to age 26? — most people like most of these provisions. So there’s every reason to have imagined that the public would support [the Affordable Care Act]. So our point is that lacking full knowledge [aboutObamacare] leads to much less enthusiasm about it.”
Jerry Lovrien has held positions of Chief Executive Officer at health and behavioral health facilities in Minnesota and Washington State. He served successfully as State Director/Commissioner of Health and Behavioral Health in Georgia, West Virginia and Minnesota. Jerry has taught high school through graduate courses and is currently an Instructor with Globe University.