People are just not sure about the ACA. They’re not sure whether they want it repealed, or want it to stay. And they change their minds often, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll released today.
Forty-nine percent say Congress should repeal the law; 47% say don’t repeal it. But even 28% of those who want the ACA repealed, said Congress should wait for details of any replacement. Twenty percent say Congress should repeal and work out the details later.
But each side is very persuadable. About one-fifth (20%) of those who say that Congress should not repeal, changed their mind after hearing about how premiums around the country skyrocketed under the ACA. On the other hand, many of those who originally wanted repeal, changed their mind after hearing arguments that people with pre-existing conditions would no longer be covered and that millions who got coverage under the ACA would lose it.
“After hearing pro-repeal arguments, the share of the public supporting repeal can grow to as large as 60%, while counter-messages against repeal can decrease support to 27%,” the poll finds.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll (conducted December 13—19, 2016).