Public perception of the health reform law's ability to increase insurance access and curb healthcare costs is divided, a newly released survey found, though more adults said they consider the law favorable.
Survey finds mixed views on impact of reform law
Nearly six out of 10 (59%) said the law would have a positive impact on access to affordable insurance for those without, according to a survey by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. Twenty percent said the law's impact on access to affordable insurance would be negative. The late September and early October telephone survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, included a nationally representative sample of roughly 1,000 adults.
Respondents were also more likely to say the law would have a positive impact on reducing insurance, hospital, physician and pharmaceutical drug costs. Forty-five percent of respondents said the law would lead to a reduction in drug costs, and an equal percentage said the same of insurance costs. Nearly as many (43%) said the law would favorably impact reducing hospital and physician costs.
Meanwhile, 1 in 4 said the law would have a negative impact on reducing drug costs; 30% said the same of insurance costs; and 29% said the law would have a negative impact on hospital and doctor costs.
Forty-one percent said the law would positively impact economic recovery; one in four said the law would have a negative impact on economic recovery.
Young adults considered the reform law to be far more favorable for the economy than older adults. Eight out of 10 of adults ages 18 to 24 said the law would have a positive impact on economic recovery compared with 30% of those ages 55 to 64 and 34% of those at least 64 years old.
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