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Polling the Health Care Law: Trickle Up Support?

After reading news reports on the recent Kaiser Family Foundation polling, you might think that the most important finding is that public support for the law is at a plateau, and that a large number of everyday Americans are still unsure how the law will directly benefit them. But, I was pleased as punch to see that 66% of those polled support the recent decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to cover contraceptives without co-payments.

When you look at this support for a particular provision of the law in tandem with uncertainty about the law writ large, a few things become clear. This illustrates a disconnect we see time and time again – people support particular aspects of the law, even as they remain unsure about the total package. But it is important to remember that Americans *do* eventually support many of the individual provisions included in the law. This means that as those provisions begin to go into effect, and people are able to experience the changes and see how the law improves their care, Americans’ opinions on the package should hopefully change for the better. The reality is that until the law, with its many pieces, becomes tangible, it is hard for busy Americans to fully grasp how it will work and how it all fits together.

While many aspects of the law will not be implemented for a few more years, the law is already working and improving the lives of some Americans. You can review our timeline to learn when different provisions will be implemented, and you can also check out our factsheets to learn how the Affordable Care Act will impact you.

It is a long law. It is complicated. And it will work. Now we need to make sure we’re helping educate one another on the parts of the law that will benefit one another. Help us spread the word!

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Obamacare and Medicare

Obamacare sets up a board to check on elder abuse (Sec 2021). Then, it provides that medicine and tests will be denied to elders if they don't go to government (Medicare) doctors (Sec 6065). Would that be some of that elder abuse Obamacare is supposed to address?

Health Care Reform and Medicare

In reply to Lis Smith .... 98% of those eligible for Medicare VOLUNTARILY enroll .. and Medicare doctors are still in private practice; they are not government employees. Medicare, like any private sector insurance company, pays doctors for services provided according to the benefits plans. Truly socialist healthcare is totally run by a government, including directly hiring staff, determining benefits, etc. .... but it also costs less per capita than US healthcare, covers EVERYONE, eliminates bankruptcies due to outrageous medical bills. An example of a socialist healthcare system: our very own VA .... and virtually every industrialized nation in the world except the US. Doesn't exactly sound evil to me. Universal coverage works, would probably save a fortune in our healthcare system, eliminating all those layers of bureaucracy (public and private) to determine eligibility for coverage, etc. It is very sad that one of the greatest financial risks to families in this country is uninsured medical bills.

Umm ... I didn't say the "S"

Umm ... I didn't say the "S" word; you did. Can you name even one thing government does well and does efficiently? Medicare and Medicaid made $70 billion in ‘improper payments’ last Year—more than all spending by Homeland Security and State departments combined.

People sign up for Medicare because they have NO CHOICE. That's all there is for seniors.

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