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Most Americans want USA to keep funding expanded Medicaid

27 February 2017

That's a sizable turn around from December, when only 43% viewed it favorably and 46% viewed it negatively. Eliminate Medicaid expansion by 2020: now, the federal government provides states funding to expand Medicaid, the government program that provides insurance for low-income Americans.

The plan would also scale back the ACA's Medicaid expansion, which provides coverage to roughly 12 million low-income people, according to Bloomberg's report, shifting pressure onto states to find funding streams to pay for the residents who received coverage under the expansion.

States that opted to expand Medicaid during the Obama administration would gradually have the additional federal funds phased out until 2020.

About 13.5 million people have been added to the Medicaid rolls since 2013, including some who had always been eligible but had not enrolled for a variety of reasons.

In contrast, nine percent of Democrats say the law is working well as-is and fully two-thirds say that the law requires only small changes.

Even among Republicans who didn't like the law, however, there was a shift in the number who thought it should be repealed.

Those results contrast with the 49% who said the ACA has made the healthcare system better for most Americans.

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In other developments tied to when and what is coming on the ACA repeal and replace front, John Boehner, former House speaker, told an industry conference in Orlando on February 23 that it is "happy talk" among Republicans that a full overhaul of the law is coming.

Democrats need to be actively involved with Republican efforts to repeal or change the ACA, fighting a full repeal, but showing a willingness to work with the GOP to fix things that both sides agree are broken, if Republicans agree that the prudent course is to fix, rather than scrap the law. The study found similar growth in approval among the prior generation: Among those 50 to 64 years of age, support has grown from 40 percent in October to 52 percent now.

"Before we repeal we need to know what the replacement is going to look like, so I can not support that drive to repeal and then hope things work out - a hope so, maybe so replacement is no replacement at all". 56 percent of respondents were anxious about plans to repeal the ACA, 53 percent were hopeful while 45 percent were confused.

The Kaiser poll was conducted from February 13-19 by telephone of 1,160 adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points among all adults.

Over almost 7 years of polling, the Kaiser results have typically shown Americans evenly divided about the ACA, with a small share consistently saying they don't know or refusing to answer. It also calls for tax credits of up to $4,000 for people 60 years or older, but would allow insurers to increase the rates they charge older people.

The discussion draft would eliminate the ACA's tax subsidies for those buying coverage on individual exchanges and scrap the individual mandate.

Most Americans want USA to keep funding expanded Medicaid