Report: Obamacare Coverage Worries Highest Among Republicans

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 01:20 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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While most workers are concerned that their employers will shift them to worse health plans under Obamacare, the concern is highest among Republicans, a new analysis shows.

"Across all parties, respondents believe that the shift to health insurance exchanges will have a negative impact on the quality of health coverage," says the analysis released Tuesday by Morning Consult.

Out of those, 72 percent of Republicans fear the worst for their coverage, compared to 60 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents.

However, the study shows that Democrats, at 43 percent, and independents, at 39 percent, believe that once they actually would be on the exchanges, the shift would have no impact on their coverage, while Republicans, at 41 percent, think the change would have "a very negative" impact.

Across political parties, the poll's respondents do not believe there would be a positive effect if their coverage ends up being switched, with 27 percent of Democrats, 11 percent of Republicans, and 7 percent of independents believing the change would be good.

In addition, Republicans said in the survey that if their employers switched coverage, it would be a deal-breaker where their jobs are concerned, with 62 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of independents saying they'd go look for a new job. But only 42 percent of Democrats said they'd hit the help-wanted pages if their employers switched their coverage over to the Obamacare exchanges.

Older workers, however, were more likely to stay with their jobs if their bosses switched to the exchanges for coverage.

Workers ages 45 to 64 were the least serious about looking for other work, with 54 percent saying they considered it "not too" or "not at all" seriously.

But workers ages 18-29 were the most serious about switching, with 67 percent said they would be extremely, very serious, or somewhat serious about finding other work.

Obamacare proponents argue that switching to the healthcare exchanges would be beneficial, as it would allow workers to switch jobs without having the fear of losing their insurance, reports The Hill.

However, all along, the law's opponents have said it will mean worse healthcare coverage, an opinion the Morning Consult's survey respondents shared.

According to research, employers will likely start shifting workers to Obamacare in hopes of saving on the high cost of providing insurance.

The survey also revealed that most likely voters, at 93 percent, have either health insurance or a health plan, with independents reporting the lowest number of people insured, at 88 percent.

Only one out of every 10 workers bought their insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, however, the Morning Consult survey revealed.

The poll was conducted online between June 19 and 31 of 1,240 likely voters.

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