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Kaiser Poll: Americans Want to Keep Obamacare Subsidies

By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 03:07 PM

Even if the Supreme Court outlaws Obamacare subsidies, most Americans want Congress to pass a law guaranteeing them, a new tracking survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals.

The poll showed that 64 percent of the 1,503 adults surveyed between Jan.15-21 want to keep the subsidies available in all states, whether or not the state uses its own exchange or operates through the federally run exchanges, reports The Hill.

The pending Supreme Court case in the King v. Burwell decision could stop Obamacare subsidies, however, causing jeopardy for the still-fragile system.

In the case, the plaintiffs say the Affordable Care Act allows subsidies for customers in the 14 exchanges that were established in individual states and the District of Columbia, but not for the federal customers, because the act only authorizes subsidies for the state exchanges, reports CNBC. But the Obama administration disputes that interpretation, and believes the subsidies will continue for people using the federal exchanges as well.

The Kaiser poll, which carried a margin of error of plus or minus three points, shows that people not only want the subsidies to continue, but 59 percent of them called for their states to establish their own marketplace exchanges, should the justices rule for eliminating the subsidies.

Those surveyed didn't respond along party lines, as majorities of Republican and Democrat voters wanted to keep the subsidies, as well as Independents.

But even though they want to keep the subsidies, many of those in the survey were not paying much attention to the pending case, even though the Supreme Court will start hearing oral arguments in March. Only 14 percent of those polled said they heard "some" or "a lot" about the case, and 56 percent said they had heard nothing at all.

Meanwhile, consumer advocates are urging the justices to uphold subsidies, but Republicans say the tax credits are an example of executive overreach and illegal under the healthcare reform act's language.

The poll also showed the public doesn't support Republican lawmakers' move to reduce the burdens caused by the "employer mandate," which requires employers who have at least 100 workers who are on the job at least 30 hours a week to either provide access to healthcare or face a fine.

Earlier this month, the House voted to raise the work week to 40 hours, but only 26 percent of those polled supported the idea and 40 percent disapproved.

Americans still remain split on Obamacare, though, the poll showed. One-third still want the law repealed altogether; 19 percent want it to continue like it is; one-fourth want it expanded; and 14 percent want it scaled back.

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