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Survey: Obamacare Hasn't Directly Affected Most Americans

Survey: Obamacare Hasn't Directly Affected Most Americans
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By    |   Monday, 29 February 2016 03:22 PM

Most Americans say Obamacare hasn't had any affect on them — but 25 percent believe the president's signature healthcare law has been a detriment, a new poll shows.

In the survey conducted
by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, released Monday, 39 percent of Obamacare-insured residents in Kansas and 35 percent in Ohio say the law hurts their states.

But the survey found 56 percent of Americans say the law hasn't had any direct impact on them. Of those who say it did impact them, however, 25 percent said Obamacare has hurt them while only 15 percent say it's helped.

"Though the poll finds that most people are relatively satisfied with the health care they personally receive, a substantial number have problems paying their medical bills and accessing needed care," says Robert Blendon a proessor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

"And a surprising share of Americans, particularly those with low incomes, say they face problems with the quality of care they receive."

In other findings:
  • 72 percent say they get good value for what they pay toward the cost of their health care, but 22 percent disagree.
  • Only one in six adults believe their benefits have increased in the past two years and 12 percent believe they've declined.
  • 45 percent say their insurance premiums have increased in the past two years. Rising co-pays and deductibles were reported by 35 percent.
  • 15 percent say there was at least one time in the past two years when they needed health care but didn't get it; 35 percent say they could not find a doctor who would take their health insurance.
  • 25 percent say they [don't have a regular doctor] who provides most of their health care; that figure was the highest in Texas, at 31 percent, and Florida, at 30 percent.
  • 46 percent rate their personal health care as good, but only 33 percent say it's excellent.

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