Though a majority of Obamacare users believe the insurance marketplaces are collapsing, an even stronger majority — 61 percent — remains satisfied with the choices available to them, according to a new poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.
The results, according to KFF:
- 53 percent believe the Obamacare marketplaces are collapsing.
- 33 percent don't believe they're collapsing.
The breakdown shows varied opinions across party lines, with 64 percent of Republicans believing the marketplace are collapsing vs. a plurality of Democrats — 49 percent — who believe they are, according to KFF.
However, 61 percent still remain satisfied with the choices they have:
- 32 percent are very satisfied health plan choices.
- 29 percent are somewhat satisfied with the plans.
- 24 percent are somewhat dissatisfied.
- 14 percent are very dissatisfied with health plan choices.
"When the president is saying things like, 'The ACA is failing. Things are collapsing,' people hear that," Liz Hamel, director of public opinion and survey research for the Kaiser Family Foundation, told USA Today. "So they may be answering that question not necessarily based on their own experience this year."
Further, 67 percent say their annual deductible is similar or lower in 2018 compared to 2017, and 57 percent say their monthly payment is a net decrease or about the same this year compared to last, according to KFF.
Among the uninsured, however, 36 percent say they don't carry insurance because it's too expensive.
And most remain confused about the individual mandate, which has been repealed but remains in effect for 2018, a fact that just 11 percent correctly answered.
Another 19 percent know it was repealed but think it's not in effect in 2018. Meanwhile, a whopping 43 percent aren't even aware that it was repealed, according to KFF.
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