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Kaiser Poll: Half of Americans Think ACA Marketplaces Are 'Collapsing'

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By    |   Monday, 25 September 2017 03:36 PM

Half of the American public think the ACA’s marketplaces are "collapsing," according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

When asked, "in general, do you think the marketplaces for people who purchase their own insurance are collapsing, or not?"

  • 50 percent answered yes.
  • 35 percent answered no.
  • 38 percent of Democrats said yes, 47 percent said no.
  • 53 percent of independents said yes, 34 percent said no.
  • 62 percent of Republicans said yes, 24 percent said no.

"This month's findings indicate that most Americans think the ACA marketplaces are facing significant issues, and while they favor Congress taking actions to stabilize the marketplaces, they are not confident that President Donald Trump and Congress will be able to work together to make improvements to the marketplaces," the Kaiser Foundation report reads.

"While most experts maintain that the ACA marketplaces are not collapsing, much of the public holds a different view."

Although favorability ratings for Obamacare have fallen from August, more Americans view the ACA favorably rather than unfavorably.

In the September poll:

  • 46 percent view the ACA favorably.
  • 44 percent view it unfavorably.
  • 10 percent do not know or refused to answer.

In the August poll:

  • 52 percent viewed ACA favorably.
  • 39 percent viewed it unfavorably.

"While the overall favorability has increased gradually over the past year, this month finds a decrease in favorability since last month (down six percentage points from 52 percent in August) and a return to a divided public that characterizes most of the last seven years," the report added.

The Kaiser Family Foundation polled 1,179 adults living in the United States by phone from Sept. 13-18, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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