The Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health released polling this week demonstrating that the public is really over the fight over Obamacare, and wants states to start implementing it. They also want Medicare kept out of deficit cutting efforts.
Fifty-five percent of the public, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats, say that establishing the exchanges—a key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and one whose implementation has divided states along partisan political lines—is a “top priority” for their governor and legislature [among health care policies]. [...]A majority of Americans (52 percent) would still like to see improvements made to the Affordable Care Act, and 40 percent says that "those opposed to the health care law should accept that it is now the law of the land and stop trying to block [its] implementation."
“Governors are largely splitting along partisan lines on the exchanges, but the public is not. People like the idea,” said Drew Altman, President and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Similarly, while some Republican governors are balking at the optional expansion of Medicaid under the ACA, more Americans (52%) say their state should expand its Medicaid program than not (42%). But on Medicaid views differ sharply by party, with two-thirds of Republicans saying they prefer to keep their state Medicaid program as is (66%) and 3 in 4 Democrats (75%) seeking a state expansion. Independents are evenly divided.
And what about the deficit and health care? Continue below the fold to find out.
No less significant in the midst of continued deficit hysteria, six in ten (58 percent) oppose any spending cuts to Medicare and 46 percent oppose any cuts to Medicaid.
Raising taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations remains a very popular deficit strategy, "backed by roughly three in four Americans, including 60 percent of Republicans."
The importance of Medicare and Medicaid and support for increasing taxes on the wealthy and corporations just doesn't change, poll to poll. Affordable health will remain a top priority for Americans as long as we are paying ridiculous amounts of money, particularly in comparison with the rest of the developed world, for our health care. At this point, Obamacare seems finally to be accepted as a starting point to that project by a majority of Americans.