Fiery rhetoric has focused on the Affordable Care Act this election season, with calls to scrap the president’s signature piece of legislation. However, the 2010 health care reform law is low on the priority list for voters, according to one new public poll.
The Kaiser Family Foundation recently quizzed 1,200 voting-age U.S. residents over the phone, looking to find what’s top of mind to them when casting a ballot. When asked what was “extremely important” in this next presidential election, terrorism (38 percent) and the economy/jobs (34 percent) were most pressing, the study found. The ACA came in eighth on the list (23 percent), although the cost of “your” health care and insurance — which you could certainly argue is related to the act — was third at 28 percent.
When asked for the single most important issue in the election, those polled put the economy (12 percent), terrorism (10 percent), dissatisfaction with the government (9 percent) and gun control (7 percent) at the top of the list. The ACA (4 percent) tied with immigration and the federal budget deficit.
The poll also quizzed all insured Americans on contentment with their health plans, and some 87 percent said they were “very or “somewhat” satisfied with the choice of doctors in their network. Only 4 percent said they were “very dissatisfied.”
The deadline for open enrollment is this weekend, on Jan. 31 and, yet, the majority of uninsured U.S. residents said they have not been contacted about signing up for a health plan (67 percent) and have not looked for further information (57 percent). Only 15 percent of respondents even knew the deadline, according to Kaiser.
Find all the details about the phone poll, and the methodology for how it was conducted, here.