Thursday, March 19, 2015

Poll Gauges America’s View on Latest ACA Court Case

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell. The case will decide if people in Texas and other states not running their own health insurance marketplace can use tax credit subsidies to help pay for coverage on the federal marketplace.

According to the March ACA tracking poll by Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), the court case is not on Americans’ radar. More than half (53 percent) of people surveyed admitted they hadn’t heard anything at all about King v. Burwell.

Still, Americans did have opinions about possible outcomes for the case. When asked if they believe a ruling against subsidies for federal marketplace insurance would have a negative or positive impact, 52 percent said the ruling would have no impact on themselves and their family, but 46 percent said the ruling would have a major negative impact on the country as a whole.

In the event of a ruling against subsidies for federal marketplace insurance, 65 percent of respondents said Congress should pass a law making people in federal-run marketplace states eligible for financial help to buy marketplace insurance. However, according to KFF, “The public has little faith that lawmakers could work together to resolve the issues created by a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs. Over half (56 percent) say they are not at all confident that Democrats and Republicans in Congress can work together on any issues raised by the ruling and a similar share (51 percent) are not at all confident that Republicans in Congress and President Obama can work together.”

Read more on the latest opinion poll at KFF.

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