While the vast majority of U.S. residents support the right to affordable health care, far fewer believe they will be able to continue coverage obtained under the Affordable Care Act.
According to a Commonwealth Fund survey conducted in the last two months of 2017, about a third of Americans who obtained coverage through health exchanges or expanded Medicaid as the result of the ACA, do not expect to keep their current coverage. About half of those were concerned that the Trump administration or Congress would repeal or discontinue implementation of the ACA.
Similarly, affordability remains a primary concern among uninsured adults. The survey found more than 70 percent of uninsured adults said they did not intend to shop for coverage in marketplaces because they simply couldn’t afford it; almost 25 percent said they did not plan to shop for coverage because they expected the ACA to be repealed.
Access to reasonably affordable health care remains a concern across the board, however. The survey found almost 90 percent of working-age adults supported paying into Medicare to provide coverage for those 65 and older. About 82 percent of Republicans, 99 percent of Democrats and 92 percent of Independents support the right to affordable care, according to the survey.