Report Looks At How Premiums Could Change On ACA Health Exchange

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Message to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans: Stop trying to scuttle the Obama health care law, and start trying to make it more effective. This includes large majorities of Democrats (95 percent) as well as half of Republicans (52 percent) and President Trump's supporters (51 percent). In 2014, the broken promise of "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan" led to the Republican takeover of the Senate. Visit the Times health page. While around 6 in 10 overall say Trump should not use such disruptive tactics, a majority of Republicans back that approach.

Only 17 percent of the public - and 40 percent of Republicans - think the Trump administration should take steps to make the health law fail, the survey said.

The individual mandate brings down premiums by requiring healthier, younger people to buy coverage, who in turn subsidize individuals with higher health care costs, and CSRs are payments from the federal government to insurers to offset the costs of covering lower-income people. Almost two-thirds of the public oppose the president's negotiating tactics, the survey said. "Based on initial filings, the change in benchmark silver premiums will likely range from -5 percent to 49 percent across these 21 major cities", the study reports, although the figures are not final.

Its August “Kaiser Health Tracking Poll” finds that six out of ten Americans (60 percent) say it is a “good thing” that the Senate did not pass the bill that would have repealed and replaced Obamacare, the nickname for the Affordable Care Act.

Moving forward, a majority of the public (60 percent) says President Trump and Republicans in Congress are responsible for any problems with the ACA. There has been a 9-percentage-point increase in people who hold a favourable view since November.

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Still, confusion about the law remains.

The same number of people said that insurers' decisions not to sell insurance plans in certain marketplaces will affect everyone with insurance.

This month's survey also probes the public's views about the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces, which allow Americans who don't get insurance through their employer to shop for and purchase insurance, with tax credits available to low- and moderate-income customers. The survey was conducted August 1-6, 2017, among a nationally representative random digit dial telephone sample of 1,211 adults ages 18 and older, living in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii (note: persons without a telephone could not be included in the random selection process).

Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit health newsroom whose stories appear in news outlets nationwide, is an editorially independent part of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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