Most Americans unaware of deep Medicaid cuts in AHCA
Despite heavy media coverage for more than two months, a majority of Americans are unaware of the heavy cuts to Medicaid proposed in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House in early May.
A new monthly tracking poll released last Friday by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that only about four in 10 respondents (38 percent) “are aware that the House-passed American Health Care Act would make major funding reductions and structural changes to the program.”
While the Senate version of the AHCA was crafted behind closed doors over the past few weeks and made public only last Thursday, details of the House version passed on May 4 have been heavily publicized and analyzed by the media and the Congressional Budget Office, which estimated that the House bill would cut federal Medicaid funding by $834 billion through 2026.
Yet, Kaiser said, “about a fourth of respondents said the bill made ‘minor reductions’ to Medicaid, and 13 percent didn’t realize there were any proposed cuts.”
This relative low level of awareness contrasts with the high percentage of Americans who support Medicaid. According to the Kaiser poll, nearly three-fourths (74 percent) of the public “say they have a favorable view of the program,” including 37 percent who hold a “very favorable” view. Further, 61 percent of respondents say the program is “working well for most low-income people nationally,” while two-thirds (67 percent) say Medicaid is “working well for most low-income people in their state.”
Overall, Americans prefer the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the AHCA by 51 percent to 41 percent.
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