Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summary of ACA Public Opinion Webinar

I participated yesterday in the Affordable Care Act public opinion webinar, which I previewed in my July 2 post (below). The presenter, Mollyann Brodie, Ph.D., of the Kaiser Family Foundation, first led participants through an overview of the ACA itself, before moving on to the public opinion aspects. Two of her main themes were how heavily attitudes toward the ACA appeared to be colored by general partisanship, and how public awareness of many ACA provisions remains rather low. As an example of the latter, Brodie talked about how, under the ACA's preventative health section, women cannot be charged a co-pay for a mammogram. Yet, many women may not associate the new policy with Obamacare. On the survey-research side, the main thing I learned was that, later in 2014 and into 2015, large government surveys such as the National Health Interview Survey will begin tracking the rate of health-insurance coverage in the nation. Thus far, organizations such as Gallup and RAND have been providing such estimates. Click here for information on purchasing a recording of the webinar.


Brodie's evidence of partisan polarization in views toward the ACA was pretty compelling, in my view. One apparent exception to the trend, however, comes from responses in a recent Commonwealth Fund survey, among those individuals with newly acquired health insurance. Seventy-four percent of self-identified Republicans expressed satisfaction with their new health plans, only somewhat below the percentages of Independents (82%) and Democrats (85%) reporting satisfaction (see Exhibit 12 of the linked document).

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Upcoming Webinar on ACA Public Opinion

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) will be putting on a webinar entitled "Public Opinion on the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a Obamacare) and Measuring Early Views and Experiences During Its Implementation." The webinar, to be led by Mollyann Brodie, PhD, of the Kaiser Family Foundation, will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. CDT. There is a sliding fee scale to register for the webinar based on professional/student status and AAPOR membership. A recording of the webinar will be available for purchase afterwards.