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  • Survey: 53 percent expect quality of care to suffer under the health care law

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  • In a recent poll of 1,000 likely American voters 53 percent said they expect quality of care to suffer under the health care law.
    Unfavorable opinions of the new national health care law are at their highest level in several months, while the number who think the quality of care in this country will get worse is at its highest level in over three years.
    58 percent of Likely U.S. Voters have at least a somewhat unfavorable opinion of the health care law, with 43 percent who view it Very Unfavorably. Just 39 percent have a favorable view of the law, including 16 percent with a Very Favorable one.
    Despite the Obama administration’s claim that it has exceeded its March 31 goal of signing up 7 million Americans through new health insurance exchanges, overall unfavorables for the health care law are up from 54 percent two weeks ago. Most voters have had an unfavorable opinion of the law in regular surveys since the beginning of last year. But the latest finding matches the all-time high first reached in mid-November. Favorables fell to a record low of 36 percent in that same survey.
    53 percent of voters now believe the quality of health care will get worse under the new law. That’s up six points from 47 percent a month ago and the highest level of pessimism since mid-March 2011. 24 percent predict that health care will get better as a result of the law. 17 percent expect the level of care to stay about the same.
    80 percent now rate the quality of the health care they receive as good or excellent.
    59 percent of voters think Obamacare will force up the cost of health care. Just 20 percent believe costs will go down instead, while 16 percent say they will stay about the same. These beliefs are consistent with findings since November following the troubled rollout of the law.
    76 percent feel it is at least somewhat likely that the health care law will cost more than officially projected, with 57 percent who say it’s Very Likely. Only 17 percent think the law is not very or Not At All Likely to cost more than estimated. These views, too, have changed little in the past 16 months.
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