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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Survey: 45 percent view the health care law favorably

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  • A recent poll of 1,000 likely U.S. voters showed 45 percent view the health care law favorably, which includes 21 percent with a “very” favorable,” view, but 51 percent continue to hold an unfavorable opinion, which includes 38 percent with a “very unfavorable” one.
     
    This marks a turnaround from two weeks ago when overall favorables fell to 39 percent and unfavorables stood at 58 percent, matching the high first reached in mid-November.
     
    Support for the law’s mandated levels of health insurance coverage are down five points from 42 percent a month ago to its lowest level since December.
     
    Only 37 percent now think the government should require every health insurance company and health insurance plan to cover the exact same set of medical procedures, but 37 percent disagree and 25 percent are not sure.
     
    Seventy-six percent now think individuals should have the right to choose between different types of health insurance plans, including some that cost more and cover just about all medical procedures and some that cost less while covering only major medical procedures, up six points from a month ago and the highest level of support for this kind of choice since early November, while 9 percent are opposed to this kind of consumer choice and 15 percent are undecided.
     
    Eighty-four percent continue to believe that individuals should have the right to choose between different types of health insurance plans, including some with higher deductibles and lower premiums and others with lower deductibles and higher premiums, but 5 percent disagree and 11 percent are not sure.
     
    Seventy-five percent believe employers and individuals should be allowed to buy health insurance across state lines, while 13 percent who agree with the health care law and say employers and individuals should only be permitted to buy health insurance plans approved for their state and 12 percent are not sure.

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