Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Poll: Now Most Californians Have a Negative Opinion of Obamacare. Most Also Favor Government Price Controls on Premium

A recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California addressed voter sentiment on Obamacare as well as Proposition 45 (government price controls on health insurance premiums). Insurers in the Golden State already face a mind boggling bureaucratic morass making California one of the most difficult states in which to conduct business. I suspect that price controls on premium will be enough for a few carriers to leave the state altogether.

This is from Christopher Cadelago at the Sacramento Bee:
The Affordable Care Act continues to divide Californians, who remain skeptical four years after its passage despite the state’s relatively smooth launch in which more than 1.2 million people enrolled in health insurance coverage. 
A new survey released late Tuesday found some 42 percent of state residents generally view the law favorably, while 46 percent harbor unfavorable opinions. Support is down somewhat since May, before a wave of targeted TV ads began in a handful of competitive congressional districts. 
Democrats view the law positively while an overwhelming majority of Republicans (80 percent) see it unfavorably. Of the 1 in 5 Californians who say that they were aided by the law, 31 percent say that it allowed them or a family member to obtain or retain health care.  Meanwhile, of the 1 in 5 who said they have been harmed by the law, more than half reported it led to higher costs while about 20 percent say it made it more difficult to get coverage. ...

48 percent back Proposition 45, a measure that would give the state’s elected insurance commissioner the authority to regulate health insurance rates. Some 38 percent are opposed and 14 percent are undecided....

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