Study: People Like Obamacare Better Than Employer Plans


People love Obamacare. Wow, those are words I was afraid would never come. Despite Republicans’ obsessive hatred of the largest piece of healthcare legislation since Medicare, the people are coming around.

In the abstract, people have pretty much always liked Obamacare. When asked whether insurance companies should be allowed to drop sick people or whether unemployed people should have affordable healthcare, the majority of people have agreed with what the legislation provides.

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Even when asked about the Affordable Care Act, people like that – better than “Obamacare,” which is the exact same thing. The problem all along is that the President’s name has been attached to the slang for the law.

Now, though, people simply like it, no matter the name. According to J.D. Power and Associates, people rate their plans obtained through Obamacare at 696 out of 1,000, as opposed to 679 out of 1,000 for employer-based plans.

People who enrolled last year and automatically renewed for this year rate it even higher – 744 out of 1,000. According to the study:

The factors considered by the survey included cost, coverage, customer service and claims processing — with cost making the biggest difference in satisfaction.

Cost is the most influential attribute driving satisfaction among marketplace plan members.

The survey also reveals the varying opinions by customers under different types of ObamaCare marketplaces.

Satisfaction was highest in the 10 states that rely on a partnership with the federal government, which includes Arkansas, Oregon and West Virginia. That rating was 716 out of 1,000.

Federal marketplaces were second-most popular, rated 699, while state-based marketplaces received a 683 rating.

Source: The Hill

Keep in mind that these are actual customers. When people who aren’t customers are asked, the numbers still favor the Affordable Care Act, but not by much. A Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that 43 percent of people favor the law and 42 percent are against it.

Not surprisingly, that’s still very partisan. 70 percent of Democrats are for the law and 75 percent of Republicans are against it. Perhaps as more Republicans actually participate in the exchanges, those numbers will turn around as well.

H/T: The Hill | Featured image via Pixabay.

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