Health Quality An Issue For Poor, 2 Years Into Obamacare, Poll Finds

A series of polls in key states by NPR and its partners finds that more than half of adults in the U.S. believe the Affordable Care Act has either helped the people of their state or has had no effect. Those sentiments are common despite all the political wrangling that continues over the law.

About a third (35 percent) of adults say the law has directly helped the people of their state, while a quarter (27 percent) say it has directly hurt people.

You can find the detailed results of the national poll here and results on how income affects health care here.

Results for the individual states:



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“The proportion of U.S. adults who believe the law helped people in their state about equals the proportion who believe it hurt them,” says Robert J. Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “On the other hand, on a personal level, most Americans do not believe the law directly affected them.”

The polls conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard Chan School are part of an in-depth study to assess the changing health care landscape in the two years since the Affordable Care Act took effect.

In seven separate state polls, approximately 1,000 people were surveyed in Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin. A nationally representative survey of 1,002 people was also done, asking the same questions. People were contacted by telephone (cellphone and landline) from Sept. 8 to Nov. 9, 2015.

We wanted to find out more about what is going on in these states when it comes to health care — and we asked people about their personal experiences.

We sought to find out what, if anything, has changed in how people get health care and what the quality of that care currently is. How big of an impact are cost increases having? Are there more or fewer barriers to care in the wake of the

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