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Kaiser Family Foundation Tracking Poll

With so much happening in Washington everyday, health care cost discussions seem to get buried in the news fray.

But the latest Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll finds its still top of mind for voters and its the main issue they want to hear about from candidates before the midterm elections this year. 

The February poll finds a slight increase in the share of the public who say they have a favorable view of the Affordable Care Act, from 50 percent in January to 54 percent this month.

According to Kaiser, the majority (83 percent) of Democrats continue to view the law favorably (including six in ten who now say they hold a “very favorable” view, up from 48 percent last month) while nearly eight in ten Republicans (78 percent) view the law unfavorably (unchanged from last month).

Forty percent of those surveyed are either unaware that the ACA’s individual mandate has been repealed (40 percent) or are aware that it has been repealed, but incorrectly think the requirement is not in effect in 2018 (21 percent). Few (13 percent) are aware the requirement has been repealed, but is still in effect for 2018.

The poll reports that more than twice as many voters mention health care costs (22 percent) as mention repealing/opposing the ACA (7 percent) as the top health care issue they most want to hear 2018 candidates discuss in their campaigns. 

Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli is a features writer at The Post-Star. She can be reached at for comments or story ideas. 



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