Chartpack: The Public's Health Care Agenda for the 113th Congress

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Chartpack: The Public's Health Care Agenda for the 113th Congress

  1. 1. NOTE: Some items asked of half sample. Don’t know/Refused answers not shown.SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health CareAgenda for the 113th Congress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)Creating Health Insurance Exchanges Tops The Priority ListFor States20%30%30%33%37%39%55%26%35%35%33%30%36%31%14%16%12%10%10%11%6%39%17%21%22%20%12%5%Top Priority Important but a lower priority Not too important Should not be doneNow I’d like to ask you about possible priorities for your state’s governor and legislature when it comes to healthpolicy this year. Should each of the following be a top priority, important but a lower priority, not too important orshould it not be done?50%Creating a health insurance exchange or marketplaceSupporting women’s access to family planning andother reproductive health servicesIncreasing state regulation of health insurancepremiumsIncreasing state regulation of charges by doctors andhospitalsExpanding MedicaidCreating or supporting programs to fight obesityLimiting women’s access to family planning andother reproductive health services
  2. 2. NOTE: Other/Neither (vol.) and Don’t know/Refused answers not shown.SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health CareAgenda for the 113th Congress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)More Support Than Oppose Medicaid ExpansionAs you may know, the health care law expands Medicaid to provide health insurance to more low-income uninsuredadults. The federal government will initially pay the entire cost of this expansion, and after several years, states willpay 10 percent and the federal government will pay 90 percent. The Supreme Court ruled that states may choosewhether or not to participate in this expansion. What do you think your state should do?66%45%23%42%27%46%75%52%RepublicansIndependentsDemocratsTotalKeep Medicaid as it is today Expand Medicaid to cover more low-income people
  3. 3. NOTE: Some items asked of separate half samples. Don’t know/Refused answers not shown.SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health CareAgenda for the 113th Congress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)Majority Want No Spending Cuts To Education, Medicare,And Social SecurityIf the president and Congress decide to reduce the deficit by reducing spending on federal programs and services,I’d like to know which programs you would be wiling to see spending reduced. For each program I name, please tellme if you would support major spending reductions, minor spending reductions or no reductions at all as a way toreduce the federal deficit.9%13%15%27%29%31%32%40%46%58%58%61%34%27%39%50%41%40%47%34%37%29%31%23%52%54%43%21%28%26%18%24%16%12%10%14%Foreign AidThe conflict in AfghanistanSalaries and benefits for federal government workersUnemployment insuranceFood stampsNational defenseAid to farmersHealth insurance subsidiesMedicaidSocial SecurityMedicarePublic educationNo reductions Minor reductions Major reductions
  4. 4. SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health CareAgenda for the 113th Congress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)Seniors Most Likely To Say Medicare Is Working WellWould you say the current Medicare program is working well for most seniors, or not?80%62%52%60%15%29%31%28%5%9%17%12%65+50-6418-49TotalYes, Medicare is working well No, Medicare is not working well Dont know/Refused
  5. 5. NOTE: Asked of half sample. Don’t know/Refused answers not shown.SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health CareAgenda for the 113th Congress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)Most Believe Deficit Reduction Can Happen Without CuttingMedicare76%73%81%75%21%20%13%19%RepublicansIndependentsDemocratsTotalCan reduce deficit without reductions in MedicareMedicare spending needs cuts to reduce deficitWhich comes closer to your opinion: if the president and Congress made the right changes, they could reduce thefederal budget deficit without major reductions in Medicare spending, or in order to significantly reduce the federalbudget deficit, the president and Congress will need to make major cuts in Medicare spending?
  6. 6. NOTE: Don’t know/Refused answers not shown.SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health CareAgenda for the 113th Congress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)Support For Various Deficit Reducing Changes to MedicareI’m going to read you some changes to the Medicare program that have been discussed as ways to reduce thefederal budget deficit. Please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose each one.3%16%23%26%32%68%10%27%23%22%27%17%24%22%21%12%17%6%61%33%30%39%21%7%Strongly favor Somewhat favor Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose50%Requiring drug companies to give the federal government abetter deal on medications for low-income people onMedicareRequiring only high income seniors to pay higher MedicarepremiumsGradually raising the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65to 67 for future retireesReducing payments to hospitals and other health careproviders for treating people covered by MedicareIncreasing the payroll taxes workers and employers pay tohelp fund MedicareRequiring all seniors to pay higher Medicare premiums
  7. 7. 42%67%35%14%32%21%34%50%21%8%26%35%TotalDemocratsIndependentsRepublicansNOTE: Don’t know/Refused answers not shown.SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health CareAgenda for the 113th Congress (conducted January 3-9, 2013)Partisan Differences On Role Of Government In Health CareWhen it comes to making the health care system in American work well, do you think each of the following shouldplay a major role, a minor role or no role?27%38%58%43%48%41%32%39%22%17%8%14%Major role Minor role No roleThe federal government State governments
  8. 8. NOTE: Asked of half sample in 2013. Only responses of 10% or more shown. Other and Don’t know/Refused answers not shown.SOURCE: Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health, The Public’s Health CareAgenda for the 113th Congress (conducted January 3-9, 2013); Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health(conducted April 11-15, 2007)Threat Of Obesity Up Over Time, HIV/AIDS Down56%35%30%26%10%54%31%14%6%32%CancerHeart diseaseDiabetesObesityHIV2013 2007What two diseases or health conditions do you think pose the greatest health threats to the American public?{open-end}

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