LOS ANGELES (CBSDC/AP) — A new Field Poll finds most of those who would qualify for insurance coverage or tax breaks under President Barack Obama’s health care reforms don’t know it.
That’s one of the key findings of the survey released Wednesday. It found many voters remain confused by the health overhaul, more than three years after it became law.
The survey questioned uninsured, lower-income voters who would qualify for coverage. It found slightly more than half either didn’t know it or believed the opposite — that they were not eligible.
“For example, just 48% of low-income voters eligible to receive free health coverage next year under the expanded Medi-Cal program know that they are eligible,” the poll states. “Similarly, just one in three (33%) moderate-income voters not currently covered under an employer, union or government insurance program who are eligible to receive tax credits to reduce the costs of their insurance are aware of their eligibility.”
The confusion was broader for voters currently not covered by an employer or government program but who would qualify for tax credits when buying coverage.
The Field Poll also finds that 59 percent of Californians believe that there is not enough primary care physicians to handle the additional patients once “Obamacare” is implemented.
“Views about this tend to be partisan-based. Democrats are evenly divided, with 46% believing there will be enough doctors to handle the additional patients and 47% saying there will not be,” the poll states. “Republicans, on the other hand, are more skeptical, with five times as many believing there will not be enough doctors to handle the expanded patient load (80% to 16%).”
The telephone poll of 1,200 voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
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