WASHINGTON – Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obamas health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly.
An Associated Press-GfK poll found a striking level of unease about the law among people who have health insurance and arent looking for government help. Those are the 85 percent of Americans who the White House says dont have to be worried about the presidents push to expand coverage for the uninsured.
In the survey, nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year – mostly for the worse. Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the laws passage.
Sixty-nine percent say their premiums will be going up, while 59 percent say annual deductibles or copayments are increasing. Only 21 percent of those with private coverage said their plan is expanding to cover more types of medical care, although coverage of preventive care at no charge to the patient has been required by the law for the past couple of years.
Rightly or wrongly, people with private insurance looking at next year are really worried about what is going to happen, said Robert Blendon, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, who tracks public opinion on health care issues.
Political leanings seemed to affect perceptions of eroding coverage, with larger majorities of Republicans and independents saying their coverage will be affected.